Don't underestimate the power of finely tuned firmware. Underscoring this point is the release of new enhanced IOPS firmware (v1.13) for OCZ's
Octane SATA 3.0 Series solid state drives (SSDs). With the new firmware applied, OCZ promises significant improvements to write performance, over double in some capacities.
For all Octane SATA 6Gb/s models, the improved IOPS made possible by this new firmware allow for greater transactional performance, especially during small file and random access speeds in everyday computing applications," OCZ said. "When compared to the previous revision, random write IOPS performance doubles across nearly all capacities when tested in Iometer 2008."
OCZ reports random write 4K IOPS increasing from 7,700 to 18,000 after applying the new firmware to the Octane 128GB SSD, from 12,000 to 25,000 for the 256GB model, and from 16,000 to 26,000 for the 512GB model. Color us impressed.