OCZ's new Octane 1TB is the first 2.5in solid-state drive to offer such an impressive capacity, but it doesn't come cheap.
OCZ has announced plans to launch a 1TB 2.5in solid-state drive (SSD) based on the Indilinx Everest controller, as part of its Octane family of drives.
The impressively capacious Octane 1TB uses a SATA-6Gb/s interface, but its performance rating isn't the greatest: despite a high-speed interface to the motherboard, the drive manages a somewhat lacklustre 460MB/s read and 330MB/s write. Throughput in input/output operations per second (IOPS) is given as 24,000 IOPS for 4K random reads and 32,000 IOPS for 4K random writes.
The performance from the multi-level cell (MLC) flash may not be much to write home about, but the capacity is nothing short of astounding: holding 1TB of data, the Octane 1TB is designed as an alternative to OCZ's 3.5in Colossus LT 1TB for uses where a physically smaller drive is required.
It's also the first 1TB 2.5in SSD on the market, and as a result will likely find favour with blade server users who need speedier storage than mechanical drives can offer without sacrificing capacity.
Sadly, those are about the only users likely to be able to afford the device: official pricing has yet to be announced, but Scan has confirmed that it's taking pre-orders on the drive at £1,963.02 - making it supremely unlikely that anyone will be using it as an upgrade to their laptop's existing storage device any time soon.
For the cash, buyers do get Indilinx's proprietary page-mapping algorithms, claimed to boost performance in real-world mixed-workload environments, along with NDurance technology for improved NAND flash lifespan. The drive also includes automated AES encryption, for those of a security-oriented mindset. A three-year warranty is included as standard.
Where one manufacturer has gone, others will follow. We're expecting to see a flood of 1TB 2.5in SSDs in the near future, with pricing - hopefully - dropping steadily to something the average home user can finally consider as a premium-grade purchase.