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Review: OCZ Octane 1024 GB with Indilinx Controller

Published by Marc Büchel on 25.06.12 (14034 reads)
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Since OCZ has bought Indilinx we haven't heard a lot about Indilinx and their SSD controllers up to the moment when they released the Octane. Some time ago OCZ sent us their 512 Gigabyte version of the Octane and now they provided a sample of their 1 Terabyte SSD. This drive offers sequential transfer rates of up to 460 Megabyte per second write and 330 Megabyte per second read. Regarding the radom performance the manufacturer promises 26'000 IOPS when writing 4k blocks an 35'000 IOPS when reading 4k blocks.

Specifications / Delivery

Model OCZ Octane 1024 Gigabyte
Capacity 1024 Gigabyte
Memory Synchronous NAND Flash
Technology Micron 2FA18NW289
Throughput up to 460 MB/s reading, up to 330 MB/s writing up to 24'000 IOPS write
up to 32'000 IOPS read
Accesstime (read) < 0.1 ms
Acoustics no noise
Warranty 3 Years

First things: the Octane with 1024 Gigabyte capacity isn't a drive that is made to break sales records. The manufacturer really has no illusions at this point. At a price of 2'500 Swiss Francs (about 2100 Euros) OCZ is well aware that a very limited number of customers will actually buy this drive. But in fact, that's not the point. You might think now, what the heck is this all about then? OCZ sees itself as an innovative an leading company in the SSD market. With the 1 Terabyte Octane they want to underline this point and in fact they are the first company to release a 1 Teraby SSD in the mainstream market.

Basically the Octane from OCZ is a 1024 Gigabyte SSD, which uses an Indilinx IDX300MOO-BC controller and synchronous NAND Flash memory from Micron. These have been manufactured using a 25 nanometer process and the individual chips have 2FA18NW289 written on them. This indicates that the memory cells are specified for 5'000 P/E cycles and the memory itself is connected to the controller via ONFi 2.x standard.

Page 1 - Introduction / Specs Page 7 - Random read KByte/s
Page 2 - Impressions Page 8 - Sequential write ops
Page 3 - How do we test? Page 9 - Sequential read ops
Page 4 - Sequential write KByte/s Page 10 - Random write ops
Page 5 - Sequential read KByte/s Page 11 - Random read ops
Page 6 - Random write KByte/s Page 12 - Conclusion

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