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

This is the first solid state drive we have seen from OCZ to be shipped in a plain blister pack, instead of an attractive little box. Thankfully, there is a locking tab at the top which can be torn apart by hand without the need for scissors or a sharp blade.

The bundle is spartan, with a simple overview of the product installation and a smug ‘MY SSD IS FASTER THAN YOUR HDD’ sticker.

The Octane drive ships in an attractive brushed aluminum metal chassis with an orange and black sticker on the front and a product specification sticker on the rear. OCZ offer 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB drives in this range and they all operate at different sequential speeds. The 1TB drive is the fastest, rated at 560MB/s read and 400 MB/s write. The 512GB drive is rated at 535 MB/s read and 400 MB/s write. The 256GB drive is rated at 535 MB/s read and 270 MB/s write. Finally the 128GB drive is rated at 535 MB/s read and 170 MB/s write.

Opening the chassis does void the warranty, so it would be best not to do this at home if you buy one of these drives. That is why we are here after all. The PCB itself is also bolted into the chassis from the inside, with four small screws and it is labelled with the OCZ logo, supplied directly from their fabrication plant. OCZ are using fast Intel manufactured 25nm MLC NAND which we have seen in a few other solid state drives this year.

The Everest controller is labeled IDX300M00-BC and supports NCQ, S.M.A.R.T. reporting, TRIM and garbage collection. This drive also uses nDurance technology to handle wear leveling, which will help prolong flash life.

The drive uses sixteen 32GB NAND chips, totaling 512GB raw capacity. Those with sharper eyes will notice multiple Texas Instruments branded chips across the PCB. The Octane 512GB drive uses a 512MB capacity Micron DDR3 SDRAM cache.

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