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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
OCZ Octane SATA 6 Gb/s Indilinx Everest SSD
Closer Look: OCZ Octane SSD
Features and Specifications
SSD Testing Methodology
AS-SSD Benchmark
ATTO Disk Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 Tests
Iometer IOPS Performance
EVEREST Disk Benchmark
PCMark Vantage HDD Tests
OCZ Octane SSD Conclusion

OCZ Octane SSD Conclusion

IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating specifically for the product tested which may differ from future versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.

Compared to toggle and asynchronous components used in older SSD products, synchronous NAND flash used in new products like the OCZ Octane series represent the future of consumer-level solid state drives. Not only are these components fast, but they maintain better performance throughout the product's lifetime. Compared to toggle and asynchronous NAND flash, synchronous components resist performance degradation as storage capacity is filled. Our performance rating considers how effective the OCZ Octane solid state drive performs in file transfer operations against competing storage solutions. For reference, the 512GB model is specified to produce 480 MB/s read speeds and 330 MB/s writes, yet in our storage benchmark tests the OCZ Octane solid state drive (model OCT1-25SAT3-512G) performed at or above these speeds. Our test results demonstrated the OCZ Octane SSD was good for delivering 542/356 MB/s peak read and writes speeds using ATTO Disk Benchmark SSD speed tests... performing significantly higher than OCZ's specification. Linear file transfers with Everest Disk Benchmark produced 489/289 MB/s, which exceeds performance of both SATA 6 Gb/s Crucial RealSSD products. In general, transfer speeds were especially fast.

The 512GB OCZ Octane SSD sent to us for testing is advertised to deliver up to 26,000 random 4KB write IOPS and 35,000 random 4KB read IOPS, although it's unclear which tools and configuration settings were used to produce these particular specifications. Using Iometer operational performance tests configured to a queue depth of 32 outstanding I/O's per target, our benchmarks produced 21,775 combined IOPS performance. In comparison, this doesn't improve much over the previous Indilinx Barefoot controller's IOPS performance. In the 4K 32QD tests with AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark, the OCZ Octane SSD fares well enough, but clearly strives to excel in workstation-level file transfer performance over operational transactions which a server might depend on.

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Solid State Drives are low-visibility products: you see them just long enough to install and then they're forgotten. Like their Hard Disk Drive counterparts, Solid State Drives are meant to place function before fashion. Anything above and beyond a simple metal shell is already more than what's expected in terms of the appearance. OCZ has created a back-to-basics look with the black textured paint finish with orange branding on their Octane series SSDs. As solid state storage controllers become faster and more advanced, heat dissipation through the enclosure walls may demand that chassis designs become more beneficial than they previously needed to be. This isn't the case yet, and a metal chassis suits Indilinx Infused Everest SSDs nicely.

Construction is probably the strongest feature credited to the entire SSD product segment, and OCZ products seldom offer exception to this rule. Solid-state storage is by nature immune to most abuses, but add a hard metal shell and the chance of failure is reduced to internal component defects. If any Octane series SSD product happens to fail during the 3-year warranty period, end-users may contact OCZ via the company website or extensive support forums. Fortunately, there's also a toll-free telephone number (800-459-1816) for free technical support and customer service questions. OCZ has been proven to be one of the best companies in the business when it comes to customer service, and replacement parts are often sent with priority delivery.

As of late February 2012, the OCZ Octane SSD is available online in the following models and prices:

Overall, I really like the OCZ Octane SSD. It's aimed at the performance consumer segment, and I feel that it addresses their needs. It's fast, and the dual-core Indilinx Everest processor reads data at nearly the limit of SATA 6 Gb/s. Although the IOPS performance doesn't allow massive concurrent transactions like a database server would require, OCZ's not suggesting this drive for the Enterprise segment. Additionally, the use of 25nm synchronous NAND flash components and large 512MB cache buffer ensure that power-users never have to wait for their programs to open or data to be fetched. This is OCZ's first in-house SSD, and as a result support for it will be above and beyond what we've seen in their other product lines. For many consumers, it's all about performance specifications regardless of their needs. For those enthusiasts willing to recognize that OCZ's Octane SSD offers everything they could need, it will burn through everything they throw at it.

Pros:Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award

+ Impressive 542/356 MBps read/write transfer speeds
+ Automatic AES data encryption
+ Indilinx Everest SSD processor supports TRIM garbage collection
+ 3-Year OCZ product warranty support
+ Indilinx Ndurance technology extends NAND lifetime
+ 128/256/512GB high-speed SSD storage capacities
+ Lightweight compact storage solution
+ Resistant to extreme shock impact
+ Low power consumption may extend battery life

Cons:

- Some manufacturers offer five-year warranty
- Expensive enthusiast-level product
- Lacks 3.5" drive tray adapter kit

Ratings:

  • Performance: 8.75
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.00
  • Value: 7.75

Final Score: 8.8 out of 10.

