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OCZ Issues Destructive Firmware for Octane Speed Increase

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OCZ Technology offers firmware update to improve IOPS performance on its Octane SSD series

OCZ Technology has provided a firmware update (V 1.13) to provide a performance increase with its Octane SSD series drives. OCZ states that the firmware provides a significant improvement in random write 4K performance (double the performance on some capacities) over the current firmware (V 1.12).


Random Write 4K IOPS
Firmware V 1.12
Random Write 4K IOPS
Firmware V 1.13
Octane 128 GB
7,700
18,000
Octane 256 GB
12,000
25,000
Octane 512 GB
16,000
26,000

   

In discussions with OCZ Technology, it is important to know that this is a "destructive" firmware update on the Octane drive, meaning the drive will be empty after the flash. OCZ recommends end users to make an image of the drive, boot off of a spare drive, flash the Octane, then image back to the Octane. End users may choose to do a fresh install of their OS and programs instead of utilizing an drive image.

The new enhanced IOPS firmware will begin shipping in the next batch of drives to resellers, and the firmware upgrade is available to existing customers via the company's website.  

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    AznCracker , January 24, 2012 7:09 PM
    lol i thought the firmware made the ssd explode.
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    JohnnyLucky , January 24, 2012 7:37 PM
    "destructive firmware"

    I couldn't help but laugh at the phrase because of all the problems OCZ has experienced.
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    knekker , January 24, 2012 7:23 PM
    Just sensational headline wording by Tomshardware.
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  • 32 Hide
    AznCracker , January 24, 2012 7:09 PM
    lol i thought the firmware made the ssd explode.
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    jacobdrj , January 24, 2012 7:10 PM
    Umm, wow. Good job OCZ... Now, find a way to reduce the occurring of failure under 1 year for your Vertex drives, and you will be speed kings and be usable in mission critical situations...
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    Anonymous , January 24, 2012 7:11 PM
    Me too XD
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    nevertell , January 24, 2012 7:12 PM
    Customer support at it's best.
  • 20 Hide
    knekker , January 24, 2012 7:23 PM
    Just sensational headline wording by Tomshardware.
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    JohnnyLucky , January 24, 2012 7:37 PM
    "destructive firmware"

    I couldn't help but laugh at the phrase because of all the problems OCZ has experienced.
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    mrkdilkington , January 24, 2012 7:37 PM
    Pathetic.
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    willard , January 24, 2012 7:43 PM
    To the people complaining about the use of the word destructive, that's actually a common usage of the word in the technical world. And in this case, the wording came from OCZ themselves.

    From OCZ's page:
    Quote:
    WARNING: This is a Destructive Flash, back up all data on SSD. Proceeding with this update will result in complete loss of data on the SSD.
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    freggo , January 24, 2012 7:53 PM
    reinstall OS and all software I guess... way too much trouble. I'd rather leave it alone until the next upgrade is due anyway. Than I'd delete the drive, upgrade the firmware and use it as a spare or something.
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    pjmelect , January 24, 2012 8:03 PM
    Thats a huge speed increase I wonder why the original firmware was so slow?
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    zybch , January 24, 2012 8:15 PM
    nevertellCustomer support at it's best.

    Um, wouldn't good customer service (you know, keeping customers happy) be to release a product that DIDN'T need data destructive firmware updates to perform to the level expected??
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    tecmo34 , January 24, 2012 9:11 PM
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    Thats a huge speed increase I wonder why the original firmware was so slow?

    At CES 2012, OCZ revealed its Indilinx Everest 2 controller. This will be their second controller after buying Indilinx Everest in 2011. My guess is with the original Octane being OCZ's first SSD based on its own controller and the improvements with the 2nd controller, they were able to improve the drives performance through the firmware update.
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    king_maliken , January 24, 2012 9:15 PM
    freggoreinstall OS and all software I guess... way too much trouble. I'd rather leave it alone until the next upgrade is due anyway. Than I'd delete the drive, upgrade the firmware and use it as a spare or something.

    Just use an image... Simple and fast, why do people complain so much, I'm happy about this.
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    tlmck , January 24, 2012 9:28 PM
    Sounds like their old ram on an ASUS mobo. :lol: 
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    dietcreamsoda , January 24, 2012 9:41 PM
    Or you could just buy a HDD and not have to do such silly things as imaging your OS drive and flashing the firmware. All I can say is...thank you early SSD adopters. Years of your collective frustration will mean that someday I can own one without any hassles.
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    __-_-_-__ , January 24, 2012 9:51 PM
    this SSD will crash in 3.... 2... 1... BOOM!

    all data lost and months waiting for a new one from RMA


    nice performance increase, irrelevant since OCZ SSD reliability is still crap.
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    slabbo , January 24, 2012 10:58 PM
    still pretty expensive for it's capacity. On another note, the prices of a 2TB WD harddrive kinda went down. I just got one at amazon for $115
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    alidan , January 24, 2012 11:58 PM
    dietcreamsodaOr you could just buy a HDD and not have to do such silly things as imaging your OS drive and flashing the firmware. All I can say is...thank you early SSD adopters. Years of your collective frustration will mean that someday I can own one without any hassles.


    yea, as a pure boot drive, ssds are great, i will never go back to hdd boot again, and by boot i mean i have a 120gb ssd, and space to back everything up if a flash ever killed the drive. i store no info on the ssd itself, all the storage info is on hdds.

    once a 4tb drive comes to 200$, i am getting that instead of haveing 5 hdds.
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    Camikazi , January 24, 2012 11:59 PM
    zybchUm, wouldn't good customer service (you know, keeping customers happy) be to release a product that DIDN'T need data destructive firmware updates to perform to the level expected??

    I believe the SSDs were working to the level of performance they originally said they would, this is a speed boost, a free upgrade in performance, not a fix to a broken product (not this specific firmware fix at least).
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    Camikazi , January 25, 2012 12:01 AM
    alidanyea, as a pure boot drive, ssds are great, i will never go back to hdd boot again, and by boot i mean i have a 120gb ssd, and space to back everything up if a flash ever killed the drive. i store no info on the ssd itself, all the storage info is on hdds.once a 4tb drive comes to 200$, i am getting that instead of haveing 5 hdds.

    I said that about 1TB drives, then when they came out and got to 90$ I ended up buying 4 of them :/ 
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