OCZ Technology Enyo 128GB Portable USB 3.0 SSD ReviewTue, Sep 07, 2010 - 12:00 AM
Free Capacity and Final Thoughts
When it comes to storage capacity, the OCZ Enyo 128GB SSD has a free capacity of 119GB as shown above. The drive has 128GB of MLC NAND Flash memory on the PCB, so roughly 7% of the drive’s NAND Flash is reserved for wear-leveling technology. This is typical for SSDs with Indilinx controllers and firmware, so nothing out of the ordinary here.
Final Thoughts and Conclusions
The OCZ Enyo 128GB USB 3.0 portable SSD is certainly unlike any portable USB 3.0 drive that we have ever used before. The drive is insanely fast, incredibly lightweight and has a great minimalistic appearance to it. If you have a PC that has USB 3.0 or are about to upgrade, you need a device like the OCZ Enyo to take advantage of the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 header on your PC. With the OCZ Enyo 128GB SSD you get fast, portable and robust USB 3.0 derived SSD that can easily fit in the front pocket of your jeans as it is no thicker than current mobile phones.
The performance of the OCZ Enyo 128GB SSD was great and to be honest in some of the benchmarks we were able to exceed the factory peak ratings of 260MB/s read and 200MB/s write. In CrystalDiskMark 3.0, for example, we saw 264.5 MB/s in the sequential read test and 221.3 MB/s in the 512K test. In ATTO v2.46 we also witnessed 273MB/s read and 216MB/s write speeds. These are very impressive numbers and blow away other USB 3.0 devices like the Super Talent USB 3.0 RAIDDrive that we tested earlier this year in not only performance, but also price.
When it comes to pricing the OCZ Enyo series is available in 64GB (OCZSSDU3-1ENY64G), 128GB (OCZSSDU3-1ENY128G) and 256GB (OCZSSDU3-1ENY256G) drive capacities with the 64GB model having a cost of $179, the 128GB at $285 and the 256GB model being sold for $685. All capacities of the OCZ Enyo come backed with a 3-year warranty in the event that something goes wrong and it needs to be replaced. Not a bad price in all honesty, but then again there really aren’t too many competing products on the market for the Enyo to be priced against right now. When the OCZ Enyo 128GB USB 3.0 portable SSD hit the retail shelves in June 2010 it cost over $400, but now just over three months later the OCZ Enyo 128GB drive can be purchased for $285 after rebate. With more and more motherboards coming to market with USB 3.0 support and falling MLC NAND Flash and SSD controller prices we can only see devices like the OCZ Enyo become less expensive and faster. Do we need all this speed on a portable USB 3.0 drive? That answer ultimately must be answered by you when you open your wallet, but if you want a USB 3.0 portable SSD that has overwhelming speeds and a slim form factor the OCZ is the best device on the market right now.
Legit Bottom Line: If you want a fast and portable USB 3.0 Sold State Drive then the OCZ Enyo should be your only choice.