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OCZ RevoDrive 50GB PCI Express SSD Review



Now we can get to the part everyone has been waiting for (including myself!). To test the RevoDrive 50GB, I installed it into the PCI Express x4 slot on the M4A89GTD PRO/USB motherboard running version 1606 for the BIOS. I used a clean install of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit and updated the OS before performing any of the benchmarks. All of the tests for the RevoDrive and the comparison drives were performed with the same updated fresh install of Windows 7 so you can get a real world look at the performance while using it as a boot drive. For the comparison drives, I included several SandForce SF-1200 based drives as well as a few Indilix based drives to show the differences. I also included a comparison RAID array made up of two SandForce SF-1222 based solid state drives running RAID-0 using the onboard controller running through the SB850 chipset of the motherboard. Throughout the testing, all of the hardware remained at the same speeds, timings, voltages and latencies to keep any variables from interfering with the scores.



One thing I wanted to show you before we get into the benchmarks is that even though the drivers only specify Windows operating systems, I was successfully able to install and boot into Ubuntu Linux 10.10 with no issues. The install recognized the SiL 3124 controller and installed the necessary drivers for its operation. If you look at the screenshots below you will see the drive running on the same hardware used for the review. There are two 25GB OCZ RevoDrive's showing up under the RAID controller making up the 50GB space for the install.















Testing Setup:


Comparison Modules:



  • Drive Tests:
  1. HD Tune 3.50 Pro
  2. HD Tach
  3. SiSoft Sandra 2009
  4. Crystal Disk Mark
  5. ATTO Disk Benchmark
  6. AS SSD
  7. I/O Meter
  8. PCMark Vantage
  9. Windows Startup / Shutdown

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Continued
  3. Closer Look: RAID Controller Software
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing: Setup
  6. Testing: HD Tune 3.50
  7. Testing: HD Tach, SiSoft Sandra
  8. Testing: Crystal Disk Mark
  9. Testing: ATTO
  10. Testing: AS SSD
  11. Testing: IOMeter
  12. Testing: PCMark Vantage
  13. Testing: Windows Startup & Shutdown
  14. Conclusion
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