OCZ Shows Off RevoDrive Hybrid SSD / HDD PCIe Card

OCZ's really firing on all cylinders this week at Computex. Aside from breaking records with their Z-Drive, they're also combining an SSD and HDD on a single PCIe card for one of the most awe-inspiring desktop storage solutions that we've seen in quite some while. The new RevoDrive Hybrid improves upon the older RevoDrive design by stuffing a pair of storage solutions onto a single card, giving users the best of both worlds: capacity and speed.

The 2.5" drive on the board is (reportedly) not crafted by OCZ, but that's hardly anything to gripe about. The fact that it's real and working is astounding in itself. The SSD portion can use multiple SandForce controllers arranged in a RAID 0 array to serve as a cache for the HDD. The company's still working out the details regarding what HDD will be situated on the final product, but both 5400RPM and 7200RPM models are being considered.

In order to handle the split, OCZ relies on Dataplex software from Nvelo, and the system can work with as much as 120GB SSD. The company is really showcasing this more as a prototype; there are tons of details that aren't yet available, and lots of questions that remain unanswered. But either way, we're excited about where this could take us; hopefully we won't have to choose between size and speed for much longer.
Via:  TechReport
Tags:  SSD, OCZ, HDD, drive
omegadraco 3 years ago

That thing certainly looks weird but I have to give it to OCZ for innovating. What do you guys think about all the PCIE storage solutions? Personally I would not want to take of a PCIE slot for all my storage solutions but certainly might consider it for a large cache.

OSunday 3 years ago

I think I'd still prefer to leave PCIE slots open for other things. I believe seagate and a couple other HD manufacturers allready have Hybrid Drives out that work perfectly fine through SATA connections even if they are 3.5' HD's

Drake_McNasty 3 years ago

I have a momentus XT which is the seagate 2.5" drive. I love it even though it only has 4gb of ssd storage, that 4gb makes a huge difference. I've been looking out for something like this only not in a pci format, I like to keep the drives separate for cooling purposes. I'd like to see how this compares to intels smart response technology. If you pair a 1tb wd black with a 60gig ssd it would be cheaper than this drive and you would have more storage. Engadget is claiming the 500gb hd/60gb ssd version is shipping in July for 350.

realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="Nethersprite"]PCIe for hard drives doesn't even have any real-world applications today[/quote]

[quote user="Nethersprite"]Just looking at the numbers, a single lane of PCIe 2.0 can support a bandwidth of 500 MB/s. On the other hand, SATA 3 (or SATA 6.0) can do that just as well.[/quote]

[quote user="Nethersprite"]PCIe; it supports multiple lanes,[/quote]

You just proved with the 3rd statement that the PCI-E bus can handle more Data width at a time than the SATA bus can. A PCI-E card doesn't have to be in a RAID configuration to use those 4 lanes if it's a PCI-E X4 card. What they deliver is real world super fast performance that comes at a high price. HotHardware's reviews of many of these PCI-E based hard drives have shown time and time again that they're smoking fast. (faster than all the SATA solutions are)

So, the real world usage is there if we could only afford them. This looks like the first PCI-E solution that is priced less. And that's progress.

[quote user="Drake_McNasty"]I have a momentus XT which is the seagate 2.5" drive.[/quote]

Me too. It works faster than most Laptop drives as far as booting up and transferring small files, but it's about the same as all the rest (7200RPM drives) with large file transfers.

Nethersprite 3 years ago

I personally think using PCIe for hard drives doesn't even have any real-world applications today. Just looking at the numbers, a single lane of PCIe 2.0 can support a bandwidth of 500 MB/s. On the other hand, SATA 3 (or SATA 6.0) can do that just as well. There are only two things going for using PCIe; it supports multiple lanes, so theoretically you can have a single SSD PCIe card with a bunch of separate drives in a RAID array. Also: when I see a PCIe hard drive, I instantly think "Thunderbolt." Just sayin'.

dadodgeson 3 years ago

i already run the revo and if i had the money i would have the revo 2 and I'll save for this one now !

they are on a quad sli board so there is plenty of room for it even with 3 way sli or in the quad sli that i run

it's worth the time to set up i run 2 smaller 2.5 10,000 rpm drives with it

once you have it set up you will not want to go back (I Tried )

the bad part is i did not like it to start with but have come to love it and now with the storage that's just the best news I've herd all week keep them coming OCZ.

nelsoncp21 3 years ago

Interesting to see someone still playing with the idea of the PCI-E bus for storage. I remember seeing some of the first generation products years ago before SSD hit the market. I still think it would be better served to improve on the SATA bus bandwidth rather then a PCI-E solution. After throwing a multiple graphics card configuration in your system there isn't much real estate left.

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