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OCZ Shows New Synapse Cache 2.5" SATA 6 GB/s SSDs

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OCZ has announced the release of its new Synapse Cache 2.5" SATA 6 GB/s SSDs designed specifically for SSD/HDD hybrid storage.

The new Synapse SSDs are optimized for caching applications. It uses the Dataplex caching software to dynamically manage the Synapse SSD in conjunction with standard hard disk drives to provide users with SSD-level performance across the entire capacity of the HDDs. The SATA 6.0 Gb/s 2.5-inch utilizes SandForce 2281 MLC NAND flash memory chips. The drive comes in capacities of 60 GB and 128 GB with a MTBF of 2 million hours and three-year warranty.

As part of its Product Data Sheet, OCZ shows the benefit of the Synapse SSD drive on three runs of PC Mark Vantage - HDD Test Suite. You can see from the below chart, the HDD only runs at around 6,000 for the Overall Score on HDD Test Suite. The initial use of the Synapse jumps the HDD up to 8,000 on the Overall Score but once the second test is run, the SSD/HDD hybrid storage jumps to around 40,000 on the Overall Score and maintains its performance. This combination creates an environment where the most frequently used "hot" data stays on the faster SSD, while the "cold" data remains on the larger capacity HDD.

"The industry has shown that it craves the performance advantages that SSDs provide, however, many users still value the high capacities associated with HDDs," said Tobias Brinkmann, Director of Product Management, OCZ Technology Group. "We see the Synapse Cache SSDs integrated with Dataplex software as a big win for a large number of customers who value SSD performance but still require HDD capacity. We are proud to be the first to offer this no-compromise approach to enabling high-performance and high-capacity storage for virtually any PC platform."

Read more on OCZ's Synapse Cache SATA III 2.5" SSD on its product page.

Edit: Story has been updated to reflect the performance benefit as the Overall Score on HDD Test Suite not IOPS, as previously stated.

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    KonstantinDK , September 22, 2011 11:33 AM
    Hm, I think this is smth I can actually buy. You don't have to store files on SSD that may fail and you don't have to pick and manage which files exactly you need to move from large HDD to small SSD.
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    tuch92 , September 22, 2011 2:05 PM
    So is this SSD JUST cache? Or do you still install the OS on it?
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    tecmo34 , September 22, 2011 2:33 PM
    The SSD is designed for cache, which the OS is installed on the hard drive. I'm not a 100% sure that it can be used or that you would want to use as a stand alone SSD with OS. You would be better served going with a Crucial m4 or a OCZ Vertex 3 for example in that case.
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    Anonymous , September 22, 2011 4:03 PM
    How is this setup?
    is this for servers only and you have to set it up in a special Raid 5 setup or something?
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    proxy711 , September 22, 2011 5:43 PM
    kingbob2How is this setup?is this for servers only and you have to set it up in a special Raid 5 setup or something?

    No its software based, works on desktops. install the new ssd and software and it auto-detects whats files you load the most and puts the files on the ssd for quicker loads. is what i understand.
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    jaksikaks , September 22, 2011 5:58 PM
    There is a big error in this article.

    It can't be 6000 IOPS for the harddrive in itself. Even the best mechanical drives stay below 1000 IOPS.
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    tecmo34 , September 22, 2011 6:19 PM
    @jaksikaks... You are correct.

    I have updated the story to reflect it is the overall score on HDD Test Suite and not IOPS.

    Best Regards,

    Doug
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    nikorr , September 22, 2011 6:43 PM
    Up to

    64GB Max Performance
    Max Read: up to 550 MB/s
    Max Write: up to 490 MB/s
    Random Write 4k: 75,000 IOPS

    128GB Max Performance
    Max Read: up to 550 MB/s
    Max Write: up to 510 MB/s
    Random Write 4k: 80,000 IOPS
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    theonlydz , September 22, 2011 6:46 PM
    isn't OCZ having a ton of issues with their drives causing BSOD, not recognizing, etc??? my friend had to return 2/3 that he bought due to these issues.
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    nikorr , September 22, 2011 8:07 PM
    I don't think so - no more than others.
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    theonlydz , September 22, 2011 9:47 PM
    nikorrI don't think so - no more than others.


    well when I googled his HD it seemed like they had a nearly 50 percent failure rate.
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    Snipergod87 , September 23, 2011 12:40 AM
    nikorrI don't think so - no more than others.

    Except for Intel.
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    proxy711 , September 23, 2011 3:17 AM
    Theonlydzisn't OCZ having a ton of issues with their drives causing BSOD, not recognizing, etc??? my friend had to return 2/3 that he bought due to these issues.

    Not just OCZ but any ssd that uses the newer Sandforce controller. you may or may not have issues with BSODs, depending on a lot of factors like firmware your mobos sata controller/driver etc.

    There are tons of tweaks and changes with SSDs that can help stability, performance, and lifespan(ocz forums are a wealth of knowledge) i think its safe to say that a good % of ppl returning the SSDs for issues could have changed some settings and found stability.

    Unfortunately it seems SSDs aren't at the stage where you can install and forget.(that includes intel SSDs as well fanbois)
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    yapchagi , September 23, 2011 5:11 AM
    avoid sandforce at all costs. Even new ones that'll come in the future (2012?)
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    Anonymous , September 23, 2011 1:04 PM
    Get one on the older 32 (or is it 45nm) tech. I bought an older plextor sata 3 drive. New egg reviews show only a couple of fails out of many wins. The OCZ drives are dying like flies. The Vertex 2 was the worst. I would say avoid OCZ drives. The Plextor and cheaper brand drives are just as good drives. Just be careful of the controller that is on the card.
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    SIR-Blade , October 19, 2011 10:17 AM
    Bought this product last week, the 128Gb version. Can't recomend this baby enough.
    Reduced my Win7 64Bit boot time from 2Min 34Secs to 1Min 20Secs, and COD load up/map load from 1Min 2 Secs to just 20 seconds.

    Been looking out for a while for an SSD cache, to work with my X58 Mboard, and my 5*1TB Samsung SpinPoints in a Raid1+0 array.

    Works a charm.

    I've already sent emails to OCZ/Nvello asking if they will pair the Dataplex software with the new Revo Drives. That would be just such an awesome combination.
    Best thing since sliced bread, and I'm a hard man to please.