OCZ "Octane" is First 2.5-inch SSD Line to Scale to 1TB

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Need a 1TB solid state drive? OCZ Technology's new Octane line might be just what you're looking for. These new drives will be available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities, the latter of which is the first 2.5-inch SSD in the world to offer such a copious amount of storage.

OCZ is making use of its Indilinx acquisition and has outfitted these drives with the Indilinx Everest controller.

"OCZ has reached an important milestone in the development of its own controller technology," said James E. Bagley, Senior Analyst with Storage Strategies NOW. "The high sustained performance, even with compressed files, the rapid boot feature and high access speeds using SATA 3.0 protocol puts their controller technology in the major league."

"Until now SSDs have been tailored for specific applications, forcing users into a product which maximizes performance for a narrow band of applications, but is significantly lacking in others," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. "The Octane Series solves this problem by providing the highest level of performance across varied workloads including mixed file sizes and mixed compressible and uncompressible data, all while nearly doubling NAND flash endurance."

Read and write speeds on the SATA 6Gbps version can get up to 560MB/s and 400MB/s, respectively, along with 45,000 random read 4K IOPS. There's also a SATA 3Gbps variant -- Octane-S2 -- that's rated at up to 275MB/s read and 265MB/s speeds with 30,000 random read 4K IOPS. Both variants come with Indilinx's proprietary NDurance technology, which is supposed to increase the lifespan of the NAND flash memory. AES encryption is supported too.

Look for these drives to ship on November 1, 2011. No word yet on price.
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Sounds like OCZ has a heck of a winner on their hands with this drive series. Can't wait to read a HH review on them though I am sure at least initially that the prices are going to be out the range of most of us normal people.

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OCZ is making use of its Indilinx acquisition and has outfitted these drives with the Indilinx Everest controller.

"I like the name *Octane*, good marketing name. Knowing OCZ , these drive will be very affordable. My question is, in the long, if the Indilinx Everest controller prove to be very reliable, will they make available the controller to other companies like  Sandforce does. Can you imagine Intel as a client of OCZ, better yet, imagine Intel acquiring OCZ ?." 

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AKwyn replied on Thu, Oct 20 2011 2:54 PM

All I have to say is these drives better be cheap, or else...


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LBowen replied on Thu, Oct 20 2011 3:40 PM

1TB on a SSD I wouldn't expect to be cheap, I guess we will have to wait and see :)

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pwrntspd replied on Thu, Oct 20 2011 5:53 PM

So...am i going to have to sell a kidney to pay for one of these?

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rrplay replied on Thu, Oct 20 2011 8:33 PM


All I have to say is these drives better be cheap, or else...

Well not all that sure as too how soon the SSD prices are going to be a bit more affordable esp for larger higher performing SSD like these , but if any of us folks on a slim budget  are considering getting some storage HDDs ... now might  be a pretty good time with the Thailand flooding affecting the manufacturing and shipping for major players such as WD Seagate etc. >>> esp in November

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now we are talking................... 1TB of blazing fast SSD goodness.!!

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gazd1 replied on Fri, Oct 21 2011 10:16 AM

I like the idea of these larger SSD drives, but I don't use the larger drives much at all as I just burn to CD or DVD instead. It's good to see though, but I don't like these larger companies buying out these smaller firms like Indilinx. I just think that all these little companies make up a whole world lot more of freedom, rather than monopoly based companies.

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gloriad1 replied on Fri, Oct 21 2011 10:22 AM

Yeah! I agree about the monopoly bit, but at least OCZ is a good sort of company. I like these larger drives, it's just that it will cost a fortune to buy and I don't think that I can afford to buy these at all. Maybe several years down the line, I'll be able to afford one.

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