OCZ Enyo USB 3.0 Portable SSD Review

By on June 16, 2010, 5:39 AM
This year marked the beginning of a transition from SATA 3Gb/s to SATA 6Gb/s, with AMD already implementing this technology into their latest chipsets, and also from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0. Both have the potential to help drive demand for SSD technology, but we feel the latter in particular is much more overdue, coming at a time when the aging USB 2.0 standard has become tremendously inefficient and is failing to meet today's demands for portable storage.

Although widespread adoption of USB 3.0 is still some way off, with the right motherboard or a PCI card add-on it's possible to take advantage of newly released drives sporting the SuperSpeed interface -- a handful of which are based on speedy SSD technology. Of course when talking about any product and using the words SSD and USB 3.0 in the same sentence, it's fair to assume that it is going to be anything but affordable.


That's the case with the new OCZ Enyo, which costs $220 for just 64GB of storage, while the bigger 128GB and 256GB devices cost around $410 and $780 each. If mobility and speed is what you are looking for, however, the Enyo might be worth every penny with its claimed transfer rates of up to 260MB/s for reads and 200MB/s for writing data. We know OCZ has made it their business to be at the forefront of SSD technology, so let's find out if they can live up to their ambitions.

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Guest said:

the Barefoot controller does support TRIM with its current (latest) firmware.

the question is, does Windows 7 trim removable solid state USB drives (i assume it would)? this is critical to any SSD, long-term. if using an OS with no native Trim (eg at work on vista or XP), you'll need to run a TRIM/refresh utility after swapping the drive back and forth between systems with and without TRIM enabled to maintain performance.

i use a removable drive for a lot of my work which requires many random 4k writes, i think the 10x speed boost in 4K writes just from it being SSD (nothing to do with USB 3.0) is a huge benefit and will reduce much lag associated with using portable software from removable flash drives.

Leon

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

You make a good point, does Windows 7's TRIM support also work on external SSD's such as the above reviewed? Has anyone got an external SSD and Windows and found this to be an issue?

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Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

I would assume not

TRIM is a function of the Microsoft made IDE or AHCI driver in Windows 7

I would assume the USB devices do not use that driver, but instead the USB Mass Storage Device Drivers and that these do not support TRIM

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Jos Jos said:

From the official product page ( [link]

Enyo USB 3.0 SSDs cut the time it takes for fast transferring of HD video, graphics, and music and are plug-and-play without additional external power requirements. Furthermore, the Enyo features background garbage collection to help maintain "like-new" performance throughout its lifespan.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Cheers!

Guest said:

I'm just building a new system based on i7 and a Gigabyte GAX58A-UD3R Rev 2.0 mobo that has USB3 and SATA 3.0 and wondered if you can use this as a boot drive on USB3? Thanks

derf9876 said:

Just a quick feedback on using OCZ enyo USB 3.0 128GB. I bought this great external disk drive. It was very fast and worked fine for... 1 week, when the usb connector just broke off (never experienced that). No replacement or repair possible from OCZ, so my 247? drive is sitting useless on my desk.

:(

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Steve Steve said:

Yeah they don't often replace physically damaged products and since the cable is a USB 3.0 standard there should be nothing wrong with the design.

Good news is being a standard cable you can get them off eBay for around $10...

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In short you want to buy a USB 3.0 type A male to micro B male.

Guest said:

My OCZ Enyo 128GB SSD failed after one week of use. The computer did not recognize the drive anymore. I contacted OCZ and after about one week they declared my drive defective and agreed to replace the product. Unfortunately, I had already stored numerous confidential files on it. I was thus not prepared to return it since I did not want other people to have access to my data, in case OCZ could repair and read the drive.

I suggested that I would return it without the solid state memory chips, but they insisted that the whole drive had to be returned without any modification. They also had no advice on how I could clean the data off the drive.

The result is that I have totally wasted my money. So if you buy the Enyo SSD, make sure that you do not store any data on it that you are not prepared to share with others, in case you may want to return the drive.

Guest said:

I bought four of the Enyo 128gb drives when they first came out. I have rma'ed three of the four within three months and the fourth one just died on me. I literally found this article by looking for what's going on with the OCZ SSD's.

I will never buy another OCZ disk ever again...

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