OCZ Synapse Cache 64GB SSD Introduction

Today we review the OCZ Synapse cache SSD drive; you may be wondering why the name cache has been included in the title of this specific drive, well this is because unlike most SSD drives of which are primarily used as your main drive and used only to install Windows. The OCZ Synapse Cache SSD drives purpose is to upgrade your current system, specifically your current hard drive. The SSD Cache drive uses NAND Flash technology and is quick and easy to install as the SSD attaches right into your system, and requires no setup, no fuss, no hassle, instance hard drive performance boost. So let us take a look at this OCZ Synapse SSD and see the performance gain...

Specifications

  • Available in 64GB (32GB) and 128GB (64GB) capacities*
  • Interface: SATA 6Gbps / Backwards Compatible 3Gbps
  • Use in conjunction with your existing hard drive**
  • 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-128GB  Performance Comparison

Performance

64GB

128GB

Max Read

Up to 550 MB/s

Up to 550 MB/s

Max Write

Up to 490 MB/s

Up to 510 MB/s

Max 4KB Random Read

10,000 IOPS (40 MB/s)

19,000 IOPS (75 MB/s)

Max 4KB Random Write

75,000 IOPS (300 MB/s)

80,000 IOPS (320 MB/s)

Sequential Read AS-SSD

Up to 200 MB/s

Up to 200 MB/s

Sequential Write AS-SSD

Up to 70 MB/s

Up to 130 MB/s

4KB Random Read AS-SSD

13,000 IOPS (50 MB/s)

24,000 IOPS (90 MB/s)

4KB Random Write AS-SSD

18,000 IOPS (70 MB/s)

33,000 IOPS (130 MB/s)

DATAPLEX

The OCZ Synapse Cache SSD 64GB uses an internal software called “Dataplex”. . The Dataplex™ caching software will integrate the Synapse into your existing system and will you allow you to increase the performance of your HDD to an SSD level.

This is done by creating an environment where the most frequently used "hot" data stays on the ultra-fast SSD, while the "cold" data remains on the larger capacity HDD that is already part of your system. Advanced 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.

Thus, the Synapse is a caching product and therefore an upgrade for any computer that uses a HDD.

Installation

First you have to go to the OZC website and select the Synapse product, then go to downloads and register the products serial number that is located on the back of the drive or on the box. Next, download the Dataplex software and do as follows.

Finally the DataPlex has been installed after pressing the Install button on the next page. The SSD is now ready for use!