OCZ Breaks 1TB Barrier with 2.5-inch Octane SSD
OCZ continues to sell SSDs like hotcakes and continues to invest in new products, usually with the SandForce processor as the weapon of choice, but as some of you might rember, OCZ acquired Indilinx a while back, and here is the first result of the acquisition Whereas the extremely popular Vertex 3, Agiliy 3 and Solid 3 series all use the SandForce SF-2200 chip, the Octane and Octane S2 uses Indilix chips.
The Octane and Octane S2 lineups consist of the capacities 128, 256, 512GB and last but not least a 1TB version, which is a new record for 2.5-inch SSDs. They are all based on the Indilinx Everest chipset with dual processor cores, but only the former takes advantage of SATA III 6.0 Gbps.
The specifications for the Octane show quite impressive performance figures. The series is said to deliver sequential read and write speeds of up to 560MB/s and 400 MB/s respectively, and be capable of 45,000 IOPS random writes at 4K. OCZ also makes some noise about “record low” access times of 0.06 and 0.09 ms for reads and writes. The performance will also be maintained over a broad spectrum file types and compression rates. The Octane S2, which is connected to the SATA II 3.0 Gbps bus, is limited to sequential transfer rates to 275 MB/s (read) and 265MB/s (write).
Additionally, these drives will ship with “extra durable flash memory” to cope with twice as many cycles as its current competition, resulting in almost as good numbers as the previous generation. They are also delivered with built-in AES encryption technology and Indilinx Ndurance. The latter is a proprietary type smoothing technique that aims to increase the memory cell durability and also reduce performance losses when te storage devices are filled with data.
The new OCZ Octane and Octane S2 goes on sale November 1. No pricing information has been revealed as of yet.