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OCZ Synapse Cache SATA 3 64GB SSD Review – Top Caching Solution At a Great Price

This morning, I awoke to test my computer as I had installed the OCZ Synapse Cache the night prior.  My hard drive is a Samsung M8 1TB hard drive and the typical start time was just under two minutes.  It started in 14 seconds!

Our review today is on the OCZ Synapse Cache SATA III 64 GB SSD and our report methodology is simply, “Can the OCZ Synapse Cache give a hard drive the performance of an SSD?”  Your going to be surprised!

 INTRODUCTION

Analyst predictions showed as much as a 25% increase in hard drive prices in result to the flooding in Thailand.  Just this morning, our SSD Forum Moderator, Hameister, continued his investigation of rising SSD prices to demonstrate New Eggs rise of HDD prices by an amazing 300%!  This is GREAT news for the SSD industry as it gives the ‘SSD First’ concept equal footing in the consumers performance vs. capacity dilemma when selecting a storage medium for their PC.  But what about present day hard drive owners?

Not even three weeks have passed since our review and release of the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB PCIe SSD where the idea of performance and capacity became an affordable computer option.  As great of a drive as the Hybrid is, however, the consumer searched for a similar option where they could gain the performance of a SSD yet don’t want to lose their data or use of the hard drive they have already invested in.

OCZ thinks they may have found just that in their SATA III Synapse Cache SSD. It’s release is meant to appeal to the consumer who already has a well established computer system yet would like the performance of an SSD without breaking the bank. Having just searched the internet for initial pricing of the Synapse Cache and finding the 64GB version we are testing today at $154.99, we think OCZ may be on the right track.

SPECIFICATIONS

The OCZ Synapse Cache is available in capacities of 64GB and 128GB and we immediately found their pricing to be about $155 and $229 with a bit of a comparison search.  It is a SATA III SSD, fully compatible with SATA II systems and performance is listed at 550MB/s read and 490MB/s write with up to 75,000 IOPS at 4k random write disk access.  The drive caches through use of the integrated Dataplex Caching software, has a standard 3 year warranty, is TRIM compliant and comes with a 2.5″ to 3.5″ desktop adapter.

SSD ARCHITECTURE

The Synapse Cache SSD has a hard plastic casing face with metal back plate which protects the printed circuit board (PCB) of the drive.  To disassemble the SSD, destruction of the OCZ security sticker is necessary along with removal of four screws located on the back of the drive.  Any damage of the OCZ security sticker voids your warranty.  Further removal of four internal screws then release the PCB from the shell itself.

The PCB contains the SATA 3 interface, SF-2281 processor and eight pieces of Micron 25nm 8GB asynchronous NAND flash memory (29 F64G08CBAAA).  There is nothing situated on the back of the PCB.

Of interest is the fact that, once formatted, the user is only left with just over 29GB of available disk space. The reason for such is that 50% of the capacity is allocated to over provisioning while the remainder is utilized for SandForce firmware needs.

About Les Tokar

is a technology nut and Founder of The SSD Review. His early work includes the first consumer SSD review along with MS Vista, Win 7 and SSD Optimization Guides. Les is fortunate to, not only evaluate and provide opinion on consumer and enterprise solid state storage but also, travel the world in search of new technologies and great friendships. Google+
  • DataplexDanger

    Hours of verification after a crash is pretty unacceptable. I can’t use this product knowing that even in a minor accidental power outage I’ll be locked out for ages. I have to somehow get Newegg to refund this thing.

    • http://www.thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

      I have been through exactly what you are describing and must say that I never had anywhere near that type of wait. The first question I would have though is what caused it. Was an improper shutdown?

  • Jack

    what kindof idiot in 2012 doesnt have a battery backup

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=706626617 Anonymous

    I could buy this now off newegg for $154 or wait until western digital comes out with their 60Gb drive a tthe end of february for $100. Would love to see them go head to head.

  • aj6065

    I think the reviewer is misinterpreting the term “hot cache”. He seems to think this means data is only active, or “hot” when the computer is on. For example he states a couple times that he was unsure how the drive would perform after being off all night and cold-booting in the morning, implying the drive might not retain the cached data. NAND flash memory is nonvolatile and wont lose data (the cache in this case) after being off for extended hours. The term “hot cache” simply means the data that is most commonly accessed. This common data will be copied to the SSD and will remain there until the software deems it unimportant enough to be replaced by other data. It works the same way as Intel’s Smart Response Technology. I found it strange this review didnt seem to fully understand the concept, or maybe I was getting the wrong impression.

    • http://www.thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

      I appreciate your thought and detailed response and can assure you that our knowledge of ‘hot data’ and its retention when the drive turned off is sound. Our review is an emphasis in this fashion because we were aware that many readers would not be familiar with ‘hot data’ or the fact that it could be retained when power was lost. Thank you once again.

  • Superman0094

    My situation is a bit different. I have a client who WAS using Windows 7 file sharing for an accounting program and a order control system (2 databases 2 users) Once both users were in the program it became unbearably slow. So the client goes out and buys a Dell server with a 1TB server. This is where I came into the picture. They want the server set up so that 3 PCs connect to it. 2 for the databases and 1 for the graphics guy. I’m out looking at HDDs and stumble across this little gem. I understand the problem with having this tied to my boot drive and unexpected outages…not good and even though it will have a UPS I’m thinking that I’ll add this HDD 1.5TB SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drive 64MB 7200RPM 3.5IN Caviar Black and the 128 synapse cache. So my questions are as follows:
    Is this reasonable or overkill?
    Will both users connecting back to the server @ 100/full see an OMG this is SOOO fast difference? Or will they be disappointed?
    Right now the graphics guys files are all stored locally on his HDD, is he going to be mad, happy, or in between?

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