OCZ RevoDrive X2 100GB PCI Express Hard Drive Reviewajmatson - March 20, 2011
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Just as with the original RevoDrive, the X2 version lives up to its reputation and delivers a massive boost of speed as a unique PCI Express hard drive platform. While the drive did have some issues with small file sizes, the overall transfer speeds were on par with the specifications that OCZ has designed the drive around. Some of the tests were almost dead on with the 700MB/s+ speeds, which are amazing for a single device setup. The ability to use the PCI Express BUS for transfers gives the RevoDrive X2 the edge. Installation was extremely simple — just install the drive, set the mode to AHCI and select the RevoDrive X2 as your boot device and away you go. Installing Windows 7 Professional 64-bit was a breeze with the high speeds of the drive, as were the startup and shutdown times, beating all other SSDs and mechanical drives I have ever tested.
One thing that carried over from the original RevoDrive series that I hoped would be re-adjusted is the heavy over provisioning for the SandForce controller — there is only 100GB of "space" on the drive despite there being 128GB of physical space on the NAND chips. That is a big chunk taken out and with the tweaks on standard SSDs giving back some of that room, it would be nice to have that done here as well. Another quirk, although not necessarily OCZ's fault, is that there is no TRIM support for RAID setups as of yet. While this is still not necessarily going to shorten the life of your drive, it would be nice to have that safeguard.
All in all, OCZ has taken an already awesome product and made it faster and better. If you are a speed junkie such as myself, you will really appreciate what the RevoDrive X2 has to offer. If you are wanting something to knock your socks off, then take this drive for a spin. You will not regret it.
- PCI Express based hard drive
- Up to 120,000 IOPS
- Up to 740MB/s read speeds
- Up to 690MB/s write speeds
- Capacities from 100GB to 960GB
- Onboard RAID-0,1, 5,10
- Four independent onboard drives
- No TRIM support