OCZ intros Octane, a larger, faster SSD for less

OCZ introduces its Octane line of fast, large-capacity, affordable SSDs.

The new Octane SSD from OCZ.
The new Octane SSD from OCZ OCZ

OCZ yesterday announced a new lineup of solid-state drives called Octane that offer up to 1TB of storage space. The company says the top-capacity Octane model will cost just around $1,300, which is much cheaper than some 512GB SSDs on the market. Other Octane capacities, including 512GB, 256GB, and 128GB, are priced lower accordingly.

According to OCZ, the new SSDs are based on a next-generation controller called Indilinx Everest that offers better balance between capacity, physical size, and performance compared with previous controllers. The 2.5-inch-design SSDs support both SATA 3.0 (6Gbps) and SATA 2.0 (3Gbps) standards.

OCZ claims the new SSDs deliver up to 560MBps throughput speed and 45,000 IOPS with the SATA 3.0 version (or 275MBps in the SATA 2.0 version) and is optimized for all file types and sizes. The new Octane SSDs' proprietary page-mapping algorithms make for steady mixed-workload performance, according to the company. On top of that, Octane series SSDs have a latency reduction feature, unique to the Indilinx controller, that reduces both read and write access times to as low as 0.06ms and 0.09ms, respectively. In real-world usage, this will translate into faster application responsiveness and reduced boot time.

The new Octane SSDs also come equipped with Indilinx's proprietary NDurance technology that helps increase the lifespan of the NAND flash memory and other SSD features such as TRIM and wear leveling.

The new SSDs will be available starting November 1 with pricing ranging from $1.10 to $1.30 per gigabyte. To find out how they stack up against other SSDs in terms of performance, come back soon for a full review.

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