OCZ Octane SATA 3 512GB SSD Review

PCMARK VANTAGE X64 HDD SUITE

The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications

If you are new to testing and considering benchmark software, this is the best you can get because the program goes well beyond the results of simulated testing as we have already done. In comparing SATA 2.0 SSDs, we have reached the bandwidth limit and the performance of most new SATA 2 SSDs is as high as it can get with typical high sequential access speeds in the area of 280MB/s read and 270MB/s write.  This observation can again be seen with drives of different manufacturers that utilize similar components within and have very similar specifications.

We needed a way to differentiate these drives and to find a method that can actually put one drive above another and this is exactly what Vantage testing does. Its tests combined can provide an accurate comparison between drives and its tests individually can assist a smart shopper in finding the best SSD for their needs. Next to actual true to life testing which can take an insurmountable length of time, PCMark Vantage is the only program that can compare any SSD, side by side, regardless of SATA interface or controller in use.

OCZ OCTANE SATA 3 256GB SSD VANTAGE TOTAL POINT SCORE

The Total Point score for the OCZ Octane in our testing was 60872 points with a high transfer speed of 372 MB/s while testing in Media Player.  These results are a bit lower than we have been seeing lately but we need to remember that its been push, push, push for drives that will perform equally well in both the consumer and enterprise environment since day one.  Very few of those drives can touch the low latency of the OCZ Octane.

This next chart depicts where the OCZ Octane fits in amongst all of the newer generation SATA 3 SSDs we have tested thusfar:

9 comments

  1. “Their stealth in bringing things to market has not only pushed SSD technology significantly..”

    Is that really what you meant?

  2. The latency of this device is superb, simply the best at low 4K. As long as OCZ nails the pricing, this will be a great buy for the casual user. Devices such as this will speed the widespread adoption of SSDs, which will benefit us all.
    Of note is the fact that this device is roughly only 15 percent off in performance compared to the highest scorer in PCMark Vantage scores. Considering this is the first firmware revision, and the much lower price, at 1.10 to 1.30 per GB being mentioned, this is going to be a big seller~

  3. i want one in my tivo lol 🙂

  4. I would be careful with OCZ SSD Drives bought a Vertex 2 and 3 and both failed after a couple of months. currently dealing we costumer service. not sure yet if they will refund me I will keep you posted. If the don’t stay away far away from these drives.

  5. costumer service is the worst

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