OCZ RevoDrive X2 Review: Killer SSD Performance

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What's this, yet another SSD product tap-dancing its way through the HotHardware lab?  It's hard to believe that a product category has so much R&D being poured into it, spurring new releases at such a fevered pitch. The investment in the relatively fledgling storage technology makes perfect sense to us, but the average mainstream consumer probably raises their head to notice only the bigger, more prominent buzz-worthy products hitting the market as of late. There is almost too much in the product category to absorb actually. That being the case, we'd offer folks should tune their storage radar sharply on the product we have on the test bench today. The OCZ RevoDrive X2 is the second coming of OCZ's first gen RevoDrive.  This time around the product appears to have bragging rights in terms of performance levels, but at a price point decidedly more aligned with traditional SATA-based SSD solutions, versus other PCI Express SSD cards on the market.

When we looked at the first gen RevoDrive back in August, the thin slab of Flash NAND memory and dual SandForce SSD controllers impressed us and served up performance well ahead of traditional SATA SSDs with a price premium in the 30% range (about $3.07 per GB) versus SATA SSDs.  With the RevoDrive X2 OCZ is double-stacking their product now with four total SandForce 1200 series SSD controllers and double the number of NAND Flash for, you guessed it, up to twice the performance and capacity.  The good news is pricing is actually still going the way of the consumer too...



OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB  4X SandForce 1200
Specifications & Features
Max Read: up to 740MB/s
Max Write: up to 720MB/s
Sustained Write: up to 600MB/s
Random Write 4KB (Aligned): 120,000 IOPS
Seek Time: 0.1ms
Interface:  PCIe x4
Power Consumption:  Idle 3W, Active 8W
Operating Temp: 0°C ~ 70°C
Storage Temp: -45°C ~ +85°C
Shock Resistant up to 1500G
RAID Support via Silicon Image 3124
Included 3.5" Desktop adapter bracket
Available in 100GB - 960GB (1TB) Capacities
Compatible with XP, Vista, 7, and Linux (32 and 64-bit)
MTBF: 2 million hours
3-Year Warranty

OCZ's RevoDrive X2 will be available at the following capacities and price points:
RevoDrive X2 100G @ $419.99
ReveDrive X2 160G @ $519.99
RevoDrive X2 240G @ $619.99
RevoDrive X2 360G @ $1099.99
RevoDrive X2 480G @ $1379.99
RevoDrive X2 720G @ $2399.99
RevoDrive X2 960G @ $3139.99


We'll be looking at the 240GB variant of the RevoDrive X2 on the forthcoming pages here, which weighs in at the $2.58 per GB mark with its $619 MSRP.  At that price, the RevoDrive X2 is actually at parity with competitive standard 256GB SATA SSDs on the market.  In the 160GB weight class, the RevoDrive X2 requests roughly a $100 premium over the average SandForce or Intel-based SATA SSD on the market.  However, as you'll see on the pages ahead, the RevoDrive X2 by OCZ is anything but average. Those max read and write of up to 740 and 720MB/sec above probably tipped you off though, so let's get down to what makes the RevoDrive X2 tick and then we'll, well, make it tick real good.

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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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