OCZ RevoDrive Review: SSD RAID + PCI-Express

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PCMark Vantage (Cont)

With the exception of the Application Loading benchmark, the next series of Vantage tests will stress write performance. Applications like video editing, streaming and recording are not what we would call a strong suit for the average SSD, due to their high mix of random write transactions.

Futuremark's PCMark Vantage

We should also note that it's not so much a weakness of the memory itself, but rather the interface and control algorithms that deal with inherent erase block latency of MLC NAND flash.  SSD manufacturers are getting better at this, but comparative results can vary widely.

We've organized this graph according to test rather than by drive. It should be easier to make comparisons between drives in any given test, as well as to eyeball overall performance. Let us know what you think and if you prefer this method.

The C300 is a perfect example of how rapidly SSD technology is evolving. While it keeps pace reasonably well with the SandForce drives, it still falls into last place overall. On the other hand, it still turns in numbers that would turn a hard drive's motor into melted slag.

The Phoenix Pro rather handily beats the F100; losing to it by a comparative inch in just one test. As for the Revo, it wins every test--but once again, we see evidence that the drive's write performance fluctuates. In Media Center and Movie Maker it's just 10 percent and 12 percent faster than the single-controller GSkill.  Application Loading and Media Player tests show better numbers--here the RevoDrive is 42 percent and 31 percent above its competition.

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