OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 PCIe SSD Performance Preview

Performance Summary and Conclusion

Performance Summary:
The OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 took to our battery of synthetic and real-world benchmarks with surprising top-end performance in all but corner case test conditions (IOMeter workloads).  Even then, OCZ's new PCI Express-based SSD offered very competitive results considering its dramatically lower cost and consumer-targeted MLC NAND Flash.  The most impressive results we saw with the RevoDrive 3 X2 were in the ATTO and PCMark Vantage tests, where OCZ's new PCIe card handily outpaced even the super high-end Fusion-io ioDrive in all but a couple of tests.


Our early look at OCZ's RevoDrive 3 X2 PCI Express SSD is intended to give you a glimpse of the performance profile of the product, rather than a full-up evaluation.  At this point in time, we've only been able to test early release prototypes and as such we can't firmly give you a rating here to go with either way on a buying decision or otherwise.  However, what we have been able to ascertain from our time testing the product is that OCZ is definitely on track to deliver a very impressive PCI Express SSD solution in the RevoDrive 3 X2, in addition to laying the foundation for a powerful family of products based on their SuperScale storage accelerator and VCA 2.0 SSD controller virtualization technology.

OCZ's acquisition of Indilinx has apparently worked out well for them thus far.  Though they won't confirm their SuperScale processor is at least part of the fruit of their labor of integrating Indilinx's IP into their portfolio, it certainly appears that way.  And of course, the company's strong integration of SandForce controller technology is obviously a big part of their game plan moving forward as well.

Update 6/28/11 - 7:15PM - We have since learned through reports coming in from the readership that driver-level information (thanks to Anandtech for picking up on this) is pointing toward Marvell as the silicon source manufacturer of OCZ's SuperScale processor on the RevoDrive 3 X2.  It's apparent that OCZ has had a significant hand in firmware development with this device, which is where the Indilinx Software Engineering team may have come into play perhaps.  Though without firm confirmation from OCZ, this is all just speculation at this point in time.

We'll have to hold off for now at giving this prototype product from OCZ a formal HotHardware score.  However, in the weeks ahead, you can expect the RevoDrive 3 X2 to hit retail.  We're comfortably optimistic that OCZ will work out the current small power standby bug in the product and also deliver full 64-bit WHQL certified drivers soon.  When that happens, Workstation and Content Creation professionals, performance enthusiasts and speed freaks will have yet another hugely impressive PCI Express SSD option to choose from and at price points that are actually approachable.



  • Huge bandwidth available at 1.5G/s read and 1.2GB/s write
  • Fastest PCMark Vantage score we've seen to date
  • Bootable
  • Elegant design with native PCIe SuperScale processor
  • Reasonably priced for product in its class
  • Still a few driver and firmware bugs holding back performance and functionality in certain cases


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