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OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 240 GB Review

ccokeman    -   November 30, 2011
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Conclusion:

There is no doubt about it – the RevoDrive 3 X2 is a fast drive that offers incredible performance across the board. As a PCIe based solution, it is not bound by the limits of the SATA bus. This allows its performance to drive even higher. Keep in mind that if you are using multiple video cards, they may reduce the number of available PCIe lanes for the drive. When you look at the performance of the RevoDrive 3 X2, it is clear that it excels in random workloads with larger file sizes and multiple threads. In the ATTO testing, the RevoDrive 3 X2 easily reaches its advertised read performance target of 1500 MB/s and comes quite close to the 1225 MB/s specification on the writes. Keep in mind that this was done with the RevoDrive 3 X2 as the primary boot drive – not a bare drive. However, the RevoDrive 3 X2 can be used as either a primary boot drive or additional storage drive – a unique characteristic. Either way, a driver installation is required. The earlier drivers were not WHQL certified, but at this time, they have been and are ready to go. Although TRIM is supported by the drive, it is not in use due to the problems with Microsoft's Starport architecture support – it supports neither TRIM nor the SCSI UNMAP, so at this point, VCA cannot issue the commands necessary for its function. However, OCZ Toolbox can be used to perform a secure erase on the drive. The catch is it cannot be done on the drive if it is the primary drive. That aside, the RevoDrive 3 X2 is undoubtedly designed for the power user and carries a cost indicative of the performance it delivers. At $699, the pricing for the 240 GB drive is on the high side for anyone but the power user. Even so, the price tag is only about $260 more than the SATA III Vertex 3 for double to triple the performance. The larger 480 GB ($1659) and 960 GB ($3199) devices scale in price, even though 25 nm MLC flash modules are used to contain costs. Also while SandForce 22XX-equipped drives have gotten a bad rap lately with random blue screens, I never had this specter show its ugly head throughout several OS installations and secure erase cycles. Extended testing did not show any issues either. The RevoDrive 3 X2 has a 1,000,000 hour MTBF, making the 3 year warranty seem less than adequate. That being said, the pace of technology drones steadily on most and will likely make this drive obsolete before the warranty period even ends. Obsolete or not, a longer warranty for the price point would have been nice. Any which way you cut it, the RevoDrive 3 X2 is fast and offers incredible performance when dealing with multiple workloads.

 

Pros:

  • High performance
  • Not bound by the SATA bus
  • Bootable drive
  • Usable capacity
  • VCA 2.0
  • 25 nm NAND
  • OCZ Toolbox

 

Cons:

  • Cost for non-power users


 

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  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Continued
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup
  5. Testing: HDTune 4.60
  6. Testing: HD Tach, SiSoft SANDRA
  7. Testing: Crystal Diskmark
  8. Testing: ATTO
  9. Testing: AS SSD
  10. Testing: IO Meter
  11. Testing: PCMark Vantage
  12. Testing: Startup and Shutdown
  13. Conclusion
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