OCZ Synapse Cache SSD review -
The following images were taken at high-resolution and then cropped and scaled down. The camera used was a Canon 450D 12 MegaPixel.
Right, we received the retail product which can be spotted in stores as we speak. Rather standard looking packaging. OCZ includes a 3.5" bracket for easy installation in your PC 3/5" drive bay. You'll also find a manual with instruction of where to download the DataPlex software alongside with a key to bee able to use it.
And there it is, this is the 2.5" SATA III 64 GB version. You should easily be able to place it somewhere in your chassis. Small and light-weight. This drive chunks out peak read and write speeds roughly 500 MB/sec, crazy stuff. Cached the dynamic is a little different, but we'll show you all that in the benchmark suite.
When we look at the connectors, we spot the standard power and Serial ATA connectors. This drive is SATA3 compatible, which typically requires a specific SATA3 cable by the way. A proper SATA 6G cable is recommended and should be delivered with your motherboard. We did try, and we never ever had issues with a standard SATA2 cable either.
The unit is Sandforce 2281 based and uses Micron NAND flash modules, 25nm. And all too familiar design really. With Sandforce being sold to LSI we wonder what will happen in the future though.
While OCZ just released the Revodrive Hybrid, they now also launch a seriously fast SSD just for caching. Combined with their Dataplex cache application software and your own HDD, the combination could be just what you are looking for, all at a much better price as well with no limitations to your hardware setup.It's armed with a SandForce 2281 controller and the means to use it, as alongside the SSD you get to use the very same cache software layer the RevoDrive Hybrid uses, Dataplex. A cache in combination with the Synapse SSD offers read speeds of up-to 550MB/s and write performance of up-to 490 MB/sec.