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OCZ releases Octane SSD firmware update

by on23 January 2012

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Substantial 'Random Write 4K' performance boost

This morning, OCZ has officially released a firmware update for its midrange Octane SATA III 2.5-inch SSD Series. The drives are based on the Indilinx Everest controller, which many enthusiast recall as being the first product release to result from the company's Indilinx acquisition in March 2011.

Nevertheless, OCZ claims that new firmware update v1.13 significantly improves Random Write 4K IOPS performance across the board. The 128GB model can expect a 134-percent net performance improvement over previous firmware, the 256GB version can expect a 108-percent net improvement, and the 512GB model can expect a 63-percent net improvement.

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As a rule of thumb, the smaller capacity drives will see the bigger improvements. As AnandTech notes, however, the performance of these Indilinx controllers are still nowhere near those of SandForce-based SSDs or the Crucial m4. We expect OCZ is aggressively working to alleviate the performance gap among its competitors and should be able to fill the gap more closely in its next-generation controller architectures.

OCZs firmware update utility can be found here

Last modified on 23 January 2012
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