OCZ Octane Series SATA III Solid State Drive Review

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PCMark 7 Storage Benchmarks

We really like PCMark 7's Secondary Storage benchmark module for its pseudo real-world application measurement approach to testing. PCMark 7 offers a trace-based measurement of system response times under various scripted workloads of traditional client / desktop system operation. From simple application start-up performance, to data streaming from a drive in a game engine, and video editing with Windows Movie Maker, we feel more comfortable that these tests reasonably illustrate the performance profile of SSDs in an end-user / consumer PC usage model, more so than a purely synthetic transfer test.

Futuremark's PCMark 7 Secondary Storage

The OCZ Octane put up the lowest overall score in the PCMark 7 secondary storage benchmark, but that result is somewhat deceiving. If we tunnel into the individual test results, the OCZ Octane has some of the best scores in 6 of the 7 tests. It's only in the "Starting Applications" test that the Octane trails, and that drags its overall score down.

Having recorded this result, we spent some time launching applications on the OCZ Octane and compared them side-by-side with a SandForce-based drive and there was no perceptible difference.

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