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.

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# PRICErealneil 2012-02-24 06:12
SSD's still cost too much. I have a few small ones, but cannot afford the larger, better performing drives yet.
Once they get their prices down, (by more than a little) they will have an explosion in sales.
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# Smaller SSDs are affordableMergatroid 2012-02-25 17:28
I agree that the larger SSDs are still too expansive. However, the smaller sized units (120 Gb and smaller) work great as boot drives. They really speed up your o/s. They're also big enough to put your favorite apps on and really give them a speed boost. I can't speak for anyone but myself, but I really don't need to have all my storage sped up (in fact, most of my movies, music and archives are on a NAS anyway).
However, I had a 60Gb Patriot Inferno SSD that was a pretty good boot drive, and all I could afford (~250 MB/s). A year later I added another in a RAID 0 and got quite the speed boost (not only in benchmarks, but boot times and load times for games and apps). If anyone had an older SATA II SSD but can't afford to purchase a larger drive, look around for another SATA II SSD for a RAID (make sure your board supports hardware RAID, not software). I wouldn't recommend this for people who already own an SATA III SSD since they're already fast, however you could add another in RAID 0 if you wanted to increase the size of your boot drive using a RAID volume without paying the higher cost for a larger drive.
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# RE: OCZ Octane SATA 6 Gb/s Indilinx Everest SSDsteve white 2012-02-27 02:10
Colin....maybe I'm not reading your review right but
the IOPS of 35,000 is less than half that of half a
dozen other SATA 111 SSD's on the market that are 40%
cheaper.
I've just ordered a Corsair 120Gb Force GT series 3
and admittedly is a very small temporary storage drive it's
IOPS is 85,000 and 4K sequential read is 550Mb/s and writes at
515Mb/s. Price $234 Aussie dollars.
Currently my 300Gb velociraptor (10,000rpm) is really showing
it's age and is holding the system back.
Any info I want to keep long term I burn onto 25Gb Blu-ray
media and catalogue.
I would be in heaven if I owned OCZ's Vertex 3 X2 hybrid
drive but the price right now is just too high, even if it
is the quickest out there.
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# RE: RE: OCZ Octane SATA 6 Gb/s Indilinx Everest SSDOlin Coles 2012-02-27 07:29
I'm guessing that you read it wrong, since you didn't get my name right.

At any rate, Octane is a plenty-fast SSD that's ideal for users like yourself. If you're running a database server on your system, then IOPS will matter. If you're just running standard applications, you won't notice a difference.
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# Network-capableJohnny-Cakes 2012-03-02 21:30
Colin - I appreciate your feedback on the OCZ Octane SSD card mentioned. Steve White said he bought a Corsair SSD that has and IOPS of 85k, but your comment says that the Octane SSD (at 35k IOPS) is ideal for him. Not sure I understand your feedback that indicates that IOPS matters, and if so, why would the Octane card at 35k IOPS be ideal for him when he has an SSD that does 85k IOPS?

Sorry, I am kind of a newbie looking to upgrade to a new SATA III board and SDD that is at least 300Gig, and don't understand your recommendation?

I don't run a database server on my system (and don't anticipate doing so on the new system), so I'm trying to get my hands around what is a worthwhile investment if i use standard applications plus a couple games like COD MW3, that may benefit from SSD performance?

I am currently under the impression that moving from my Raptor 10k rpm HDD to ANY ssd drive is a move in the right direction, but am thinking a really don't need to be paying the premium to get the highest performing SSD, since per your comment, I'm mostly using standard apps that won't realize much benefit. If COD MW3 is the most demanding app I use, should I even be looking at SSD at this point?
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# Any SSD is sweetMergatroid 2012-03-03 02:02
Even an SATA II SSD would get you 250 MB/s or more. A good SATA III SSD should net you around 500 MB/s.

Any SSD will blow the doors off any mechanical hard drive. Personally, I don't think how demanding the app is should be your deciding factor. I think you should look more at boot times and sheer performance in load times. I could only afford 120G worth of SSD (2 x 60GB in a RAID 0), but my system flies now, and I have installed the games I play the most on this volume and the performance difference is unreal. My system boots in about 15 seconds now. If you're looking at a 300G SSD, you'll get a pretty highly performing unit. It will cost a fair amount, but the performance increase will justify it easily.
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# Fast, while they last...WangoTango 2012-05-02 15:35
I bought 4 of the 512GB OCTANE drives and have had 2 fail, in different laptops. One just flat out died and the other acts as if it is being hot swapped, comes and goes, usually goes. One is off on an RMA now, getting ready to start a trouble ticket on the other. Got me so spooked that I replaced one critical drive with a Crucial 512GB. Got my fingers crossed on the other two units.
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