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The OCZ Synapse Series is optimized for caching applications to dynamically manage the Synapse SSD in conjunction with standard hard disk drives (HDDs), to provide users with SSD-level performance across the entire capacity of the HDD. The OCZ Synapse Series leverages the latest and most advanced hardware and software technology to deliver superior storage performance without sacrificing HDD capacity. For users craving the performance advantages of SSDs combined with the high capacities associated with HDDs, OCZ offers the first no-compromise approach to enabling high-performance and high-capacity storage for virtually any PC platform.

The OCZ Synapse Series integrates Dataplex caching software to dynamically manage the use of both SSD and HDD for superior overall storage performance. This combination creates an environment where the most frequently used "hot" data stays on the ultra-fast SSD, while the "cold" data remains on the larger capacity HDD (sold separately). Advanced caching algorithms learn user behavior and adapt storage policies to ensure optimal performance for each individual user, maximizing productivity for the most demanded programs and applications.

Synapse Series integrates seamlessly within any modern PC platform, ensuring optimal compatibility along with performance gains. (Synapse Cache FAQs:

  • newegg High Performance SSD Architecture The OCZ Synapse Series, an easy-to-deploy 2.5" solution for multiple drive bays, maximizes performance and unleash the full potential of today’s leading platforms with its SATA 6 Gb/s interface and SandForce 2281 SSD processor.
  • newegg Integrated Dataplex Caching Software The Integrated Dataplex Caching Software Intelligently manages HDD and SSD simultaneously. “Hot” data is transferred to Synapse SSD for highest performance, access, and bandwidth and “Cold” data is routed to HDD for highest capacity usage. No data migration or OS installation required.
  • newegg TRIM Support The OCZ Synapse Series offers native TRIM support featured in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Designed to maintain the performance of SSD at an optimal level over the lifetime of the drive, TRIM functions by actively deleting invalid data from the SSD’s memory cells to ensure that write operations perform at full speed. Since a memory block must be erased before it can be re-programmed, TRIM improves performance by pro-actively erasing pages containing invalid data, allowing the SSD to write new data without first having to perform a time-consuming erase command.

Learn more about the OCZ Storage Solutions SYN-25SAT3-64G

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  • 12/6/2015 4:12:06 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot Reboot Friendly

Pros: Programs start up really quickly in Windows.

Cons: Much slower boot-up times. Sometimes, it takes a few tries after a power outage.

Other Thoughts: This thing is not worth the hassle. SSDs have considerably come down in price a lot. Caching your mechanical hard drive does sound like a good idea, but it just doesn't work like it should. You're better off getting an actual SSD and install your operating system and software on that and use your mechanical hard drive for large storage. I'm actually thinking about dumping the DataPlex software and just using the cache drive as a regular SSD for video editing.

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1 out of 5 eggsbuyer beware

Pros: software not compatible with windows 8
if you buy this drive you will just be buying a 29gb ssd with a 64gb sticker on it

Cons: no windows 8 support so you essentially buy a 29gb ssd at a 64gb price

if you have windows 8 avoid at all costs i will not be purchasing anything from ocz

Other Thoughts: junk

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Consumer,

What you have observed is correct. The Synapse Cache officially supports Windows 7 32 and 64-bit only. The Newegg product page does prominently display OS compatibly being Windows 7 as does the product page and product sheet at Nvelo (who produced the Dataplex software) does offer some tips and advice for unofficial usage of Dataplex with Windows 8.

The Synapse Cache 64GB has an IDEMA cache capacity of 32GB. The remaining capacity is held in reserve to facilitate performance and software features - the entire capacity is "visible" and utilized by the controller inside the SSD. When properly installed using Dataplex the entire capacity becomes hidden while it functions as a cache to your traditional HDD.

Newegg is displaying the product features correctly. If your place of purchase had an error on a product page I would be happy to investigate and help facilitate any correction necessary. You may contact me using the email address below.

Kind Regards,

OCZ Storage Solutions

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  • Colin N.
  • 6/8/2013 2:23:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUnreliable

Pros: When it works it improves boot-up considerably. Games and other applications load very quickly. Uninstall works well and you can get back to a good state again quickly.

