It has been only seven months since OCZ’s purchase of Indilinx and today they are introducing their own ‘Indilinx Infused’ SATA 2&3 line of solid state drives.
Two key elements of that purchase were Indy’s Everest platform as well as their NDurance technology which claims to significantly increase the life span of NAND flash memory. The advent of both technologies will be front and center in the new Octane line which will be available in capacities up to 1TB.
Performance of the Octane is published at 560MB/s read and 400MB/s write with 45000IOPS at 4k random write aligned disk access. SATA 2 Octane specifications details 275MB/s read with 265MB/s write but the performance numbers are only a small part of the overall Octane picture. Other features include:
Indilinx NDurance which increases the life span of NAND flash memory by as much as 2 times;
Industry lowest latency of .06ms guarantees quicker boot times and access to applications;
Indilinx ‘Fast Boot’ Technology which will decrease boot time by up to 50% over existing SSDs; and
No data compression related limitations which means faster transfer of music, photos and video.
The list of drive characteristics doesnt stop there as OCZ has also stated that the Octane line will retain its ‘fresh’ performance even after continual use, ‘fresh’ performance being those numbers that us reviewers are able to pull off as soon as we install an SSD and test it for the first time. They also state that, in fine tuning the Octane, 4k isn’t the be all and end all as they have stretched 4k random transfer speeds to the 8k file results as well.
Prices haven’t been announced just yet but we do know that the Octane will be available at a $1.10 to 1.30/GB price point which means that initial MSRP for a 256GB SATA 3 drive will only be $332. This puts a 512GB version around $650 which is the absolute lowest price to market yet. The Octane will also be the first SSD available in a 1TB capacity.
At the end of the day, if the Octane is all that its meant to be, it will become a definite interest in the enterprise market where the SSD ‘total life’ plays such an important role. To think, we just reviewed Intel’s new 710 line which commanded an enormous $6.40GB simply for the life of the SSD; this being just under six times the price of a OCZ SATA 2 Octane!
Watch for our review in the next few weeks!!