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OCZ RevoDrive X2 100GB PCI Express Hard Drive Review


Closer Look:

Like other controllers 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 — in this case, the four 23GB devices, as well as the RAID set and the drives assigned to it. 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 — Create RAID set, Delete (current) RAID set, Rebuild RAID-1 set (which is really pointless since the drives are soldered to the PC Board), Resolve Conflicts, Perform 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. Since this drive has four physical onboard SSDs, you have the options to create them in a RAID-0, RAID-1, RAID-5, or a RAID-10 setup, or even a combination of RAID-0 or RAID-1, based on your needs. When you select the Create RAID Set option, you are presented with an option to select the number of disks you want to use and then the stripe size. You also have the option for the system to manually configure the RAID set for you if you are not sure what you are doing. In the last screen, I also created two separate RAID-0 arrays on the same disk (46GB each) to show how you can set up the drives.





Now that we have the array created, we can install Windows 7 Professional and get on to the testing.

  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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