Reviews and Problems with OCZ Synapse Series (SYN-25SAT3)
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OCZ Synapse Cache 64GB Solid State Drive Review
6 February 2012
Summary: Final Thoughts
You know I honestly was a little skeptical about these supposed caching drives. I mean I knew what they were supposed to do but I did not expect to see such a performance increase. I mean using the hybrid solution is just like using a normal solid state drive really. The performance I saw was just extraordinary, especially since I knew the drive I was testing was not a solid state drive, I was testing a hybrid solution.
Pros: – Near solid state drive performance, – Improves Windows 7 boot time, – Easy to setup software, – 3 year warranty
Cons: – Dataplex software can only be used on Windows 7 systems
Summary: OCZ's Synapse Cache solid state drives work quite well at offering a relatively important performance increase to non-Z68 motherboards. Users will see quicker program load and execution thanks to its fast caching feature. This is also achieved without formatting the existing hard drive, reinstalling the OS or having to buy a new system just to get the increased performance.
Pros: Compatible with any system, Improves overall system performance, Saves from having to rebuild or install a fresh OS, Don't have to build a new Z68 system, Very easy to install and setup, Good SATA3 transfer rates
Cons: More expensive than regular non-cache SSDs, Check the OS RAID fix if you have setup issues
Summary: OCZ's Synapse Caching SSD is truly an impressive product. It enables you to get near-SSD performance from a hard disk, of any size, multiple TBs are no problem. Installation of the software is easy and can be completed even by novice users. On the other hand there are no tweakable parameters for power users, not that we saw any need for manual tweaking - the drive combo performed great out of the box.
Pros: Huge performance improvement, Relatively cheap way to get SSD-like performance for a big harddrive, Simple software setup, no tweaks required, SATA 6 Gbps support, Supports TRIM, 3 year warranty, Nice looking, rugged metal case, 3.5" adapter included
Cons: Dataplex only works on primary HDD, High price, considering this a 60 GB SSD, No support for Linux/MacOS, No tweakable parameters