Cons: Not compatible with drives larger than 2gb (works but will not cache anything beyond the first 2gb) Hangs all the time.

Other Thoughts: The drive and software just do not live up to expectations. Thank fully the uninstall works.

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  • Ronald C.
  • 12/3/2012 10:00:56 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGet something else

Pros: When everything works together it does what is advertised.

Cons: The software leaves a lot to be desired. I had and work to keep a stable computer so I was surprised with how many times the software would have a problem. Always required two reboots to re enable the software. First you have to disable the software and reboot. Then re able the software and do another reboot. Now back to normal except the catch is now empty and the next time you start one of your programs you are at the main HHD speed.
But one day I logged of windows and the next time I turned on my PC everything was locked up. I couldn't do anything. My computer was locked up big time. Took me about 1.5 days to finally get a back image installed and get back into windows. Checked the drive and I could write and read from it so I thought it was ok. Then tried to re install the software. after about ten tries I was finally able to get the sw re installed and figured everything now of ok, Wrong! When I rebooted the pc It locked up again. This time for awhile I couldn't even get into the BIOS. Finally after another day of working to get my PC running again I was able to get into my Windows 7 os. Turns out that the problem was a combination of the ssd drive going bad which would cause the system to crash but the Dataplex sw would not release itself resulting in the computer being locked.

Other Thoughts: OCZ was very helpful in replacing the Synaple ssd but I will never use it with the Dataplex sw on one of PCs again. The drive is so small, only 30 G of useable that I couldn't use it for anything. I was going to just throw it away. I did end up being able to use the drive on a new build I did for my wife as a boot drive.
Bottom line just get a regular ssd drive and don't try to make this drive/sw do what you hope it will.

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  • Jeremy D.
  • 11/25/2012 9:27:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCould be great....

Pros: I got it on sale. It is a small SSD.

Cons: It arrived on a Friday and I slapped it right in. Formatted great.

I was unable to use the Dataplex software because the key was misprinted on the label. Got that sorted. Support was helpful.

Once I was able to install Dataplex my Windows drive did not show up. Got that sorted out on the forums. Helpful folks.

Finally I got up and running about a week after it arrived.
Now 9 out of 10 programs didn't work. They would instantly throw an error message. I uninstalled dataplex and everything worked as before.

In the end I used this drive to install a operating system on and use it as a SSD. It is only a 32GB drive for this purpose. If it were returnable I would have done so in the first week.

Other Thoughts: In hindsight I should have purchased a larger SSD for around the same price. The caching just didn't work for me. This will be the last time I purchase a non-refundable item.

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  • Carl G.
  • 11/18/2012 12:14:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat, but...

Pros: Definitely sped up my system, even though I have a RAID setup with striping and only have SATA II (3.0GB/s) connections on my mobo. I plan to hang onto this to see what it can do when I upgrade my mobo. No issues when running it on Win7 Home Premium x86.

Cons: Upgraded my system to Win 8 Pro when it was released, and have had problems running it ever since. The software (Dataplex) does not support Win 8 yet, although they are promising that it will soon. I can get it to run occasionally when I install the software in Win7 compatibility mode, but the drive keeps disappearing in BIOS (after reboot) after I get software errors, and then I have to disable the Dataplex software and uninstall/re-install before it will work again.

Other Thoughts: Possible sources of issue: software not designed for Win8 (duh!), need to do a clean install of Win8 to correct any issues that were caused by the upgrade, or unreliable SATA connections on my mobo. I am withholding further judgement (and use!) until Dataplex releases a Win8 compatible version of their software.

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  • Azim S.
  • 11/15/2012 12:16:22 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggswaste of the 'other' 32gb

Pros: Good speed.

Cons: The 50% cache just doesnt make sense to me or for what I was trying to do with it.

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  • Ronald S.
  • 11/5/2012 5:54:03 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: This ssd cache was very easy to install and very obvious system speeds were seen after third reboot. It's a nice idea to not have to buy a new hdd or ssd and image your system, save money and get get significant speed increases for minimum cost.

