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Thursday, January 19, 2012
OCZ Synapse Cache 64GB SSD review

1. Features

Today we have in our labs an SSD developed by OCZ, designed for accelerating your PC by taking advantage the ultra-fast read and write features of flash memory. Designed to work in conjunction with your standard hard disk drives (HDDs), the Synapse SSD is optimized for caching applications and files that you are frequently using in your daily tasks and provide you with SSD-level performance across the entire capacity of the HDD.

The basic advantage of the Synapse SSD is that it can work in any Windows 7 PC system without any demanding hardware requirements. The "caching" operation is controlled by a software and not your PC's hardware i.e. chipset, as you need in other caching solutions such as Intel's RST.

The OCZ Synapse Series integrates the Dataplex caching software to dynamically manage the use of both SSD and HDD. This combination creates an environment where the most frequently used "hot" data stays on the ultra-fast SSD, while the "cold" data remains on your larger capacity HDD. Caching algorithms learn user behavior and adapt storage policies to ensure optimal performance for each individual user, maximizing productivity for the most demanded programs and applications. After at tree runs of the PC Mark Vantage software - required in order the Synapse SSD to effectively cache the "hot data" - OCZ's caching solution is significantly improves application performance:

The Synapse Series is available in 64GB and 128GB versions and it is backed by a 3-year warranty. 

Today we will put under testing the 64GB version of the drive, the OCZ Synapse Cache 64GB. have in mind that at least the 50% of the provided 64GB NAND flash will be used for overprovisiong to accommodate performance and software features (error correction e.t.c). This means that you will be actually

- Features

  • Available in 64GB (32GB) and 128GB (64GB) capacities
  • Interface: SATA 6Gbps / Backwards Compatible 3Gbps
  • MLC NAND Flash
  • Native TRIM support
  • Integrated Dataplex caching software
  • ECC Recovery, Data Encryption
  • Slim 2.5" Design: 98 x 69.9 x 9.1 mm
  • Lightweight: 79g
  • Operating Temp: 0°C ~ 70°C
  • Ambient Temp: 0°C ~ 55°C
  • Storage Temp: -45°C ~ 85°C
  • Low Power Consumption: 2.7W Active, 1.5W Idle
  • Shock Resistant up to 1500G
  • Included 3.5" Desktop adapter bracket
  • Compatible with Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit
  • MTBF: 2 million hours
  • 3-Year Warranty
  • 64GB Max Performance
    • Max Read: up to 550 MB/s
    • Max Write: up to 490 MB/s
    • Random Write 4k: 75,000 IOPS

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