OCZ announces Synapse SSD series for caching

By Jos · 11 replies
Sep 21, 2011
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  1. OCZ has unveiled a new series of solid-state drives designed specifically for caching applications in an SSD/HDD hybrid storage setup. The new Synapse SSDs are limited to 64GB and 128GB…

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  2. SammyJames

    SammyJames TS Enthusiast Posts: 167

    Cool. Caching is the future -- along with moving everything to flash ROM someday... with backup provided either by HDD or SSD.
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +1,223

    This is the most interested SSD idea i've seen so far... So many things my PC uses my HD for I don't really care if it's fast. Anything like Window's loading, app loading, large file copying... I don't care if it's slow. But game screen loading... that'd be nice to speed up.
  4. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    Love it :) Lets hope its semi-affordable. I bet it'll run with the mainstream prices out today which is still a bit high for me. Lets hope Black Friday and Christmas sales bring out good deals on these items that are expensive today.
  5. godrilla

    godrilla TS Rookie Posts: 16

    Is this technology exclusive to ocz? or are we going to see this with more companies with their own versions?
  6. godrilla

    godrilla TS Rookie Posts: 16

  7. godrilla

    godrilla TS Rookie Posts: 16

  8. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 529   +7

    Interesting idea. I think its success will depend on how much control the user has over the caching algoithm and how effective it is. If done well it could be really great as it could have all your small files on the SSD with larger ones (where sequential read speed vs access time is more important), on the HDD. Data Writing is always an issue with these setups though as that is pretty much completely dependent on the lowest speed device.
  9. Holyscrap

    Holyscrap TS Enthusiast Posts: 43   +18

    64GB (32GB cache capacity): SYN-25SAT3-64G
    128GB (64GB cache capacity): SYN-25SAT3-128G

    NOTE: Synapse Series features 50% NAND flash overprovisiong to accommodate performance and software features

    OUCH! Just saw this at OCZ's website. (I wish there was a law or smthing that would make SSD makers only show the actual GB . this overprovisioning stuff really gets on my nerves)
  10. SammyJames

    SammyJames TS Enthusiast Posts: 167

    Hmm... I'm unsure about that. For me, I need a fast-access storage device to play back streaming samples. The same COULD potentially be true of certain video editing platforms, although I am unsure about that as well.

    Basically, anything that gets transferred to memory will of course have the highest priority when it comes to seek times, if I'm not mistaken. But basically, we're looking at an incredible system pretty much no matter what.

    Right now, the fastest HD in my system is 7200 RPM with a 32 MB cache. Even a second-generation (SATA II) SSD can blow my little system off the grid. And the newest devices would eat my poor home-made rig for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacktime.


    At any rate, I'm not really picking a bone with you. I'm just musing on what you brought up.

    - S
  11. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +121

    This is not new. This is a do-it-yourself hybrid hard drive kit.
  12. @godrilla: That's an enterprise ssd. This is not.

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