OCZ Octane Series SATA III Solid State Drive Review - HotHardware

OCZ Octane Series SATA III Solid State Drive Review

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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.

We’ve had an OCZ Octane 512GB SSD in the lab for a few days now and have run it through a series a tests, comparing it to a handful of other popular drives throughout. Check out the pages ahead for the full scoop...

   
512GB OCZ Octane SSD

OCZ Octane Series Solid State Drives
Specifications & Features
Physical
Usable Capacities (IDEMA)

  • 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
NAND Components
  • 2Xnm Synchronous Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
Interface
  • SATA III / 6Gbps (backwards compatible with SATA II / 3Gbps)
Form Factor
  • 2.5 Inch
NAND Controller
  • Indilinx Everest
DRAM Cache
  • Up to 512MB
Dimensions (L x W x H)
  • 99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3 mm
Weight
  • 83g
Reliability/Protection/Security
MTBF
  • 1.25 million hours
Data Path Protection
  • BCH ECC corrects up to 78 random bits/1KB
Data Encryption
  • 256-bit AES-compliant, ATA Security Mode Features
Product Health Monitoring
  • Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) Support
Flash Endurance Management
  • Indilinx NDurance Technology
Environmental
Power Consumption
  • Idle: 1.15 W Active: 1.98 W
Operating Temperature
  • 0°C ~ 70°C
Ambient Temperature
  • 0°C ~ 55°C
Storage Temperature
  • -45°C ~ 85°C
Shock Resistance
  • 1500G

Compatibility
Serial ATA (SATA)

  • Fully compliant with Serial ATA International Organization: Serial ATA Revision 3.0.
  • Fully compliant with ATA/ATAPI-8 Standard Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
Operating System
  • Windows XP 32-bit /64-bit; Windows Vista 32-bit / 64-bit; Windows 7 32-bit / 64-bit
  • Linux; Mac OS X

Additional Features
Performance Optimization

  • TRIM (requires OS support), dynamic and static wear-leveling, background garbage collection, boot time reduction optimization
Other Performance Features
  • Industry-low latency: Read: 0.06ms; Write: 0.09ms, strong performance at lower queue depths (QD1-QD3), optimized for 4K to 16K compressed files
Service & Support
  • 3-Year Warranty, Toll-Free Tech Support, 24 Hour Forum Support

The OCZ Octane series of solid state drives will be offered in both SATA III (6.0Gbps) and SATA II (3.0Gbps) varieties, with orange decals designating the former and light-blue decals the latter. The drive we have pictured here is a nearly top-of-the-line SATA III model sporting a 512GB total capacity.

  

OCZ has made some changes to their packaging with these drives and have replaced the flat, cardboard boxes of older drives with a transparent plastic blister pack that showcases the drive prominently. Included within the package—along with the drive itself, of course—were a user’s manual, an installation guide, and a “My SSD is faster than your HDD” decal. Notably missing was a 2.5” to 3.5” adapter, but they’re becoming less and less necessary.

Like most other SSDs available today, the OCZ Octane series drives conform to the standard 2.5” form factor and, other than a few stickers, there’s little to differentiate one drive from another, looking at the external design. Crack the OCZ Octane open, however, and it’s a whole different story.

  

As we’ve mentioned, the OCZ Octane is based on the Indilinx Everest controller platform. The exact model of the controller pictured here is the Indilinx IDX300M00-BC. The controller will be offered in both SATA 3.0 and SATA 2.0 flavors, and it features support for up to 8 channels with up to 16-way Interleaving and it does not have any data-compression related limitations, meaning it should perform consistently with both highly-compressible and incompressible data.

The Everest-based OCZ Octane also offers Dynamic and Static wear-leveling and background garbage collection algorithms to maintain strong long-term performance and features “Indilinx nDurance” technology to help minimize write amplification and increase life-span of its NAND Flash memory. The drive also features Indilinx “Fast Boot” technology, which is designed to decrease boot and wake-from-sleep times, but OCZ hasn’t released many details on how the technology works.

Paired to the Indilinx IDX300M00-BC Everest controller in our drive is 512GB (16 x 32GB) of 25nm IMFT synchronous NAND flash memory and 512MB of DRAM cache, comprised of two Micron chips which reside on the top and bottom sides of the PCB.

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Great Review Dave it seems OCZ has a winner on their hands with this drive. As the trouble in with Thailand should drive adoption of SSD's quicker.

I only wish I had one :( from what I hear the HDD is the biggest bottleneck in a system today.

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i've come close to slurging but my motherboard is much too old for decent support let alone trim.

i have friends with ocz drives and they are very pleased. but i think anyone would be pleased going from hdd to ssd, and not getting a bump drive.

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Great review. I liked the shots of the internals as well as the well detailed results... I'm surprised that the Samsung 800 series of SSD's are faster but the Vertex and the Corsair Force GT is faster in others; nice to know that you test manufacturer claims to make sure they are true...

Just proves that HH is the place when it comes to reviews.

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Looks good. If I'm able to spare some $ after the 'holiday season' shopping I might just spring for one. Even if the OCZ write speeds are not the greatest, at least they are pricing aggressively. This may be good for making SSDs more common, given the potential effect of the unfortunate floods in Thailand on HDD supply.

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Very nice review. I agree seeing the internals is pretty cool.

Any idea why they are releasing both SATA II and SATA III interfaces. Are SATA III disks not compatible with SATA II controllers and would they not simply just run at the slower speed.

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"Great read performance all around in every capacity, good enough write speeds on the lower capacities, I'm more concerned about reliability, so I trust that the Indilinx drives will deliver."

@Marco , some spelling errors in the Conclusion:

Strong Read **Performace** The N is Missing

Competitive **Pricinh**

Write speeds below **SansForce**-based drives (SandForce)

However, with incompressible data the OCZ Octane 512GB drive led the **SansForce**-based drives

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I like OCZ, but bad luck that they couldn't do it without buying out Indilinx. I am a strong believer in not having many or any monopolies. Anyway this seems a good product, but the price will be too much for me.

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I thought I'd mention that I've come back a second time to read this review. It's always good to keep in mind something that you may want to get in the future. Good to read this review! Good to keep informed!

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This is a great review guys. I love that you guys do a full tear down of the drive!! That is sooo rare among tech sites and sooo appreciated among techies, especially some of us who know a little bit about what were looking at in there. Keep up the great work...this review was a solid joy to read.

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