SSDs are more affordable than ever after the collapse of the harddrive industry earlier this fall, and OCZ is doi what it can to use this to its advantage. OCZ Petrol is a fresh SSD series with cheaper memory circuits that will reduce prices by 30%.

OCZ Petrol use the Indilinx Everest SSD controller with SATA 6.0 Gbps interface for good performance specifications. Unlike OCZ’s first Everest series Octane performance has dropped slightly and this is due to a careful choice of memory circuits. Instead of more expensive, synchronous NAND flash circuits from IMFT, OCZ has used cheaper asynchronous NAND flash circuits that results in lower performance, but at the same time lower prices. OCZ mentions up to 30% lower development costs and the first hits of the prices do look promising.

The Petrol series with its asynchronous memory circuits is very dependent on the number of NAND chips and even if the SSD maximal performance are very competitive the write performance drops considerably when the capacity is reduced. OCZ promises sequential read speeds up to 400 MB/s but write performance will according to the data sheet be up to 250 MB/s with the 512GB mode and up to 135 MB/s with the 128GB model.

  OCZ Octane
128 GB
OCZ Petrol
OCZ Petrol
256 GB
OCZ Petrol
512 GB
Controller Indilinx Everest Indilinx Everest Indilinx Everest Indilinx Everest
Memory technology
2x nm S-MLC 2x nm AS-MLC 2x nm AS-MLC 2x nm AS-MLC
Interface SATA 6.0 Gb/s SATA 6.0 Gb/s SATA 6.0 GB/s SATA 6.0 GB/s
DRAM cache 512 MB ? ? ?
Sequential read speed 535 MB/s 360 MB/s 370 MB/s 370 MB/s
Sequential write speed 170 MB/s 135 MB/s 240 MB/s 250 MB/s
Random 4K reads
37 000 IOPS 34 000 IOPS 34 000 IOPS 34 000 IOPS
Random 4K writes
7 700 IOPS 4 000 IOPS 7 000 IOPS 10 000 IOPS
MTBF 1 250 000 h 1 250 000 h 1 250 000 h 1 250 000 h
Energy consumption 1.15 / 1.98 W 1.15 / 1.98 W 1.15 / 1.98 W 1.15 / 1.98 W
Formfactor 2.5″  2,5″ 2.5″ 2.5″
MSRP 199.99 USD 149.99 USD 339.99 USD 649.99 USD

OCZ Petrol will be available in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities and supports TRIM, Indilinx NDurance, Smart and AES-128. With 3 year warranty the units will be available in the upcoming weeks and we look forward to the actual store prices. With some luck we will be looking at a sub-$100 price.


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