With the release of the RevoDrive X2 once again comes a product that fits that OCZ profile oh so well. It's sexy and reaaaaaaahly fast. Where we had some reservations with the first revision RevoDrive, this X2 model makes up for everything. The sheer performance you'll be seeing is anything short from amazing.
The parallels towards the IBIS are real close in terms of performance, one wins here the other there but not having a separate SSD unit on the loose inside the system does make more sense as less wires is less latency. The entire SSD is now in fact that cute yet costly PCIe card.
So we established that the RevoDrive X2 SSD cards are simply screaming out raw unadulterated performance. And thanks to the SandForce controllers your random write performance is scary fast as well. And when it powers on, the lights kick in making it even more mysterious. See the video above.
Now I can rant on and on about performance, but you have seen our tests, and well... let them just speak for themselves.
Any downsides ? Yup... it all sounds similar to that IBIS test I know, but here as well the SIL RAID controller does not support TRIM functionality, so over time SSD performance will degrade somewhat. However with the controllers all being SandForce based (horrendously fast Random IO) that will be compensated, let alone we doubt you'll ever notice it.
Another negative, and we can't deny it, the OCZ RevoDrive X2 will cost you an arm and a leg, really it is expensive at the level that 99% of you guys can't afford, this is the current pricing on the majority of the X2 models available:
100 GB will cost you 375 EUR
160 GB will cost you 465 EUR
240 GB will cost you 550 EUR
360 GB will cost you 925 EUR
960 GB will cost you 2900 EUR
And of course we all want that 960 GB version ;) But yeah, this is pure unadulterated performance thrown right at ya. Ehm, lets see oh yes, the controller functions as BOOT controller as well. So you'll have no issues utilizing the product as boot drive for your operating system.
Anyway let's round up, the RevoDrive X2 anno 2010 is sheer storage perfection. The utter innovation and component selection make this product very expensive though. Regardless of that, the originality and ongoing strive for better storage solutions is a long crusade that OCZ seems to win. The RevoDrive X2 is easily one of the most innovative products of 2010 as far as we are concerned.
More info and pricing on this product can be found here. Expensive sure, sexy, sure, godly sure ! We have massive respect for this product alright.
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