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OCZ's Octane SSD matches promise with high review marks

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The first reviews of the OCZ Octane SSD drive are in, and are generally favorable. The Octane is the first drive to use OCZ acquisition Indilinx's new Everest controller.

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The OCZ Octane is something else – it marks the first 1TB 2.5-inch SSD, manages to undercut a lot of the competition (including the Samsung 830 and Intel 320) on price per GB, and judging from the first round of reviews, looks to be a very strong performer overall. Bang for the buck here is partially due to the new Indilinx Everest controller under the hood – OCZ acquired the company back in March and the Everest marks the first new controller design from the company since 2009.

OCZ promises read / write speeds on the Octane of up to 560MB/s and 400MB/s respectively (depending on capacity), while reviewers are saying that random reads are very fast, sequential reads and writes are competitive, and random writes are somewhat slower than offerings such as Crucial's m4 and OCZ's own SandForce-powered Vertex 3. The full scoop on benchmark performance and power consumption can be found at the source links below. Unfortunately, you can't buy one quite yet: Newegg had the 256GB model on sale for $379.99, but it's already sold out.