OCZ Octane Series SATA III Solid State Drive Review - HotHardware

OCZ Octane Series SATA III Solid State Drive Review

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Our Test Methodologies: Under each test condition, the Solid State Drives tested here were installed as secondary volumes in our testbed, with a standard spinning hard disk for the OS and benchmark installations. Out testbed's motherboard was updated with the latest BIOS available as of press time and AHCI mode was enabled. The SSDs were secure erased and left blank without partitions wherever possible, unless a test required them to be partitioned and formatted, as was the case with our ATTO, PCMark 7, and CrystalDiskMark benchmark tests. Windows firewall, automatic updates and screen savers were all disabled before testing. In all test runs, we rebooted the system and waited several minutes for drive activity to settle before invoking a test.

HotHardware Test System
Intel Core i7 and SSD Powered

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Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7-2600K

Asus P8Z6-V Pro
(Z68 Chipset, AHCI Enabled)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285

4GB Kingston DDR3-1600

Integrated on board

WD Raptor 150GB (OS Drive)
Samsung SSD 830 (256GB)
OCZ Vertex 3 MaxIOPs (240GB)
Corsair Force GT (240GB)
Patriot Wildfire (120GB)
Crucial M4 (256)
OCZ Octane (512GB)

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Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
Intel 9.2.0.1030, iRST 10.5.1027
DirectX 11

NVIDIA GeForce 275.33

Benchmarks Used:
IOMeter 1.1.0 RC
HD Tune v4.61
ATTO v2.47
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark v3.01 x64
PCMark 7
SiSoftware Sandra 2011

IOMeter
I/O Subsystem Measurement Tool

As we've noted in previous SSD articles, though IOMeter is clearly a well-respected industry standard drive benchmark, we're not completely comfortable with it for testing SSDs. The fact of the matter is, though our actual results with IOMeter appear to scale properly, it is debatable whether or not certain access patterns, as they are presented to and measured on an SSD, actually provide a valid example of real-world performance for the average end user. That said, we do think IOMeter is a gauge for relative available throughput with a given storage solution. In addition there are certain higher-end workloads you can place on a drive with IOMeter, that you really can't with most other benchmark tools available currently.

In the following tables, we're showing two sets of access patterns; our Workstation pattern, with an 8K transfer size, 80% reads (20% writes) and 80% random (20% sequential) access and IOMeter's default access pattern of 2K transfers, 67% reads (34% writes) and 100% random access.

The OCZ Octane put up IOMeter scores that were competitive or somewhat better than SandForce-based offerings using our particular access patterns. The Samsung drive took the lead in most tests, but the OCZ Octane remained competitive in our workstation access pattern and even outpaced the remaining drives using IOMeter's default access pattern. The Octane's maximum response times, however, trailed all the others.

SiSoft SANDRA 2011
Synthetic HDD Benchmarking

Next we ran SiSoft SANDRA, the the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. Here, we used the Physical Disk test suite and provided the results from our comparison SSDs. The benchmarks were run without formatting and read and write performance metrics are detailed below.

The new OCZ Octane performed well in the SiSoft SANDRA Physical Disk benchmark. Here, the drive offered competitive read speeds that were on par with other high-end SSDs and strong write speeds approaching the 400MB/s mark. The SandForce-based drives, however, held onto a big lead here in terms of write performance.
 

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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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