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OCZ Technology Octane 512GB Indilinx Solid State Drive Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Nov 23, 2011 4:57 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: OCZ Technology

The OCZ Octane 512GB SSD

 

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Here we get our first look at the Octane. We've seen this case before; well, sort of. The Octane uses the plastic case we saw on later Vertex 3 drives, but this one doesn't have the funky edges that gave Lenovo and HP notebook owners fits. Version 2 of this case now fits in my Lenovo drive sleds, so you aren't going to have to worry about fitting issues.

 

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The back of the drive shows the model number and serial number. The official model number for the 512GB drive is OCT1-25SAT3-512G.

 

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The case isn't all plastic as you can see here. OCZ uses a split design; the bottom is actually an alloy of some sort. The metal portion is also where the side mounting screws are located, a much better choice than the plastic side.

 

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On the back we found the SATA power and data cables where they should be.

 

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The Indilinx Everest controller uses an 8-channel configuration that has 16-way interleaving. The 512GB model we are looking at today uses sixteen synchronous flash chips from Intel; eight on each side. On this side of the PCB we also found DRAM cache from Micron.

 

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What we found interesting on this side is another DRAM cache buffer. This side is also where the Indilinx controller is and the additional eight flash chips.

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