OCZ has released a new pair of SSDs,
dubbed the Synapse Cache series. As a sort of speciality product, OCZ
is bundling the drives with some special caching software, allowing
them to cache frequently accessed files on a traditional hard drive.
The result is near SSD-like performance with all the high-capacity
benefits that a hard disk provides.
Available in 64GB and 128GB trim, the
Synapse Cache boasts a SATA 6Gb/s interface, MLC NAND flash memory,
and 550MB/s reads, 490MB/s writes and 75,000 IOPS for the former
capacity, with the latter clocking in at 550MB/s read, 510MB/s write
and 80,000 IOPS. You also get a 3.5” mounting bracket (since these
are 2.5” form-factor drives) and a three year warranty.
The included software is NVELO's
Dataplex, a package that OCZ has used a little bit earlier with their
RevoDrive Hybrid. Indeed, the RevoDrive and the Synapse Cache are
very similar products, besides the fact that the former is faster,
plugs into a PCI Express expansion slot, and includes its own hard
The OCZ Synapse Cache is beginning to come
available, with quoted price tags of $149 for the 64GB
unit and $249 for the 128GB unit.
In comparison, the RevoDrive Hybrid is going for $499. Both have
their advantages, but remember that motherboards based on the Intel
Z68 chipsets have solid-state caching built-in, the only caveat being
that you will need to bring your own SSD.
UPDATE: You can now purchase the OCZ Synapse Cache Series on Amazon here and other retailers.