OCZ RevoDrive 50GB PCI Express SSD Reviewajmatson -
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Storage devices have come quite far in the last few years. We have seen terabyte drives which expand our storage capabilities beyond imagination, solid state drives that break the speed barrier faster than a jet engine and new device interfaces that make transferring data quicker than toasting a piece of bread. With all that being said, nothing has really given us the head spinning wow factor, until now that is. When you think of a hard drive, you picture a square 2.5 or 3.5 inch box to which you hook up your power and data cables which need to be routed and kept neat. Then, you have to find space in your drive bay which might be full or not the right size. Well, how about a drive that doesn't use any of those elements yet is simple to install and get running?
Today I present to you the "drive of drives", the OCZ RevoDrive 50GB PCIe Solid State Drive. This drive throws out what we picture as a hard drive and turns it into essentially an expansion card. The RevoDrive is a fully bootable solid state drive that uses a PCI Express x4 slot for power and to transfer data. This eliminates the bottlenecks caused by some SATA controllers and drives, allowing for much higher read and write speeds. The RevoDrive comes in several capacities ranging from 50GB for the budget conscious user all the way up to 480GB for the extreme speed and storage junkie. OCZ is no stranger to the PCIe solid state drives arena but the RevoDrive marks the first time a PCIe drive has had the ability to have the OS installed and be bootable. The RevoDrive really revolutionizes the way that digital storage may be contained in a system in the future. If you are as excited about this review as I am, how about we dive right in and take a look at the drive in all of its glory?
The OCZ RevoDrive comes packaged in a sleek box with the “R” logo on the front as well as notes on a couple of the key features. On the rear of the box is a description of the RevoDrive with a picture and the specs dependant on the model that you have chosen. This particular drive is a 50GB version. However, it does go up to 480GB in size. Inside the packaging is another thicker box that slides out to reveal the items. The RevoDrive is very well packaged and secure so that there is little chance of any damage being done to it when being moved around the country, city, etc. while en route to you. The drive itself is wrapped in an anti-static bag with a warning to be careful when handling the drive due to static electricity (aka ESD).
Included with the drive is the instruction guide and a sticker that says “My SSD is faster than your HDD.” There is no driver CD included but the drivers for installing the drive are available from the OCZ website. The RevoDrive will work with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. I also tested installing Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop Edition and had no issues or trouble getting it installed and booted from the RevoDrive.
Now that we have the drive out of the package, let's get a bit closer and look at what makes it so special.