OCZ Releases Synapse SSD for Cachingby Kristian Vättö on September 21, 2011 9:43 AM EST
OCZ has released a new series of SSDs called Synapse Cache today. This announcement is a bit different from normal SSD announcements since OCZ will be bundling Dataplex caching software with these SSDs, hence the "Cache" in the series name. As for the other specs, you are pretty much looking at yet another 2.5" SF-2281 based SSD.
|OCZ Synapse Cache Series|
|4KB Random Read||10,000 IOPS||19,000 IOPS|
|4KB Random Write||75,000 IOPS||80,000 IOPS|
Capacities are limited to 64GB and 128GB, but there is 50% overprovision, meaning that only 32GB and 64GB will be usabe. It wouldn't make much sense to use a bigger SSD for caching though, and Intel is limiting their Smart Response Technology (our review) to 64GB as well. To briefly summarize the idea of caching; the software analyzes your usage and moves the most frequently accessed files to the SSD, while keeping the less frequently used files in the HD. Especially with smaller SSDs like 64GB, caching can be very useful because it can be hard to decide what goes to the SSD and what doesn't - now software does that for you.
As a whole, SSD caching with OCZ Synapse might be a good option for people without Intel Z68 chipset. Which is more effective, remains to be seen though. Pricing is unfortunately unknown, so it's hard to say how attractive Synapse really is. Keeping the price close to regular SSDs is important because most people probably won't be ready to pay tons of extra for caching software. OCZ is claiming immediate availability but none of the biggest retailers have Synapse listed as of today.
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Kristian Vättö - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - linkI don't know why but that is completely normal. It's the same thing with Vertex 3 for instance
MilwaukeeMike - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - linkI believe it has to do with read actions requiring the drive to know where the data is, while with writing it can put it wherever it wants. Like when I throw my clothes in the closet... it's much quicker to throw something in there, but slower to find it afterwards.
josephjpeters - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - linkI think the value of this caching method has a few key advantages.
1) It will work on all machines. It's not just tied to Intel SRT-enabled motherboards. OS-level caching has been tried and failed and is one of the reasons why major HDD manufacturers stay away from Hybrid Systems all together.
2) It's simple. No install is required. The OS isn't installed on the Drive so it's literally "plug and play".
3) Files remain on HDD so there is less risk of a "catastrophic" failure. For many, this is one reason why people steer clear of SSD's.
It's a cool product. OCZ will be shipping these in their mSATA drives as well. Synapse will be for the desktop User, mSATA (no name yet) will be for the Mobile User and RevoDrive Hybrid is for the "professional".
applestooranges - Thursday, September 22, 2011 - linkYeah, all that makes sense, but WHERE CAN I BUY ONE!
UrbanBurger - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - linkThese drives have 50% over provisioning making them 32GB and 64GB usable. I expect to see a SKU without the software for use with Intel's SRT.
Kristian Vättö - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - linkOh, darn, I missed that! Thanks for the heads up, I've updated the article.
FATCamaro - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - linkI don't trust OCZ software to cache my filesystem for me.
josephjpeters - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - linkSoftware is written by Nvelo :)
Troff - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - linkI don't trust OCZ. Yes, I have a Vertex 3, why do you ask?
josephjpeters - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - linkI've got a Vertex 3 and no problems...