OCZ Octane

OCZ Technology is a California-based high-speed memory and storage company. It was founded in 2002 and has an excellent record for customer satisfaction. The company has multiple lines of products and OCZ Technology’s Solid State Drives (SSD) line is useful in Notebooks, Desktops and Enterprise Servers. One of its recent lines of SSD is the OCZ Octane line.

OCZ Octane line of SSD is a high speed storage device. The combination of speed and size make the OCZ Octane SSD line very attractive. Speed tests have shown the access latency as low as 0.06 ms in a small 83 gram drive. It is fully compatible with most operating systems. And it fully supports RAID and encryption.

The OCZ Octane SATA III is a small 2.5 inch drive (99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3 mm). There are 4 models in the line and their storage capacity ranges from 128GB up to 1TB per drive. The maximum write speed ranges from 170 MB/sec on the 128GB drive up to 400 MB/sec on the 1TB drive. The read speeds are equally impressive. The maximum read speed is 535 MB/sec on all of the drives except the 1TB. Its maximum read speed it 560 MB/sec. In an I/O performance test of reading 4KB random files, it completed 37,000 Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS) and the 1TB model did 45,000 IOPS. Testing of it doing writes resulted in 7,700 IOPS through 19,500 IOPS.

The line of drives has a SATA III interface, which allows it to be used in most computers. And it is also backwards compatible with SATA II. It is fully Serial ATA Revision 3.0 and ATA/ATAPI-8 Standard Native Command Queuing (NCQ) compliant.

The line of drives can be used with many operating systems. Compatibility has been tested in Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Linux and Mac OS X. Other operating systems could be compatible also.

OCZ Technology has an excellent track record of manufacturing high quality products. It offers a 3-year warranty on its drives and has phone and forum support.

OCZ Octane line is small enough for Notebook computers and fast enough for enterprise servers. This unique combination of speed and size make the OCZ Octane line an ideal all-purpose line of drives. The storage capacity that tops out at 1TB per drive gives companies more than enough storage for normal use.

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