OCZ RevoDrive X2 Review: Killer SSD Performance - HotHardware

OCZ RevoDrive X2 Review: Killer SSD Performance

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We really like PCMark Vantage's HDD Performance for its real-world application measurement approach to testing.  From simple Windows start-up performance to data streaming from a disk drive in a game engine and video editing with Windows Movie Maker, we feel more comfortable that these tests reasonably illustrate the performance profile of SSDs in an end-user/consumer PC usage model.

This series of Vantage tests will stress read performance in real-world usage models, with a broad mix of sequential and random read transactions of both small and large file sizes. 

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Here, the OCZ RevoDrive X2 dishes out the second fastest set of numbers in the bunch, second only, by relatively small margins, to the ioXtreme 80GB card.  The beauty of the RevoDrive X2 however, especially with tests like the Vista Startup test, is that you can actually boot off of it as a primary OS volume, which is something we still simply cannot say for Fusion-io's product, though they've promised this capability eventually (at this point, we'll believe that when we see it).  Regardless, the rest of the data speaks for itself.  The RevoDrive X2 is over twice as fast as a standard SandForce-based SATA SSD in many of these tests and 20 - 35% faster in these tests versus even the proprietary OCZ IBIS drive.

Incidentally, we setup the RevoDrive X2 with a clean Windows 7 Ultimate X64 install and set it to boot, just to have a little fun.  The RevoDrive X2 booted windows in 13.5 seconds; good times, good times.

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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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