|OCZ Octane SATA 6 Gb/s Indilinx Everest SSD|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 21 February 2012|
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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.
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.
+ Impressive 542/356 MBps read/write transfer speeds
- Some manufacturers offer five-year warranty
Final Score: 8.8 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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