OCZ RevoDrive 50GB PCI Express SSD Reviewajmatson - October 31, 2010
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Like other controller or RAID cards, when you boot your system you are presented with the card's BIOS output. When the RevoDrive starts, it will display the BIOS output shown below. The information displayed shows you the BIOS version for the firmware on the drive for the SiL 3124 RAID controller. It also lists the individual drives that are present on the card. This being the two 23GB devices as well as the RAID set and the drives assigned to it. Which, in this configuration, displays the RAID-0 set we have configured with the two RevoDrives assigned. To enter the configuration utility, just press F4 or Ctrl+S at the BIOS prompt and you will be able to configure the settings for the controller.
When you enter the RAID Configuration Utility, you are presented with a series of options. You can create a RAID set, Delete a current RAID set, Rebuild a RAID1 set (which is really pointless since the drives are soldered to the PC Board), Resolve Conflicts, perform a Low Level Format or view the Logical Drive Information. In the Low Level Format section you can format the first part of the drive, perform a secure format for each drive or perform a quick format to erase any old information before making a new RAID array. In the Logical Drive Information menu you can view the current RAID setup details such as the stripe size for the RAID array.
When you click on the Create RAID set menu, there are several options for you. The only feasible selection for the RevoDrive is RAID-0 unless you have critical data that you want mirrored to each section. This however defeats the purpose of the RevoDrive and its speed. You cannot create a RAID 5 or 10 array because of the lack of available disks to do so. Since this is a generic RAID BIOS, the options are there but not workable. To create a RAID array for the RevoDrive, select the RAID-0 selection and you can manually configure the array or have it created automatically for you. If you choose manual you can set the stripe size from 8K, 16K, 32K, 64K or 128K sizes. Next, key in the amount of space you want set for the RAID array (in this case 46GB total), 23 gigabytes from each disk and that is it.
Now that we have the array created we can install Windows 7 Professional and get on to the testing.