Page 10 - Conclusion
Whether you have skipped through all the benchmark pages and went straight for this paragraph, or you have read through our entire review in detail, it does not matter -- I am going to throw out everything for a moment, and tell you how the OCZ Synapse 64GB feels. And honestly -- it feels amazing. It feels amazing, because it actually works. Being a hardcore computer enthusiast and all, I have long forgotten how it feels to use a computer with an HDD as a boot drive. My main desktop has an OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB. My laptop has an OCZ Agility 3 240GB. My secondary desktop has a Kingston HyperX 120GB. And so forth. When I configured my test platform to boot off the slow -- at least by today's standards -- Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB, you won't believe how many times I've yelled aimlessly at my computer monitor watching Windows 7 boot into my desktop. In Cantonese. "Hurry up, man!" And when you hear someone yell in Cantonese, you know it is serious business. Impressively, once I have the OCZ Synapse 64GB installed and the Dataplex software running, magic happens. At the third reboot, I simply could not believe my eyes. The SSD spirit returned to my PC like it is the real deal. The same goes with other programs after you open it a few times. Wow. I once was a skeptic, but now I am a believer. SSD performance with HDD capacity? Sure, maybe it is not as fast as a pure SSD in the benchmarks, but if you are a casual users with a limited amount of frequently accessed programs (That's probably 95% of everyone out there), the OCZ Synapse 64GB is everything you would expect it to be. If you need more, a 128GB version is also available, and most people don't have 64GB (After 50% over-provisioning) of frequently accessed data anyway. Limitations? It works with Windows 7 only, so everyone else is not invited to the party. At the end of the day, the OCZ Synapse 64GB delivers exactly as promised: A caching solution that actually works in real life. And for that, there is nothing we can do but to give it an award.
OCZ provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.
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Pair the OCZ Synapse 64GB with a big fat hard drive, and you will get SSD performance with true HDD capacity; all at an affordable price. Sounds too good to be true? Funny to say, sometimes you just got to believe your eyes and your ears.
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1. Introduction and Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Installation, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
4. Benchmark: ATTO Disk Benchmark
5. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach 188.8.131.52
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 7.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark Vantage