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OCZ Revo 3 x2 240GB PCIe SSD Quick Look – This is Going To Be Fast!

In anticipation of the release of several new SSDs in the near future, The SSD Review has a bit of a treat for you that comes in the form of an exclusive with respect to OCZ Revo 3 x2 PCIe SSD benchmarks.

Its not an exclusive in such that that other reviewers couldnt have conducted the same testing while at Computex, Taipei a few weeks back but, thanks to the help of a few friends, were able to carry a portable version of our test bench with us in the form of a flash drive.

Many manufacturers found this a bit surprising and several, in fact, preferred us not to throw our flash drive in for a test or two.  OCZ, on the other hand, invited us back to their suite at The Grand Hyatt at a time when things were much more manageable and told us quite frankly to take our time.

INTRODUCTION

The OCZ RevoDrive 3 x2  PCIe SSD is a RAID 0 solid state drive which slips into the PCIe slot your computers motherboard.

Specifications speak of 1500MB/s read and 1250MB/s write with a whopping 200,000 IOPS at 4k random write. It is expected to be available in capacities of 240, 480 and 960GB with a starting price of around $700.

To some, this may seem a bit steep for their needs, however, considering the price of the typical new generation SandForce  240GB SSD, you are adding about $250 for three times the performance.  As the biggest visible improvement we are seeing in todays new builds comes from storage speed, we believe this will be a ‘must have’ for all new PC desktop builders.

COMPUTEX BENCHMARKS

As you will see, these benchmarks are pretty impressive, however, we have been asked to state that this is an engineering sample, one in which there is still some fine tuning to be done.

Our ATTO results show that the listed specifications are right on the money.  Lets have a look with Crystal DiskMark and use ‘0Fill’ (or data similar to that used in ATTO) on the left and then a random data sample on the right with AS SSD.

If you are thinking those scores are pretty nice, take a look at this last one below.  The Revo 3 x2 can apparently push as high as 200,000 IOPS given the right set up in IOMeter but you just have to be impressed with these IOPS results from a quick AS SSD benchmark:

FINAL THOUGHTS

For OCZ to let us test their new RevoDrive 3 x2 240GB PCIe SSD without prior notice definitely speaks of confidence in their product.

To simply then throw a flash drive into their Test Bench and pull off this IOPS score is absolutely incredible.

Its a very personal opinion that just about any enthusiast building a system will be looking very carefully at the Revo 3 x2, especially when you consider that the preliminary price of $699 is a drop in the bucket to what it would cost to build a similar RAID 0 platform on your own.

Lets add to this that VCA (Virtualized Controller Architecture) Technology now enables TRIM and enhances enterprise features to include SMART monitoring, NCQ, TCQ, power failure management as well as wear-leveling in the Revo 3 and Z Drive series.

YES!  You heard it right.  TRIM is possible in this RAID 0 setup.

Heres a parting shot of Alex Mei, Exec VP and CMO of OCZ, showing me what he believes is going to be one of the hottest storage products available to the consumer in the next few months.  Quite frankly, I couldn’t agree more.

FOLLOW THE REVO 3 X2 DISCUSSION HERE!

About Les Tokar

is a technology nut and Founder of The SSD Review. His early work includes the first consumer SSD review along with MS Vista, Win 7 and SSD Optimization Guides. Les is fortunate to, not only evaluate and provide opinion on consumer and enterprise solid state storage but also, travel the world in search of new technologies and great friendships. Google+
  • http://www.aaronpriestphoto.com Aaron Priest

    I can’t wait for this sucker! I have two Intel X25-M’s in RAID 0 and that is still my biggest bottleneck to batch processing of photos for HDR timelapse photography. This would help considerably without needing to purchase a 6Gbps RAID controller and a couple Vertex 3 240GBs, which would still lack trim support.

  • http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.169327919782964.33885.100001172713309&l=1d5d8e64a0 Bengt “WOLF” Johansson

    I’m very interested to buy the OCZ Revo 3 x2 240GB PCIe SSD but it seems to be little confusing informations regarding if OCZ have it in 240BG version or not.

    In here everything is clear, but if you look at OCZ website for the OCZ Revo 3 x2 PCIe SSD they say its only available in 480GB and 960GB capacities.

    http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-revodrive-3-x2-pci-express-ssd.html

    But in OCZ Technology News & Press Releases it says that the OCZ Revo 3 x2 PCIe SSD exists in the 240GB version.

    http://www.ocztechnology.com/aboutocz/press/2011/439

    I even asked in there forum but they seems to not care to answering to my post. I also wrote some email, but same there, no respond.

    What to believe as a customer?

    Seems like they are not interested in potential customers.

    SITE RESPONSE:

    I just reviewed the Reviewers Guide supplied to all reviewers on initial announcement of the Revo 3×2 (and only the 3×2) and it lists the 240GB version as becoming available at a price of $699. Just to confirm, this release document only speaks of the Revo 3×2 specifically.

    • Bengt “WOLF” Johansson

      Thank you so much for your help and information my friend.

      Looking forward to the time for the marketing of the 240GB version.

      Regards, Bengt “WOLF” Johansson

  • Wwynn

    The Atto and AS SSD benchmarks above appear to be for the 480GB version. This contrasts with the text that says 240GB. Did I miss something? I would like to see results for the 240GB version.

    • http://www.thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

      No you didn’t miss anything. The title reflects that of the 240GB version because it is the best value for the consumer so it is a play on words. The sample provided was that of the 480GB, however, the specs are the same for both.

  • Nickolas

    The only issue I see with the OCZ’s RevoDrive 3 X2 series is lack of TRIM support in Windows 7. OCZ states that it supports TRIM, but why doesn’t it work in Windows 7? Until we get confirmation that there is a work around to force TRIM to work I am staying away from this high priced product.

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