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OCZ launches Indilinx-powered Octane SSD

OCZ launches Indilinx-powered Octane SSD

OCZ has launched a new controller, the Indilinx Everest, which will power its new Octane line of SSDs. Two major variants will be available—the Octane and Octane-S2. The former is a SATA III (6.0Gb/s) SSD, while the latter is restricted to SATA II (3.0Gb/s) speeds.

The SSD line’s specs are as follows:

  • Dual Core CPU
  • Up to 512MB DRAM cache
  • 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB models
  • High sequential speeds:
    • Octane (SATA 3.0) Read: 560MB/s; Write: 400MB/s
    • Octane-S2 (SATA 2.0) Read: 275MB/s; Write: 265MB/s
  • High transactional performance – Optimized for 4K to 16K compressed files
    • Octane (SATA 3.0) 45,000 random read 4K IOPS
    • Octane-S2 (SATA 2.0) 30,000 random read 4K IOPS
  • Industry-low latency:
    • Read: 0.06ms; Write: 0.09ms
  • Strong performance at low queue depths (QD 1 – 3)
  • Up to 8 channels with up to 16-way Interleaving
  • Advanced BCH ECC engine enabling more than 70 bits correction capability per 1KB of data
  • Proprietary NDurance™ Technology: increases NAND life up to 2X of the rated P/E cycles
  • Efficient NAND Flash management: Dynamic and static wear-leveling, and background garbage collection
  • Boot time reduction optimizations
  • NCQ support up to 32 queue depth
  • End-to-end data protection
  • TRIM support
  • Industry standard SMART reporting

The goal of Octane is to present a balance of performance, features, and competitive pricing targeted at the mainstream and performance markets.

“Until now SSDs have been tailored for specific applications, forcing users into a product which maximizes performance for a narrow band of applications, but is significantly lacking in others,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. “The Octane Series solves this problem by providing the highest level of performance across varied workloads including mixed file sizes and mixed compressible and uncompressible data, all while nearly doubling NAND flash endurance.”

Help me understand, Icrontic!

What does this mean for users? Three words: bigger, faster, cheaper. Usually you have to pick two. Octane looks to give all three at once.

Bigger: Right now, the largest capacity 2.5″ SSD is 600GB—this distinction currently belongs to the Intel 320 Series. Octane’s top capacity will be 1TB, which also happens to be the largest notebook hard drive capacity currently available.

Faster: While not as fast as the OCZ Vertex 3 on paper, Octane is designed to work more efficiently with the historically worst performing data type: non-compressible data. Performance with compressed data such as images, movies, and music should be faster than most other devices.

Cheaper: If pricing works out the way OCZ plans, Octane will cost between $1.10 and $1.30 per gigabyte. How does this compare to today’s pricing?

60GB 120GB 240GB 480GB
Vertex 3 $124.99 ($2.08/GB) $219.99 ($1.83/GB) $529.99 ($2.21/GB) $1099.99 ($2.29/GB)
Agility 3 $94.99 ($1.58/GB) $174.99 ($1.46/GB) $329.99 ($1.37/GB) $699.99 ($1.46/GB)
Solid 3 $94.99 ($1.58/GB) $183.99 ($1.53/GB)
Vertex 2 $97.99 ($1.63/GB) $149.99 ($1.25/GB) $314.99 ($1.31/GB) $1049.99 ($2.19/GB)

Octane’s pricing is promising compared to their current offerings. That 1TB drive should cost no more than $1300—expensive, to be sure, but it’s also the current cost of several large capacity SSDs, all smaller and some less than half the size.

The OCZ Octane will be released for sale on November 1.


  1. fatcat
    fatcat finally, performance without the $ tag.

    Ain't gonna lie. I'll be buying these over Vertex 3's
  2. storrm hmmm wounder how much of a price mark up there going to have when they hit Australia
  3. Thrax
    Thrax It's about $100 for the special adapter that lets Australians mount them in the proper direction. SSDs don't work when they're upside down for prolonged periods of time.
  4. Tushon
    Tushon @Thrax: no trolling guests, unless they're spammers!
    Storrm wrote:
    hmmm wounder how much of a price mark up there going to have when they hit Australia

    What are prices you see for Vertex 3 (regular, not MAX IOPS) on places you would normally buy them in AUS? In US, it looks like ~180 USD (so, 172ish AUD). The random site I found was 300 AUD, so that would be ~75% markup.
  5. Cliff_Forster
    Cliff_Forster I thought Vegemite solved that problem?
  6. storrm XD LMAO!
    pccasegear 120GB $269.00 amzone $199.99
    200 Australian dollars = 207.06 U.S. dollars

    im hopping the price on the Crucial M4 will magically drop... not very high hops tho.
  7. Storrm
    Storrm testing testing 1 2 3.......
    there now i double posted and im not a guest, let the trollcat begin.

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