OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 12/19/2010 02:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
A couple of weeks ago when we reviewed OCZ's IBIS SSD, we were very much impressed to observe where technology is heading and most of all, how seriously fast SSD technology is becoming. When we tested the IBIS, we obviously also realized that anything with a cable in-between will create at the very least a little bit of latency. So, while the concept is astounding and the performance flabbergasting ... it can be done better.
Pretty much in the same timeframe, OCZ also released the 2nd revision of their RevoDrive, the X2. Just about based on the very same components as that IBIS, except there is one big difference; the SSD, or NAND flash partition of memory, are all placed onto two PCBs with everything tied in closely together popping into a x4 PCI Express slot.
As such today we will test the all new OCZ Revodrive X2, a concept that is close to that IBIS product, but also is not. Will this RAID based SSD solution be faster, slower, or equal in performance relative to that IBIS ?
Fact remains, today we'll pass 700 MB/sec of storage performance from something slapped onto a PCIe 4x slots and that is just frightening to test, that fast ...
As always, have a peek .. and head on over to the next page please.
We review the RevoDrive Hybrid. The idea behind the device hints very much towards Intel's Rapid Storage technology where a HDD is being cached by a Nand flash storage unit. Being OCZ they are making it an enthusiast class performance product. The product we test today for example comes with a 1TB HDD, and a really large 100GB cache partition running over SF2281 controllers. OCZ then applies a mix of their VCA 2.0 technology
OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 review
We'll be testing an engineering sample of that RevoDrive 3 X2 today. Let me just throw some numbers at you to get that tickly in your belly ; 1500 MB/s maximum read performance, or what about 1250 MB/s maximum write performance ? No that still didn't do it for you ... well what about 200.000 IOPS (4K writes) ? Yeah that is where we have arrived in the year 2011. It's insanely fast, it will be insanely expensive but it is most definitely insanely sexy.
OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB review
We test the OCZ Revodrive X2, a concept that is close to that IBIS product, but also is not. Will this RAID based SSD solution be faster, slower or equal in performance relative to that IBIS ? Fact remains, today we'll pass 700 MB/sec of storage performance from something slapped onto a PCIe 4x slots and that is just frightening to test, that fast.
OCZ RevoDrive 120GB review
We test and review the OCZ RevoDrive. Pretty much two SSDs slapped onto a PCB, armed with a RAID controller. Pop it in, install the new storage unit and you'll have tremendous performance right of the shelves without the need to configure anything. What OCZ did was done right. They smacked 120GB or alternatively 240 GB of the fastest NAND Flash memory on the PCB, armed that Flash memory with two separate 8-channel SandForce SSD ICs, then bind them to a SIS RAID controller, pop on a PCie x4 bridge and then offer a "PCIe SSD" (if you can call it that) reaching 300,k 400 even 500 MB/sec read and write speeds.