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OCZ Technology Octane 128GB Solid State Drive Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Feb 7, 2012 3:20 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: OCZ Technology

The Packaging




OCZ moved to the new blister pack for their drives that ship without desktop adapter brackets. The new design is fine and should help to lower prices. This way you get a good view of the drive inside and OCZ clearly puts the capacity size where it can be seen.




On the back of the package OCZ lists some general information about the Octane series.




The accessory package is a bit sparse, but you do still get the SSD sticker and a paper manual. No desktop adapter bracket is included.



The OCZ Octane 128GB SSD




Here we get our first look at the 128GB version of the Octane. The front of the drive is like the other capacity sizes in the family. The drive uses the newest version of the plastic case which now conforms to the 2.5" drive spec and is 9mm high. This drive fits fine in notebooks.




On the back is where you'll find the capacity size, model and serial numbers. The back half of the case is aluminum as are the sides where the mounting points are located.




All of the mounting points are located where they need to be, so you won't have an issue when mounting this drive in your notebook or in a desktop adapter bracket (not included with purchase).




The SATA power and data ports are offset and in the standard position.




The 128GB Octane uses eight IMFT 25nm flash chips and two DDR3 chips for cache. Half of the chips are on each side, but this view also shows us the Indilinx Everest controller.




All things considered, the Octane is an SSD and most of them look the same these days. The 512GB model used TI switching chips, but the 128GB model didn't need them.

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