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OCZ Octane 512GB SSD Review (OCT1-25SAT3-512G)

Rating: 8.0.

We have reviewed many OCZ solid state drives in the last year and today we are looking at their latest Octane 512GB model. There is no doubt that OCZ have been at the forefront of SSD development in the last year, focusing almost exclusively on Sandforce based products. For those of you who have been around as long as me however, you may remember that OCZ were the first company to partner up with Indilinx and today they reaffirm that union by including an Indilinx Everest controller in the Octane drive.

The particular strengths of this drive are based around the NAND durability, which is trademarked under the ‘nDurance’ moniker. In basic terms, this means that the Octane drives have a two times increase in rated NAND program/erase systems, for longer life.

OCZ are also using customised page mapping algorithms that help ensure the drive has continuous, stable overall performance with both compressible and incompressible data. The 512GB drive is a 6 Gbp/s drive rated at a very capable 535 MB/s max read, and 400 MB/s max write. Bear in mind, it is important not to confuse this drive with the Octane S2, which is a slower SATA 3Gbp/s solid state drive.

Specifications overview:

  • Available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities
  • Interface: SATA 6Gbps / Backwards Compatible 3Gbps
  • 512MB Onboard Cache
  • Indilinx Infused™
  • TRIM Support
  • Background Garbage Collection Support
  • Boot Time Reduction Optimization
  • AES and Automatic Encryption
  • SMART Support
  • Proprietary Indilinx Ndurance™ Technology
  • Low-Latency Seek Time: 0.06ms Read; 0.09ms Write
  • Slim 2.5″ Design
  • 99.8 (L) x 69.63 (W) x 9.3 mm (H)
  • Lightweight: 83g
  • Operating Temp: 0°C ~ 70°C
  • Ambient Temp: 0°C ~ 55°C
  • Storage Temp: -45°C ~ +85°C
  • Low Power Consumption: 1.98W active,1.15W standby
  • Shock Resistant up to 1500G
  • RAID Support
  • MTBF: 1,250,000 hours
  • 3-Year Warranty
  • Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7 (32/64 bit), Linux, Mac OSX

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  • Raymond

    Good drives, I was burned on sandforce earlier this year so wont touch them again. I think the marvell controller is the best outside sandforce for speed overall

  • Davoshj

    Yeah, most of the companies are wanting sandforce alternatives. I think hey have rushed some of the series of SF drives to market without thoroughly testing them. Corsair and OCZ both got hurt by them, so makes sense to move to other controllers. shame none of them are as fast. we need 600 MB/S / 600MB/s drives with both in and compressible files.

  • Peri

    I love indilinx. like samsung parts they scream quality. id buy this over any other drive on the market now. im not just chasing performance figures as there is more to a good SSD than just the highest sequential figures.

  • Paul

    Intel parts in this, very nice. good build, just so many options. id go for 128gb but the write performance looks terrible with that size in this series.

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