OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI Express SSD Review

OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI Express SSD Review

Over the last few months, we have taken a look at a couple of OCZ-built products that leverage the company’s SuperScale Storage Accelerator with VCA (Virtualized Controller Architecture) 2.0. The first product to arrive was the RevoDrive 3 X2, which is a high-end, PCI Express SSD targeted at ultra-enthusiasts and workstation customers. Then came the extreme OCZ Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD, which caters to the enterprise.

The latest OCZ product to hit the lab, the RevoDrive Hybrid also shares these traits, but its flash memory is paired to a 1TB traditional hard drive. With the RevoDrive Hybrid, the device’s flash memory is meant to be used as cache for the most frequently accessed data on the hard drive, speeding up access times and transfer speeds dramatically, while the hard drive is there for bulk storage...

OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI Express SSD Review

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"I like that OCZ has a solution to meet the needs of all types of workloads and price. I also like the speeds, and the speeds improvements as time goes on and caches what's most vital. I don't have much to say, If it fits your needs and you can afford it, Go ahead , the article is pretty clear. I just have a couple of questions to satisfy my curiosity. 1. Does the use of the PCIE X4 cuts into the GPU bandwidth?, and two, in case of SSD failure, is it possible to detach and use the Hard Drive to boot normally, seems to have some sort of proprietary connection. And one more, is the HD Sata 2 or 3, just asking." *Answered*

"I also hope to see soon, what *Synapse* will bring to the table."

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Good review Marco. It's a nice drive and has decent storage capacity for the price. I also like that it's adaptive to your usage over time. Installing it as my boot drive would be OK with a TB of space to consider.

These drives seem to be morphing into new and better products at a fast clip. What was there just a year ago, and how much did it cost?

What is to seen in the coming year? Ha-Ha!

Reading these reviews you guys do is like riding a information train around. We never stop learning.

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Great Review Marco it's good to see OCZ pushing the envelope with this 1TB drive.

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Nice review. I would have to say that reading it, I was disappointed by the results (especially in gaming) but I was also surprised that it was able to beat out a Seagate Momentus XL Hybrid drive, considering the potential it once shows. $500 dollars is nice but with all of the SSD's appearing on the daily deals and with us already having 2GB hard drives to store our stuff on, I still think the hybrid solution is best (seeing as how it has higher marks in everything including gaming.)

Still, nice review. Nice that you push these limits and give out all the details, just... nice!

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how come you guys will not use faster ssd's, like the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 60gb with SRT? I run the Mushkin with a slow rpm 500gb hard drive and i get this:-----------------------------------------------------------------------

CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 x64 (C) 2007-2010 hiyohiyo

Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/

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* MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s]

Sequential Read : 374.525 MB/s

Sequential Write : 114.383 MB/s

Random Read 512KB : 351.614 MB/s

Random Write 512KB : 114.315 MB/s

Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 17.912 MB/s [ 4373.0 IOPS]

Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 53.859 MB/s [ 13149.2 IOPS]

Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 81.831 MB/s [ 19978.2 IOPS]

Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 105.460 MB/s [ 25747.0 IOPS]

Test : 4000 MB [C: 75.0% (349.4/465.7 GB)] (x5)

Date : 2011/11/01 12:17:04

OS : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)

on my first run!

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i saw a review on another site (to remain unnamed) and they came up with a very different out come but as i was reading there version i kept thinking these people don't know what there doing for one they could not get it to install and then the software gave them trouble again and again .

the performancee was way down with pretty much the same comparisons as Marco used so i knew i had to come over to HH and find out the truth because i run the revo and its much better then what they say the revo hybrid is.

thanks again for a great review Marco

i want one but already have the revo & ocz solid 3 and they work just fine for me

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