Test: Einzeltest: OCZ Octane SSD (128GB)
Zitat: Pro: + Excellent read speeds
+ Consistent performance across data types
+ Ultra-low latency
Con: - Limited write speeds
- Performance drops off at high queue depths
- Faster drives are available at around the same price
OCZ´s Octane solid-state drive arrived with one major question mark; can it make the Indilinx Everest controller a viable alternative to the established solutions from the likes of Marvell and SandForce? The answer´s yes, but it isn´t quite as clear cut as that. SandForce drives still have the edge in terms of raw throughput, Marvell-driven SSDs have proven to be strong all rounders, and the Octane - albeit equally potent in certain scenarios - isn´t any cheaper and needs to undercut the competition to truly stand out. As a home-user upgrade, the 128GB, SATA 6Gbps model will deliver an instant jolt of speed that´s consistent irrespective of the data type in use, and it´s well worthy of consideration for that purpose alone. But less-than-stellar write speeds - particularly at high queue depths - prevent the drive from being a great all-rounder. And then there´s the issue of tried-and-trusted reliability. Drives based on Marvell and SandForce controllers have been available for some time, and both have benefited from firmware updates that introduced greater performance and stability. The relatively-new Octane, and its underlying Indilinx Everest controller, remains something of an unknown entity. Bottom line: the Octane is the latest in a long line of high-performance OCZ SSDs and it´s one to watch for the future. But right now, quicker alternatives are available at the same price.