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OCZ Octane 512GB review

The first fruits of the OCZ/Indilinx partnership

Our Verdict

Welcome addition to the SSD market. Just a shame you need to spend £700 to get full performance.

For

  • Great all-round performance
  • Good incompressible data throughput

Against

  • Very pricey
  • Smaller, more affordable siblings offer less performance

The OCZ Octane 512GB offers high capacity, SATA 6Gbps performance, but at what price?

So you want a high performance solid state drive? For goodness sake get something with a SandForce SSD controller.

That's the prevailing wisdom the new OCZ Octane 512GB must dismantle if it's to succeed.

SandForce's second generation SF-2000 family of controllers has been a big hit despite early concerns over stability issues.

In fact, OCZ has itself used the SF-2281 in a number of drives including the OCZ Vertex 3 240GB and OCZ Agility 3 240GB. Plenty of other popular drives, including the Corsair Force 3 120GB, also pack SandForce technology.

But choice is a fine thing, so we're pleased and impressed in equal measure to find OCZ has come up with something unique for the new OCZ Octane 512GB and indeed the rest of the new Octane and Petrol SSD families.

That's right, by way of first acquiring SSD controller specialist Indilinx OCZ has produced its very own SSD controller, known as the Everest.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSolid State Drive
Product FamilyOctane
Drive InterfaceSATA
Drive Width2.5"
Drive Interface StandardSATA/600
Brand NameOCZ Storage Solutions
Drive TypeInternal
Storage Capacity512 GB
Maximum Read Transfer Rate535 MBps
Maximum Write Transfer Rate400 MBps
Height9.3 mm
Width69.6 mm
Depth99.8 mm
ManufacturerOCZ Storage Solutions, Inc.
Product NameOctane MLC Solid State Drive
Product LineOctane
Manufacturer Part NumberOCT1-25SAT3-512G
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.ocztechnology.com
Marketing Information

Combining high-speed data transfer rates with record-breaking access times, OCZ Octane SSDs are designed to provide a superior user experience and improved application performance. Octane leverages the cutting-edge Indilinx Everest platform and is optimized for the complete spectrum of file types and sizes, with proprietary page mapping algorithms mirroring real world conditions across a wide range of applications.

The Octane series also includes advanced features unique to Indilinx, including latency reduction technology to enhance system responsiveness and enable instant-on boot-ups, and proprietary NDurance technology to increase the lifespan of the NAND flash memory and minimize performance degradation. In addition, Octane drives support AES and automatic encryption to secure critical data, bringing unique enterprise features within the reach of enthusiasts. Octane SSDs also deliver the energy efficiency, durability, and reliability that traditional hard drives cannot provide.

Weight (Approximate)83 g