OCZ Octane 1.13 Firmware Update: Improving 4KB Random Write Performanceby Anand Lal Shimpi on February 9, 2012 11:21 PM EST
AnandTech Storage Bench 2011 - Light Workload
Our new light workload actually has more write operations than read operations. The split is as follows: 372,630 reads and 459,709 writes. The relatively close read/write ratio does better mimic a typical light workload (although even lighter workloads would be far more read centric).
The I/O breakdown is similar to the heavy workload at small IOs, however you'll notice that there are far fewer large IO transfers:
|AnandTech Storage Bench 2011 - Light Workload IO Breakdown|
|IO Size||% of Total|
Our lighter workload actually showed more of a performance drop for the 512GB drive, while the 128GB drive's performance remained unchanged.
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iwod - Thursday, February 9, 2012 - linkGet M4 ( Or Marvell Based ) if you want Stable and Top Notch Performance.
Get Sandforce Based Drive if you only care about Performance.
Samus - Friday, February 10, 2012 - linkDon't forget Sandforce is generally cheaper, especially their mature first-gen controller based drives like the $120 Sandisk 120GB, or recentlky the Patriot $105 120GB drive.
Ammaross - Friday, February 10, 2012 - link"...or recently the Patriot $105 120GB drive. "
The Patriot Pyro you're mentioning is based on a Sandforce 2281 controller, so SATA3 and second-gen. But yes, definitely cheaper than most (all) worthy alternatives.
GrizzledYoungMan - Friday, February 10, 2012 - linkSorry, but no. I just RMA'ed a 128 gb Crucial m4 because of a numerous issues and incompatibilities stemming from poor firmware. The system wouldn't wake from sleep without modifying the registry (and even then, it wouldn't always work) and the drive would frequently stutter thanks to an unacknowledged (but clearly prevalent, given forum posts about it) issue with Intel RST 10.x drivers.
I am now running a 120 gb Intel 320 and loving it. The performance is indistinguishable from the m4, despite the latter's advantage in spec and benches. If anything, the 320 might feel a bit snappier than the m4 (and certainly better than my old 60 gb Vertex... not 2 or 3, just Vertex).
iwod - Friday, February 10, 2012 - linkI can definitely say the performance IS distinguishable from m4 and Intel 320.
In terms of stability Intel is in a different league. So i forgot to mention them.
M4 may have its problem, but nothing compare to Sandforce.
ckryan - Friday, February 10, 2012 - linkOCZ deserves credit for continuing to support it's older Indilinx drives with newer FW. While Arrowana FW never materialized for Intel NAND equipped models, their newer FWs are much better.
The problem with the Octane isn't necessarily it's performance. The problem is price.
Unless the price drops, there isn't a compelling reason to own one. I'm pleased that OCZ is releasing new FW that positively impacts performance, but until they get the price lower, I wouldn't recommend that shoppers pass up the 830 -- especially at 128GB. Depending on the day, the Samsung 830 128GB is $10 to $20 more. For that price differential, you get better performance and probably better NAND as well.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the 64GB 830 and 128GB Octane are pretty much equal performance-wise.
pc_void - Friday, February 10, 2012 - linkThe octane isn't an older drive. It came out not long ago.
ckryan - Friday, February 10, 2012 - linkNo, I mean it's awesome that OCZ is supporting the original Indilinx with newer FW (like 1.7, and I assume there will be at least one more FW release). OCZ does a lot of things which irritate me to no end, but FW support is not one of them.
To me, FW support (both initial and long term) is pretty important, so they deserve credit for that.
The 128GB Octane is actually more expensive than the 128GB 830 today; Newegg is having a sale.
pc_void - Friday, February 10, 2012 - linkDo see what your saying now.
eman17j - Monday, February 13, 2012 - linkOCZ bought the indilinx controller thats why its in the octane and thats why they are supporting it. It is their own controller. They arent just trying to help out by supporting some old controller