BUILD AND COMPONENTS
The OCZ RevoDrive PCIe x8 SSD is constructed of a single printed circuit board that is covered with an attractive brushed aluminum shell. The shell also serves as a heat sink that is contact with the OCZ RAID controller and dissipates heat from the OCZ RAID controller.On the front of the PCB, there are 16 modules of 19nm Toshiba Toggle Mode NAND flash memory with a product number of TH58TEG7DDJBA4C. Each has a capacity of 16GB for a total RAW capacity of 512GB on our 480GB sample drive. This memory is also present on the OCZ Vertex 460 notebook SSD that we reviewed a short time ago.Located on the face of the drive is the is the OCZ SAS RAID controller (ICT-0262) that we previously saw on both the RevoDrive 3×2 and Z-Drive PCIe SSDs.
Lattice In-System programmable power supply (ispPAC-POWR1220AT8), along with 3 Enpirion EN6300 PowerSoC chips are also visible on the face.
Our first glimpse at the back of the RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD left us (as well as many others we’re sure) speechless. Not only did we find 16 more modules of Toshiba 19nm NAND flash but also, right there front and center were four LSI SandForce SF-2282VB1 flash memory controllers. Check any SSD specs at our own complete SSD Database.
While this, at one time, might not appear that unusual, one has to wonder whatever became of OCZ’s own Indilinx Barefoot 3 Controller that so many would agree would be an amazing component here. Nonetheless, this certainly lays to rest any thoughts of ruffled feathers blood between OCZ and LSI. Perhaps that could even open the door to a serious look at the SF-3700 controller that LSI has remained so quiet about.
In any case, OCZ has always been able to keep us guessing and the OCZ RevoDrive 350 appears to be no different. Choice of the tried and true LSI SandForce flash controller is an easy decision if one wants to get a product out today, and it is also business smart opening the door for a new Barefoot 3 version in the future.