OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB PCIe SSD Review

Editor: David Mitchelson  Date: 14-03-11   5 Comment(s) - Join the discussion here
Introduction

Product on Review: RevoDrive X2 PCI-Express SSD
Manufacturer & Sponsor: OCZ Technology
Street Price: £463.18 inc. VAT (At time of review)


Our recent trip to CeBIT revealed OCZ Technology's endeavours as they remain market leader for SSD storage solutions. They were keen to show off their revolutionary PCIe SSDs at the show, amongst the bunch, the RevoDrive X2 - which is poised to steal the spotlight from the conventional SATA SSD. The RevoDrive utilises the PCIe bus allowing it to access greater bandwidth over the SATA port (even SATA-III).

In terms of performance, the end user is able to take advantage of a claimed read and write throughput of 690MB/s for the 100GB - 160GB models. Whilst 740MB/s and 720MB/s for the 240GB - 960GB models which is jaw-dropping to even think about. SATA-II SSDs will give you around 200MB/s whilst SATA-III 500MB/s so the RevoDrive X2 is a drive in its own league if what on paper is anything to go by. Speaking of which, lets waste no further time and delve into the world of OCZ's PCIe SSDs by way of RevoDrive X2.



OCZ's take on RevoDrive X2:
The RevoDrive family gets its edge by eliminating the SATA II (3Gbps) bottleneck and leveraging a PCIe x4 interface, delivering superior speeds over 740MB/s sequential speeds and random small file writes up to 120,000 IOPS, nearly triple the throughput of other high-end SATA based solutions. The RevoDrive X2 uses an onboard RAID 0 design by employing four SandForce-1200 controllers to maximize data access and bandwidth. Unlike competing PCIe solutions the RevoDrive X2 is bootable, ensuring the satisfaction of quicker start-ups, load times, and computing, all while promoting cooler, quieter, and more energy efficient conditions compared to traditional mechanical hard drives.


Technical Specifications
* Available in 100GB to 960GB (1TB) capacities
* PCI-Express interface (x4)
* For use as primary boot drive or data storage
* 4 x SATA
* Internal RAID 0
* 181.07 (L) x 21.59 (W) x 125.08mm (H)
* Shock Resistance: 1500g
* Seek Time: 0.1 ms
* Operating Temp: 0°C ~ +70°C
* Storage Temp: -45°C ~ +85°C
* Power Consumption: 4.3W Idle, 8.3W active
* MTBF: 2,000,000 hours
* 3-Year Warranty
* Compatible with Windows XP 32/64, Vista 32/64, Windows 7 32/64

100GB-160GB Max Performance

* Read: Up to 740 MB/s
* Write: Up to 690 MB/s
* Sustained Write: Up to 550 MB/s
* Random Write 4KB (Aligned): 100,000 IOPS

240GB-960GB Max Performance

* Read: Up to 740 MB/s
* Write: Up to 720 MB/s
* Sustained Write: Up to 600 MB/s
* Random Write 4KB (Aligned): 120,000 IOPS

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