OCZ RevoDrive Review: SSD RAID + PCI-Express

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Test System, HDTune

Our Test MethodologiesUnder each test condition, the Solid State Drives tested here were installed as secondary volumes in our testbed, with a standard spinning hard disk for the OS and benchmark 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. And all drives were secure erased prior to the start of any testing. 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 Powered

Processor -

Motherboard -


Video Card -

Memory -


Audio -

Hard Drives -

 

Hardware Used:
Intel Core i5-750


Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3R
(P55 Chipset)


ATI Radeon 5970

6144MB Corsair DDR3-1066


Integrated on board

WD Caviar Black 1TB (OS Drive)
Crucial C300 120GB
 GSkill Phoenix Pro 60GB
Corsair Force 100GB

OS -
Chipset Drivers -
DirectX -

Video Drivers
-


Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate
Intel 9.1.1.1025
DirectX 11

Catalyst 10.5

Benchmarks Used:
HD Tach v3.0.1.0
ATTO v2.46
CrystalDiskMark v3
PCMark Vantage
SiSoftware Sandra 2010 SP1

HD Tune 4.5
http://www.simplisoftware.com/

Given the age and limitations of HDTach, we've elected to adopt HDTune in its stead. HDTune is capable of performing a wide variety of performance tests—far more than HDTach—and can also be used to measure file system performance.



HD Tune's results still show the Revo way ahead of its competition, but the numbers look more like CrystalMark and less like SiSoft Sandra. Again, the gap between write performance is much smaller than read performance, though we should note that the majority of desktop scenarios mostly involve reads anyway. We should also note that modest, in this case, means a performance delta of 20-25 percent as compared to a 50-70 percent gain.

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