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OCZ Octane 512 GB SSD Review: Meet Indilinx's Everest Controller

Indilinx's Everest Controller Does 6 Gb/s

Everest Controller: 6Gb/s Version

The newest Indilinx controller is said to be a major upgrade from the low-end Barefoot controller used in OCZ's more budget-oriented SSDs. Dubbed Everest, this new piece of logic comes in SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 6Gb/s flavors. OCZ's product portfolios already outline the capabilities of both (the higher-performance model is called Octane, while the slower drive is dubbed Octane S2). Naturally, the drive on our test bench today is the flagship, which best represents what the controller hardware can do.

Like most SSD companies, OCZ protects a number of its product's more technical details by withholding the innermost workings. We do know, however, that Everest is yet another eight-channel controller based on a dual-core ARM architecture.

Unlike the SandForce-based drives it competes with in OCZ's line-up, Everest employs a discrete data cache, which is specified at 512 MB on our 512 GB Octane review sample (and, in fact, all of the available capacity points).

Specifications480 GB Vertex 3512 GB Octane
NANDIMFT 25 nm MLC, ONFi 2.2IMFT 25 nm MLC, ONFi 2.2
Cache-512 MB DDR3-1600 DRAM
Sequential Read530 MB/s535 MB/s
Sequential Write450 MB/s400 MB/s
4 KB Random Read85 000 IOPS37 000 IOPS
4 KB Random Write60 000 IOPS16 000 IOPS

OCZ's Octane uses the same synchronous ONFi 2.2-compatible NAND as the company's flagship Vertex 3. Even still, the company puts the Octane's performance one step below the Vertex 3, charging a little bit less per gigabyte in exchange for lower performance.

The trade-off makes sense when you consider the cited specifications. The Octane's sequential read performance is the same as Vertex 3, while its writes are 50 MB/s slower. Random performance is really where the Octane falls behind more noticeably. The 512 MB Vertex 3 is claimed to hit 85 000 random read IOPS and 60 000 random write IOPS. In comparison, the Octane hits the scene with up to 37 000 random read IOPS and 16 000 random write IOPS.

  • theuniquegamer
    I think in 2 to 3 years we can get a affodable and fast 1tb ssd in market
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  • theuniquegamer
    Wow CRYSIS 2 reads and writes above 1 gb data per 20minutes
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  • ksampanna
    theuniquegamerI think in 2 to 3 years we can get a affodable and fast 1tb ssd in market
    Fast yes, affordable no. My guess is atleast 5 years for a 1 TB ssd to be under $100
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  • EDVINASM
    Still comparing Crysis 2 to everything that moves? I had WD Blue in RAID 0 for quite a while and was relatively happy. Before Christmas however, I have replaced them with just simple, SATA 300 Intel 320 SSD 80Gb. Boy what a difference! No more HDD scratchy sounds, no heat from them, no vibrations, no annoying ticks when idle, silent.. Speed wise PC boots up within 30 sec, and I am only running Intel i3 2100 with no OC. To those who are holding onto HDD I would say unless capacity is the key - sell it off for an SSD. Especially now that HDD prices are skyroketting it is proving easier and easier to do the swap.
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  • nebun
    ksampannaFast yes, affordable no. My guess is at least 5 years for a 1 TB ssd to be under $100it's so much fun to dream....don't expect prices to drop that much....that's what people people said about CPUs a few years back, yet nothing has changed.... another example is the mid and top end video cards....since manufacturing techniques have improved and have become more efficient one would think that the products would be cheaper....that's not the case....it's called demmand....people demand faster components and will pay a premium price for it, why would manufacturers drop the prices?...they still have to make a profit
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  • mayankleoboy1
    theuniquegamerI think in 2 to 3 years we can get a affodable and fast 1tb ssd in market

    yeah.
    and in 2 to 3 years we can get a 20 core intel 9999 X edition for $50.
    and gtx990X2 for just $100.
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  • buzznut
    edvinasmStill comparing Crysis 2 to everything that moves? I had WD Blue in RAID 0 for quite a while and was relatively happy. Before Christmas however, I have replaced them with just simple, SATA 300 Intel 320 SSD 80Gb. Boy what a difference! No more HDD scratchy sounds, no heat from them, no vibrations, no annoying ticks when idle, silent.. Speed wise PC boots up within 30 sec, and I am only running Intel i3 2100 with no OC. To those who are holding onto HDD I would say unless capacity is the key - sell it off for an SSD. Especially now that HDD prices are skyroketting it is proving easier and easier to do the swap.
    And I recommend folks hold onto their current hard drives and get a boot SSD. 80GB may be enough for you, but a lot of us have bigger storage needs. Its gonna take about a year for the hard drive market to recover, so hang on to those mechanical drives.
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  • drwho1
    theuniquegamerI think in 2 to 3 years we can get a affodable and fast 1tb ssd in market
    mayankleoboy1yeah.and in 2 to 3 years we can get a 20 core intel 9999 X edition for $50.and gtx990X2 for just $100.
    I do believe that 3-5 years from now we will see a huge increase on performance accompanied by a huge drop in price (compare with today's prices and performance)

    Then we will probably have SATA 4 on the market and the "right price/GB/TB" will be on SATA 3 SSD's.

    With that in mind, I have always build my systems a generation "behind" which is always more than "a few" generations of whatever I had built last, I have always double or triple my previous built performance for around the same money invested on it.

    (plus/minus a few new "tricks" that probably were not on the previous built that could raise my budget
    200 dollars or so)

    Is is possible to get an 1TB SSD for around $100-$200 dollars in 3-5 years?
    I believe it will be.
    just don't expect to also be the faster SATA 4, you will have to "compromise" by been a little "behind"
    in speed.








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  • mikenygmail
    Add "SSD" to the title.
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  • tetracycloide
    nebunthat's what people people said about CPUs a few years back, yet nothing has changedAMD Athlon 64 4000+ San Diego 2.4GHz circa 2005 - $475.99 inflation adjusted to 2011 ~$548.22
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz circa 2007 - $279.99 inflation adjusted to 2011 ~$304.10
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz circa 2011 - $219.99

    I'm sorry, you were saying?
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