OCZ has been around for almost a decade now. They started off with memory products and explored many other territories too. After many ups and downs around a year ago they took a leave from memory business and now the only deal in power supplies and solid state drives; later one being the main focus.
Right now, OCZ is one of the big players in the SSD market. They always have the urge to have full control over the controller used in their SSDs. This urge led them to buy complete inventory of Indilinx and then SandForce a couple of years back but that was a temporary solution. To satisfy their urge now and forever, they took over Indilinx almost an year ago. Ever since the acquisition of Indilinx, there had been rumours that OCZ is working on an in-house controller for their upcoming SSDs. In-house controllers brings in a lot of advantages. To begin with it means low end cost along with full control over firmware and ability to fix any controller related issues quickly.
OCZ Octane is the fruit of Indilinx acquisition. It’s based on Indilinx Everest controller. Some rumours burst out last month that Everest is actually based on Marvell 88SS9174 controller which is used in Crucial M4, Intel SSD 510 etc. and these rumours were indeed true but OCZ mentioned that Indilinx Everest is actually a higher clocked Marvell 88SS9174 controller and the firmware is completely developed by OCZ / Indilinx. That doesn’t change much as drives performance and reliability is mostly dependent on firmware and validation. Later on, OCZ confirmed that they are working on a completely new controller of their own.
Now coming back to the topic, OCZ Octane is first SSD based on Indilinx Everest controller. Octane is a budget friendly performance oriented SATA III 6 Gbps drive targeted towards mid-tier mass market segment and it comes in capacities starting from 128 GB to all the way up till a full TeraByte (1 TB).
Today, we have the 128 GB version of OCZ Octane with us. It has read speeds of up to 470 MB/s and write speeds of 210 MB/s. It comes with many useful features like TRIM, AES Data Encryption and Boot Time Reduction Optimization. We’ll be putting it through several tests too if it’s fit for you.