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OCZ boosts Octane speeds with new firmware

OCZ boosts Octane speeds with new firmware

OCZ's Octane SSDs just got better, with a new firmware that boosts the IOPS performance.

OCZ has announced a new firmware for its Octane range of solid-state drives that offers a little something extra: up to double the IOPS performance on selected models.

IOPS - Input/Output Operations Per Second - is a common method of measuring raw storage performance, and while it doesn't necessarily relate to real-world data throughput it's a given that more is better. Thankfully for Octane owners, that's exactly what the latest firmware offers.

According to OCZ's own figures, the improvement varies from model to model but is worth having nevertheless: the 128GB Octane goes from 7,700 random 4K write IOPS under the previous firmware to a healthy 18,000; the 256GB Octane jumps from 12,000 IOPS to 25,000; and the 512GB manages a respectable leap from 16,000 IOPS to 26,000.

Before you run to download the update, which takes the drives from version 1.12 to 1.13, a word of warning: the firmware update is a destructive process, entirely wiping the contents of the drive in the process. As a result, make sure you have an up-to-date backup before grabbing your free speed boost.

Additionally, you'll need the MSAHCI drivers installed to complete the upgrade process, the SSD must be set as a secondary drive, and - sadly - if you're running an Intel X79 chipset you'll have to find another system to flash the SSD on, as it's not yet supported by OCZ's Toolbox software.

With all that in mind, and if you're still hankering for your IOPS boost, head over to the OCZ Octane page to download the upgrade.

Are you pleased that OCZ is improving its products for existing customers rather than just developing new - and expensive - models, or wondering exactly why it's necessary to wipe the entire drive just to upgrade the firmware? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Baz 25th January 2012, 14:02 Quote
What helpful timing, just got a 512GB Octane in for review!
andrew8200m 25th January 2012, 14:04 Quote
Yay thank god! Its a fast drive but it was lacking in that area!
Bungletron 25th January 2012, 14:17 Quote
That update process is complete ball ache though, no? Not even half that bad for other SSDs.
Doctor Hades 25th January 2012, 19:04 Quote
How come Crucial and others can make firmware updates that are non-destructive and work under AHCI but OCZ can't? That info puts me right off their drives even before I try them.
Dr. Strangelove 26th January 2012, 15:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Baz
What helpful timing, just got a 512GB Octane in for review!

if you just got it in, can you check it's real-world performance before and after the update? (assuming it has not been updated before you got it)
Gareth Halfacree 1st February 2012, 08:04 Quote
Well, I'm not entirely certain how it's done it, but OCZ has managed to release a firmware update that boosts IOPS while actively harming real-world data throughput. Skillz.
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