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OCZ Octane review: On in 12 seconds

CNET editor Dong Ngo reviews the OCZ Octane solid-state drive.

The new Octane SATA3-based solid-state drive from OCZ
The new Octane SATA3-based solid-state drive from OCZ Dong Ngo/CNET

OCZ's latest solid-state drive, the Octane, is a new breed among its peers.

The drive is the first to be powered by OCZ's new Indilinx Everest controller, designed to optimize boot time and application performance. And the Octane offered just that in my testing, helping the test machine take just 12 seconds to boot up. That's the shortest boot time I've seen from any SSD, although by only a second or two.

The drive is clearly better than other SATA3-based SSDs, however, in its capacity and value. It's available with up to 1TB of storage, which is the same as a current high-end 2.5-inch laptop hard drive of the same standard and 9-millimeter thickness. For the first time, SSDs can no longer be considered limited in terms of storage space.

While it's unclear how much the 1TB version costs, the Octane's other capacities, ranging from 120GB to 512GB, are noticeably more affordable than other SSDs of the same sizes. The sweet-spot 256GB version, for example, costs just $1.45 per gigabyte. Other SSDs of the same standard and capacity cost $1.75 per gigabyte or more.

The Octane isn't perfect, as its copy speed trails those of its peers. Note, however, that copying speed is not the intended strength of SSDs. Still, it's something people often do in daily usage of a drive. For this reason, all things considered, the OCZ Octane makes an excellent investment.

For more information on how the drive performs, check out my full review of the OCZ Octane here.