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!

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