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OCZ RevoDrive X2 Review: Killer SSD Performance

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Performance Summary:
To be honest, we really didn't expect to see the RevoDrive X2 go toe to toe with the Fusion-io ioXtreme PCI Express-based SSD, but that's exactly what it did and it did so in a smash-mouth sort of fashion, especially when you consider the cost of Fusion-io's competing solution.  In many of our tests (ATTO, IOMeter, PCMark Vantage), the RevoDrive X2 punched out better throughput versus even OCZ's own semi-proprietary IBIS SSD product.  If there was a single test that we felt characterizes the RevoDrive X2's performance best, we'd say our PCMark Vantage scores are most indicative of the sort of desktop or workstation usage model performance you'll get from this new SSD product.  This is simply one of the fastest PCI Express based SSD solutions we've tested to date and its price/performance ratio literally shatters anything we've seen thus far as well. 

 

It's not often we're completely and thoroughly impressed with a product, as we are with OCZ's new RevoDrive X2.  And honestly, we didn't expect the product to do as well as it did in our battery of benchmark runs.  Couple the RD X2's performance profile along with its cost model at the 240GB capacity we tested and we came away with an opinion we don't often come away with in all of our product testing and evaluations over the years.  At this point in time, the RevoDrive X2 looks to be a complete, no compromise product offering.  You get absolute killer, best of market performance, a hardware RAID controller for low CPU overhead, and at the 240GB mark, a price point that is as-low or lower than any single SSD solution on the market today.  Though SSDs are still a pricey storage solution and not quite mainstream yet, we have to tip our collective hat to the folks at OCZ for delivering some of the fastest SSD performance money can buy, at a price point that is right in line with the competition. 

$620 or so is still a lot of coin for a 240GB storage subsystem but if you were thinking of going the way of the SSD and you have a spare X4-connected PCIe slot, dropping one of these bad boys into your rig and utilizing it as your boot OS and primary application install volume, will net you a performance kick and system responsiveness quite literally like no other major system upgrade can currently, at least if your running a fairly current midrange or higher-end system.


So where does this leave OCZ's IBIS drive in their line-up?  We'd offer that, unless you're looking to setup the IBIS drive in a multi-drive installation, or want the opportunity for expansion down the road, that actually the RevoDrive X2 makes a whole lot more sense for the average end user or single drive workstation solution.  Plug in the RevoDrive X2 as your boot drive, then drop in a large, cheap hard drive for bulk storage and you'll be sitting pretty with a storage hot rod under the hood.  The IBIS drive, though impressive in its own right, definitely lends itself to higher-end, multi-drive configurations where you would park two or more of them hanging off one of OCZ's multiport HSDL adapter cards.

About the only thing we'd ask for from OCZ is that, at some point, they setup the RevoDrive X2 and their original RevoDriv line, with the ability to purchase a single card initially and then plug on another SSD daughter card (as was the case with the configuration of the product we tested), so that users can upgrade to RevoDrive X2 performance and capacity down the road.  Apparently, the production version of the first gen RevoDrive we tested, doesn't come with the mezzanine card connector we had on our engineering sample.  It's a business model that makes sense to us.  Giving customers more choice for expansion down the road is always a good thing.

Regardless, we'll offer up a big, proverbial pat-on-the-back to OCZ for delivering the RevoDrive X2 240GB to market and have no reservations whatsoever giving it our Editor's Choice award for product innovation and excellence.

  

  

  • Best price/performance ratio for any SSD we've seen yet
  • Killer all around performance
  • Great sustained performance with Sandforce maintenance algos
  • Boots a clean Win 7 install in about 13 seconds
  • Best of class write performance
  • Claimed 2 million hrs MTBF
  • Somewhat complex design with more possible points of failure
  • No TRIM support

 

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It's too bad I could only vote 'thumbs-up' once for this thing.

What a truly awesome upgrade for a PC. I wish that I could afford it.

As I've mentioned before,....what a nice addition to a giveaway prize this would make!

What a prize it would make all by itself in one of your HH contests. (probably the only way I could ever actually own one of them)

Maybe we'll see a gradual fall in the prices of these things and I'll get one a week before I die, so then I could die happy! Stick out tongue

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When it will actually BOOT from more than SIX Motherboards on the market we can talk...  From OCZ site

 

 

Note: Before installing the RevoDrive it is important to check the settings/capabilities on your motherboard. If you plan on using the RevoDrive as a boot drive please check that your motherboard supports boot over PCI-E. Please check with your motherboard manufacturer for the latest platform information and BIOS updates. If you have any installation or compatibility questions about the RevoDrive, please visit our forums or call OCZ Customer Service for recommendations.

While the RevoDrive will simply plug and play for the vast majority of platforms for these particular motherboards OCZ recommends the following:
-Asus Crosshair IV – Please check with motherboard manufacturer for BIOS update to enable boot over PCIe.
-Biostar T-Power I45: RevoDrive is only detected in Slot 1 AND only if a PCIe GPU is used. 
-DFI DK-X58-T3EH6: Not detected in PCIe Slot 2 (x4 slot).
-EVGA X758 SLI – Please check with motherboard manufacturer for BIOS update to enable Boot over PCIe.
-Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7 Not detected in slots 1,3,4 (it is detected in 2,5,6)
-XFX 780i SLI – Bios must be upgraded to P09 (or later).

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Well, I can tell you I dropped it into a Gigabyte board on that list for my testing and it had zero problems, as did the RevoDrive first gen card. Not sure why they have that short list up there. I will ask... I think it's pretty misleading though. This is just a standard PCIe X4 card here, nothing fancy or tricky compatibility-wise.

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BZobisch:
When it will actually BOOT from more than SIX Motherboards on the market we can talk...

It only has to boot from the one that I'M USING, thank you. (If it doesn't,......then I'll deal with it) Big Smile

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Well, you guys are now featured on NewEgg...

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You like that Mental? Heh... let's see what sort of traffic it brings.

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Dave_HH:
let's see what sort of traffic it brings

Newegg HAS been known to get a hit or two during the day,................

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Of course I like it!  More power to HH.

"Newegg HAS been known to get a hit or two during the day,................"

He was meaning here.................

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mentaldisorder:
He was meaning here.................

Yeah, I knew that.

But if Newegg gets the hits on that page, it translates into HH getting some exposure,....................That's what I meant.

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BZobisch, We just got this in from OCZ on the topic of compatibility....

"We see how the wording could have been confusing, so we have updated the product page to make it more clear:

While the RevoDrive X2 will simply plug and play for the vast majority of platforms, the following issues may arise when installing on these particular motherboards

http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/solid-state-drives/pci-express/revodrive/ocz-revodrive-x2-pci-express-ssd-.html "

So, that was a short list of boards that it might have issues with actually, NOT a list of boards that it will work with. Good news for you I'm sure. :) Good catch though and I was happy to see OCZ respond so quickly.

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