OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 PCIe SSD Performance Preview - HotHardware

OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 PCIe SSD Performance Preview

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Our Test MethodologiesUnder each test condition, the SSDs tested here were installed as secondary volumes in our testbed, with a standard spinning hard disk for the OS and benchmark software installations.  The SSDs were left blank without partitions wherever possible, unless a test required them to be partitioned and formatted, as was the case with our ATTO, Vantage, and CrystalDiskMark benchmark tests, as well as one of the IOMeter runs. Windows firewall, automatic updates and screen savers were all disabled before testing. In all test runs, we rebooted the system and waited several minutes for drive activity to settle before invoking a test.

HotHardware Test System
Intel Core i7 and SSD Powered

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Video Card -

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Audio -

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Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7-970

Gigabyte GA-EX58 Extreme
(X58 Chipset)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285

6144MB Kingston DDR3-1333

Integrated on board

WD Caviar Black 1TB (OS Drive)
OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 480GB PCIe
LSI WarpDrive 300GB PCIe
OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB PCIe
OCZ RevoDrive 120GB PCIe
Fusion-io ioDrive 160GB
Fusion-io ioXtreme 80GB PCIe
OCZ Vertex LE 100GB Sandforce-base SATA SSD

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Chipset Drivers -
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Video Drivers

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX 11

NVIDIA GeForce 260.99

Benchmarks Used:
IOMeter 2008, 2010
ATTO v2.46
CrystalDiskMark v3.1
PCMark Vantage
SiSoftware Sandra 2011
HH Custom File Transfer Tests

SiSoft SANDRA 2011
Synthetic HDD Benchmarking

For our first set of tests, we used SiSoft SANDRA, the the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. Here, we used the Physical Disk test suite and provided the results from our comparison SSDs. The benchmarks were run without formatting and read and write performance metrics are detailed below.

SANDRA's purely sequential and rather short read/write tests show the RevoDrive 3 X2 is easily the fastest of the group, even faster than Fusion-io's very expensive ioDrive, which is an SLC-based card in the $7K range.  This test shows the RevoDrive 3 X2 is offering up a solid 1GB/sec read/write performance, which is slightly less than OCZ's maximum rating for the drive.  However, again, SANDRA's Physical Disk test isn't exactly a comprehensive view of performance, but rather a quick and dirty look at burst bandwidth.  Let's dig deeper.

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That thing is a beast!

It would take 3 Vertex 3s to match the speeds of this 1 drive. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me!

My question is... is there a way to RAID these things yet? lol

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That is some crazy fast performance on the RevoDrive 3. I'm fairly impressed but like was mentioned they need to work out the 64-bit performance issues; I will certainly consider getting my first SSD from OCZ, definitely one of the lesser priced options though.  Thanks for the review Dave.

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I know what I'm upgrading my desktop to now. Well, I'll make sure they have the 64-bit drivers fixed so I can boot fine.

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wow. that. is. fast. great review dave.

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Thanks all! Glad you enjoyed it.

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OCZ IMO is a leader in the SSD space.

The Hard Drive is the biggest bottleneck in today's machines.

I would love to have a simple SSD I could only imagine this bad boy!

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Freaking amazing... Agreed on the 64-bit issue though, that is going to make it a tough sell for servers since just about all of them now at 64-bit and even home machines are going that route.

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The 64-bit driver issue is temporary and I'm hearing revised final product will be shipping in the next week or two.

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Amazing. Can't wait for these technologies to drop price.

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"I honestly thought that we would have to wait at least Q2-Q3 2012 for a PCI Express SSD of this caliber to be priced so affordable (240GB) yet so fast, amazing . I see that it still has the power stand by bug, but OCZ will worked that out, which is why this article is still tagged as a Preview."

"Off course, the suggested retail price is $699, but knowing OCZ and Newegg, I expect $649 (240GB) when it debuts, and maybe $500 to $549 around the holidays."


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