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OCZ's Octane looks good in first review

by on25 November 2011

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Time will tell the rest

Anandtech has published a review of OCZ's first SSD with its new in-house Indilinx controller, the OCZ Octane. The bottom line is that OCZ has a good product on its hands and for now things look quite well for it, but the reliability question still stands in the air and only time will tell if its any better than those based on the Sandforce controller.

As you all probably already know, the OCZ Octane is the first OCZ SSD, since the acquisition, based on the Indilinx controller. It is based on Indilinx Everest platform and will be available in SATA 6.0Gbps and SATA 3.0Gbps variations. We already talked a lot about it here, and in short, the Octane SATA 6.0Gbps will offer up to 560MB/s of read and 400MB/s of write performance with up to 45K random read 4K IOPS.

The Octane series will be available in 128, 256, 512 and 1TB capacities, and has some quite aggressive MSRP set at US $199.99 for the 128GB, US $369.99 for the 256GB one and US $879.99 for the 512GB version. The 1TB model is still to be priced.

According to the benches, the OCZ's Octane trails the OCZ's Vertex 3 drive and is definitely faster than Intel's 510 drive. Bear in mind that the 250GB Intel 510 SSD currently e-tails at around US $560, while the similar capacity (240GB) Vertex 3 is selling for US $439.99.

Of course, the biggest question is the reliability as a lot of users had trouble with the Sandforce problems recently. The good side of the story is that with Octane, everything comes from OCZ and it should be easier to address any firmware related issues.

You can check out Anandtech's review here.

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Last modified on 25 November 2011
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