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OCZ's new Octane line of solid-state drives (SSDs) marks something of a homecoming for the company: Its original Vertex series used Indilinx controllers, before SandFroce slowly started creeping in and taking over. But after OCZ acquired Indilinx last year, it was only a matter of time until their relationship was consummated again, and the Octane is the result. Judging by the 512GB model ($879.99 list) we tested, the second marriage between the two is off to a good start. For consumers the news is somewhat less sure, as in most circumstances the Octane does not own the field. But all in all, this is a nice place to start (or restart, as the case may be). Indilinx has provided for the Octane the Everest controller platform, which is available on the line in both 6Gbps SATA III and 3Gbps SATA II flavors. (You can tell the difference by the label colors on the drives: orange for SATA III and blue for SATA II; ours was the speedier former.) The controller, which in this drive's case is the IDX300M00-BC, supports up to eight channels and 16-way interleaving and does not have any limitations on data compression the way many SandForce drives do, which in theory should give it more balanced performance across a wider range of tasks.
OCZ is a name we all know for a variety of products, both good and bad. From power supplies to DRAM, cooling products to brain controlled hardware, and finally to storage solutions in the form of solid state drives. At this point in time OCZ is primarily a storage solution company, after backing out of the DRAM market. They currently specialize in NAND based storage solutions and their line of power supplies. OCZ offers solid state drives in many capacities and form factors to fit both the consumer and enterprise market, from PCIe drives like the Z Drive R4, to the more mundane Agility series. Last year OCZ announced their intentions to acquire the controller manufacturer Indilinx. The Octane series of drives are the the first fruits of this acquisition, with the addition of the Everest NAND controller. This new drive boasts specifications that include up to 535MB/s read and up to 400MB/s write, Latency reduction technology, Trim Support, AES Encryption, NDurance technology to increase the lifespan of the NAND, 25nm MLC flash, and come in capacities from 128GB to 1TB. Add in a 3 year warranty and the drive looks ready to compete with the SandForce equipped drives on the market.
The OCZ Octane 512GB offers high capacity, SATA 6Gbps performance, but at what price?So you want a high performance solid state drive? For goodness sake get something with a SandForce SSD controller. That's the prevailing wisdom the new OCZ Octane 512GB must dismantle if it's to succeed.SandForce's second generation SF-2000 family of controllers has been a big hit despite early concerns over stability issues. In fact, OCZ has itself used the SF-2281 in a number of drives including the OCZ Vertex 3 240GB and OCZ Agility 3 240GB. Plenty of other popular drives, including the Corsair Force 3 120GB, also pack SandForce technology.But choice is a fine thing, so we're pleased and impressed in equal measure to find OCZ has come up with something unique for the new OCZ Octane 512GB and indeed the rest of the new Octane and Petrol SSD families. That's right, by way of first acquiring SSD controller specialist Indilinx OCZ has produced its very own SSD controller, known as the Everest. SSD performance is more multi-discipline decathlon than single-distance time trial. A drive that delivers impressive peak performance doesn't always deliver the goods in random access workloads, for instance.
Powered by the new Indilinx Everest controller, the OCZ Octane SSD is supposed to be different from other recent solid-state drives that use the well-established SandForce controller. However, chances are you'll find it exactly the same as any other standard SATA 2.5-inch internal drive, though with time and scrutiny it does turn out to be slightly slower in terms of data copy speed than other enthusiast-class SSDs. More than making up for this, the new Octane comes with much friendlier price tag, with the 256GB version only costing around $370. While this is still very expensive, it's much more affordable than the $500 or so that you'd have to pay for other SSDs of the same capacity, such as the Samsung 830 series, or the Patriot Wildfire. Big spenders can also opt for the 1TB version of the drive, which is the largest capacity option among consumer-grade SSDs. If you're looking to replace your laptop's or desktop's main internal drive to significantly improve the system's overall performance, the OCZ Octane would make an excellent investment. OCZ Technology Group introduced its Indilinx Everest controller in July and the Octane is the first drive from the company to incorporate it.
OCZ had been a strong partner of Indilinx, dating all the way back dating back to the original Vertex series of SSDs, which featured the Indilinx Barefoot controller. Due to stiff competition from Intel and SandForce, on both the price and performance fronts back then, Indilinx-based SSDs ultimately fell out of favor with enthusiasts. And when the company failed to launch a next-gen SATA 6.0Gbps capable controller on time it all but fell off the map. There were rumblings of an upcoming controller that would compete favorably with newer offerings, but nothing ever materialized. Then, in March of this year, OCZ announced that they had plans to acquire Indilinx. A few months have passed since the acquisition, but today the combined forces of OCZ and their recently assimilated team members from Indilinx are ready to officially unveil the OCZ Octane series of solid state drives, which are based on the new Indilinx Everest platform. Everest builds upon the previous gen Indilinx Barefoot controller, but offers a SATA 6.0Gbps interface and support for the latest NAND flash technologies, among other things.
|128GB Octane Series - Solid state drive - Internal - 2.5 - SATA-600 - buffer: 512 MB||$141.99||See it|
|OCZ 128GB Octane SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-Inch Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max 470MB/s Read and Max 4KB Write 18K IOPS-OCT1-25SAT3-128G||$144.31||See it|
|OCZ Octane 256GB 2.5 SATA III Solid State Drive (SSD)||$172.99||See it|
|OCZ 256GB Octane SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-Inch Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max 480MB/s Read and Max 4KB Write 25K IOPS-OCT1-25SAT3-256G||$233.9||See it|
|OCZ 128GB Octane SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-Inch Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max 470MB/s Read and Max 4KB Write 18K IOPS-OCT1-25SAT3-128G||$237.49||See it|
|OCZ 256GB Octane SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-Inch Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max 480MB/s Read and Max 4KB Write 25K IOPS-OCT1-25SAT3-256G||$244.47||See it|
|Octane Series solid state drive - 512 GB - SATA-600||$849.99||See it|
|OCZ 512GB Octane SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-Inch Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max 480MB/s Read and Max 4KB Write 26K IOPS-OCT1-25SAT3-512G||$899.99||See it|
|OCZ 512GB Octane SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-Inch Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max 480MB/s Read and Max 4KB Write 26K IOPS-OCT1-25SAT3-512G||$1098.76||See it|
|OCZ Technology 1 TB Octane SATA 6 GB/s 2.5-Inch Performance Solid State Drive with Max 460 MB/s Read/Max 4 KB Write (OCT1-25SAT3-1T)||$2699.99||See it|
|OCZ Technology 1 TB Octane SATA 6 GB/s 2.5-Inch Performance Solid State Drive with Max 460 MB/s Read/Max 4 KB Write (OCT1-25SAT3-1T)||$2724.96||See it|