Cons: I very much want to avoid the known hassles of system crashes, so I will be buying a pure sine wave ups. Some extra cost for security, but overall I think it's worth it. I didn't even realize that my old ups wasn't compatible with my new active power supply so researching this ssd Cache had an unrelated positive result, and I can use my old usp for my modem and router, so I am happy.

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  • Geoffrey F.
  • 10/23/2012 10:54:27 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot so much.

Pros: It's an SSD, and it actually works.

Cons: Not happy. Shipped USPS in an envelope. No kidding, an envelope - it's a new SSD drive. Blew me away right off the bat. Next, CFDisk identifies right away that there's 32GB of unusable space on this drive. In a defective partition. Right. That's why I bought a 64-gig SSD, to actually use 32 gigs.

Other Thoughts: Buy two, so when you throw the first one away you still have one left to use. Or pair 'em up to get twice the thrill.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello, this drive is a caching drive. It uses 1/2 of the capacity to store commonly used to data to speed up the booting process and some applications. The Dataplex software that is recommended for download utilizes the other 32gb partition. Please download and install the software to set up your drive. Please also visit our support forums if you have any questions. We are here to help. Thank you

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  • David M.
  • 10/9/2012 1:21:01 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNo dual-boot, and other stupid limitations

Pros: Relatively easy to install -- there's a nice wizard to take you through everything in Windows.

Performance increase is dramatic. I'm going to miss that.

Uninstallation is similarly quick and easy. After this, you just have your old, slow hard drive back the way it was.

Cons: Pretty much everything else about the software.

Requires a product key, which is silly and obnoxious. I have a physical piece of hardware that this came with! Checking the manual confirms that if I upgrade my hardware too much at once, it may invalidate my license.

There is a manual and a text document called "LIMITATIONS.txt", neither of which I could find until I actually had the product and had downloaded the software. Here is (abbreviated) the main limitations form LIMITATIONS.txt:

1. MBR only, GPT isn't supported.
2. If caching the boot drive, you need a Windows System Partition (the weird little 100 meg partition) on the same drive.
3. Multiple OSes are not supported.
4. Only one cache drive is supported in a system.
5. There cannot be two identical SSDs in the system, one of which is to be used as cache.
6. There is no support for RAID sets as the cache drive.
7. If after uninstallation of Dataplex, the system is restored to a prior state in which Dataplex was installed, Dataplex will be started in a disabled state.
8. NVIDIA storage controllers are not supported.

Some of these are understandable -- 7 is a feature, not a bug. 1 and 2 are weird, but workable. 8 makes me nervous, but fortunately doesn't affect me.

But if I had known about 3, 4, or 5, I would not have purchased this product. After installation, I was unable to boot the Linux partition on the same drive. Examining the drive with a recovery disk showed that my entire 1 terabyte disk now had a single 1 gigabyte partition on it, and nothing else.

So they don't mean tech support will ignore you if you use Linux. They mean installing this will make all other OSes on the drive unbootable! The manual makes this even clearer:

"What happens if I boot from an external USB drive?

"When you boot from an external USB drive, you will not be able to access the Target and Cache Drives unless Dataplex has been uninstalled. These drives are intentionally obfuscated in order to protect the integrity of the data on these drives."

Intentionally obfuscated. Thanks for that.

Fortunately, uninstalling Dataplex restores the drive to its prior state.

Other Thoughts: It seems sketchy, if not outright dishonest, to sell a product with limitations this severe without publishing them anywhere other than in documentation shipped with the product. Again, had I known this would make my drive invisible to other OSes and recovery software, I would not have purchased this product.

It's also worth mentioning that similar caching software exists for Linux which doesn't have these limitations. I am not sure if this counts as a "competing brand", I'm only pointing out that there is no technical reason DataPlex should be so limited.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello, we are sorry for any confusion concerning the use of this product. Dataplex software has become the standard for caching drives, as evidenced by the fact that our closest competitors in the SSD filed have adopted this software for their offerings as well. While the software is award winning for it's performance and useability, any limitations are due to the Dataplex software itself and they way that it controls the caching process. If we can be of any assistance, please visit the link below and create a support ticket to contact our support staff. It is our goal to insure that every customer is satisfied with their OCZ product. We care about our customers and are here to help. Thank you

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