Reviews and Problems with OCZ Octane Series (OCT1-25SAT3)
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OCZ Octane 512GB Solid State Drive
8 June 2012
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Summary: The biggest problem with the OCZ Octane is Samsung’s 830 Series, which is available in the same capacities (aside from the Octane’s unmatched 1TB model), is faster in every single benchmark, and is cheaper than the Octane—by $100, at the 512GB capacity. The Octane has more-than-reasonable performance and we like the fact that it has the new Indilinx controller, but given its price and the existence of cheaper, better alternatives, it’s not the best bang for your buck.
Pros: New controller, plenty of cache; decent speeds; strong writes.
Summary: Without a doubt the OCZ Octane is a fast SSD, but is it the fastest? Well the short answer is no. That said, we do not believe the Octane needs to be the fastest SSD on the planet to be a success. Rather OCZ need to focus on creating a stable and reliable SSD that won’t break the bank while delivering an attractive level of performance.
Summary: Among SSDs from OCZ there is one very interesting series of products – Octane built on a unique Indilinx Everest controller. We haven’t yet reviewed drives like that therefore it was particularly interesting to see if Octane would become a worthy competitor to popular SSDs on SandForce and Marvell controllers. Especially since OCZ has recently released a new firmware update for their Octane series, which significantly improves their performance.
Summary: The OCZ Octane has been out for a couple of months now. We haven't seen any reports of widespread issues with it, which is good news. However, there are fewer than 10 user reviews of Octane SSDs on Newegg, suggesting that the number of units in the wild—or, at least in the hands of enthusiasts—is relatively small. We'll keep an eye on things moving forward, but it's encouraging that the latest firmware contains performance enhancements rather than bug fixes.
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.
Pros: 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
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Conclusion: Let us summarise the most important positive and negative points below: OCZ can be very proud of what they have achieved with their first SSD based on their own controller. In the real world the Octane is very fast, and depending on your PC usage pattern, the Octane could be the fastest SSD currently available.
Pros: Silky smooth operation as a system drive., Excellent sequential reading and writing performance., Very good 4K random I/O performance at low queue depths., SATA 6Gbps support., TRIM support under Windows 7., Lightning fast access times., Completely silent operation., Fast operating system start-up and shutdown times., 3 years warranty.
Cons: Writing speeds do not scale very well when queue depths rise.