OCZ Octane 512GB Reviewccokeman -
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Does OCZ's Octane drive equipped with their in-house designed and built INDILINX Everest series NAND controller have what it takes to compete with the SandForce steam roller? Yes and no! It keeps up with the massive read speeds in many of the benchmarks, but falls off on the write side in some of the tests, especially at greater que depths. But that's not where this drive is designed to excel. It is designed to deliver a better user experience with compressed data and impressive access times, more along the lines of what the end user will notice and feel. Along that line, the OCZ Octane delivered Windows Start-up and Shutdown times that were identical to the OCZ Vertex 3, a drive seen as the best in the category. The PCMark Vantage tests show that it is not the fastest drive out there, but it does deliver within about 11% of the fastest drive. In the IOMeter testing, the OCZ Everest based Octane kept up with the SandForce based drives in the Total I/O and data throughput tests. In the Crystal DiskMark and AS SSD Sequential read and write testing, the Octane was well within a small percentage point envelope of the highest performing drives in the read testing and the highest performing drive in the write testing.
The Octane boasts an all new controller and proprietary technologies that put it in a position well above the previous generation INDILINX based products and poised to deliver even higher performance metrics. NDurance technology is used to extend the life span of the 25NM NAND, while proprietary page mapping algorithms help drive performance in real world applications. The numbers do not tell the whole story, as the way a drive performs is judged mainly on how responsive it is when working day to day. The Octane was smooth and offered great responsiveness in my little netbook. Instant on is what people want and are conditioned to when working with a mobile device. In the desktop testing the Octane booted into windows in 26 seconds from the push of the power button. It's not instant on, but is pretty quick to say the least. In my netbook this drive is just fast and I make no bones about it. It is now being used in that capacity for some long duration testing. OCZ as a company have taken a beating over the years for the reliability of their SSDs and as one of the larger suppliers, you will hear more grumbling about a bad drive due to the volume on the streets. Just in case anything should go wrong, OCZ has a 3 year warranty on the Octane, along with 24 hour support via their forums. The Octane series is available in capacities from 128GB to 1TB. Pricing will definitely be higher for those looking for a larger drive, with the 512GB Octane seen here setting you back just over $869. Sure that's a steep price, but when you work out the math, it comes down to around $1.75 a GB. Overall OCZ's introduction of the Everest Controller has been a positive one in many ways.
- INDILINX Controller
- 3 Year Warranty
- NDurance™ Technology
- 25nm NAND
- Support system