OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD Review (480GB) – LSI SandForce Driven Once Again

TSSDR TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL

SSD Testing at TSSDR differs slightly depending on whether we are looking at consumer or enterprise SSDs.  For consumer SSDs, our goal is to test in a system that has been optimized with our SSD Optimization Guide, although CPU C States have may or may not have been optimized depending on the motherboard base configuration. Benchmarks for consumer testing are also benchmarks with a fresh drive so, not only can we verify that manufacturer specifications are in line but also, so the consumer can replicate our tests to confirm that they have an SSD that is top-notch.  We even provide links to most of the benchmarks used in the report.

 

Intel Bench

This report of the OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD is our first opportunity to run an SSD through our newest build, a dual AMD/Intel PC that is an amazing 5 feet in height.  Although this drive is only being tested with our Intel Bench, one might be interested in checking out our Test Bench Report that fully describes this Bench.  As for our methodology, we will be testing the RevoDrive 350 in a way that best suits the consumer, however, we will also include some true transfer speed tests to assist.

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SYSTEM COMPONENTS

This Test Bench build was the result of some great relationships and purchase; our appreciation goes to the below mentioned manufacturers for their support in our project.  Our choice of components is very narrow, in that, we choose only what we believe to be among the best available and links are provided to each that will assist in hardware pricing and availability, should the reader be interested in purchase.

PC CHASSIS: Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935 EATX
MOTHERBOARD: ASRock Z87 Extreme11/ac EATX MotherBoard
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell 3.5GHz Quad Core
CPU COOLER: Cooler Master Seidon 120M
POWER SUPPLY: Cooler Master V1000
SYSTEM COOLING: Cooler Master 120mm Red and Green Fans
GRAPHICS CARD: EVGA GTX 770 Superclocked with ACX Cooler
MEMORY: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer Memory
KEYBOARD: CM Storm QuickFire XT – Limited Edition
MOUSE: CM Storm Sentinel Advance 2
MOUSE PAD: CM Storm Control-RX Large Gaming Mouse Pad
6x MOBILE RACK Icy Dock ToughArmor 6x SATA/SAS HDD/SSD
4x MOBILE RACK Icy Dock ToughArmor 4x SATA/SAS HDD/SSD
DISPLAY MONITOR QNIX QX2710 27″ 2560×1440 Display Monitor
DUAL MONITOR MOUNT Rosewill Dual 27″ Monitor Mount
MONITOR WALL MOUNT Rosewill RMS-MA3210 Wall Mount

 

BENCHMARK SOFTWARE

The software we will be using for today’s analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consists of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal Disk Info, Crystal DiskMark, AS SSD and PCMark Vantage. In consumer reports, we prefer to test with easily accessible software that the consumer can obtain, and in many cases, we even provide links. Our selection of software allows each to build on the last and to provide validation to results already obtained.

In addition to the standard tests, we have also included transfer speed testing with 25GB ISO, Program and Game files.

ATTO DISK BENCHMARK VER. 2.46

ATTO Disk Benchmark is perhaps one of the oldest benchmarks going and is definitely the main staple for manufacturer performance specifications. ATTO uses RAW or compressible data and, for our benchmarks, we use a set length of 256MB and test both the read and write performance of various transfer sizes ranging from 0.5 to 8192kb. Manufacturers prefer this method of testing as it deals with raw (compressible) data rather than random (includes incompressible data) which, although more realistic, results in lower performance results.

OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD ATTO Benchmark

Listed specs of 1.8GB/s read and 1.7GB/s write are both bettered with our initial ATTO Disk Benchmark results.  If you do a bit of a comparison to a typical notebook SSD, you might note that smaller file transfer speeds are a bit better for the notebook SSD up until the 16K file size, at which time transfer speeds go through the roof for the Revo.

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Benjamin Hojnik
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Sandforce needs to die already.
2011 controller on a highend ssd in 2014 is just plain laughable, especially when 3rd gen sandforce with native pci-e is just around the corner.

But it does deliver performance, but at a hefty price.

Les@TheSSDReview
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Don’t agree with this at all. New innovations aren’t ready yet so they once again stepped outside the line and created something that many are looking for. Price per MB/s….it is unbeatable. I believe this is the cheapest available for this performance. Actually wait…is this the cheapest available?

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Benjamin Hojnik

Well to be fair, you can get 4x128GB 840PRO (or any other highperformance ssd) and with raid0, they would probobly destroy 350. But yeah, as far as PCI-e solutions goes and price/performace, its probobly unbeatable (but thats just the nature of pci-e drives anyway at this point). I just wish they hadn’t used sandforce. There are so many other controllers to chose from (heck they even have an inhouse controller) chosing sandforce really makes little sense at this point. Especially if you cosider all the problems sandforce had (and still has to some degree), not to mention OCZ lost pretty… Read more »

Les@TheSSDReview
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Choosing controllers can be a funny thing. For instance, this choice now opens the door for an amazing upgrade or new release with their own controller. As far as reliability goes, the Revo famly has always been SF based and had a great deal of success. In fact, the majority of PCIe SSDs have all been SF based.

On the controller note…. I personally have always believed that LAMD controller had amazing potential….that is until they were bought out . Now it has all but disappeared from the landscape.

Benjamin Hojnik
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Benjamin Hojnik

Yeah, i guess you’re right 🙂 OCZ though ahead and for now went with slower and possibly cheaper sandforce just to upgrade in the future with something faster based on their own controller IP. Sneaky move 🙂

As far as LAMD is concerned; yeah hynix really ruined it.. i really wish that hadn’t happed or maybe if someone else bought them (LSI ?)

Neo
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Neo

HELLO TO ALL,
I HAVE OWNED TWO OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 MAX IOPS, AND ANY AND TWO WERE REPLACED IN RMA

NOW I HAVE TO BUY ONE OF THESE TWO PRODUCTS:

-OCZ RevoDrive 480GB-350
-Deluxe Mushkin Scorpion’s 480 GB

Please help me…

Sorry for my caploks enabled

chris0101
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chris0101

Come to think of it, outside of the Neutron GTX, did anything else get produced by LAMD?

Les@TheSSDReview
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Seagate consumer and enterprise SSDs.

gjames
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gjames

LSI did die… they were just acquired by AVAGO.

Benny
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Benny

Any idea on expected availability? Can’t seem to find it anywhere online.

Les@TheSSDReview
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Checking on this…

Benny
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Benny

Just an update: Newegg has “May 12” as the “Release Date” for this product. Lets see then. I am not located in this US however (over in Asia here) so I might end up waiting a month at minimum before my local distributor decides to get their act in order. Thanks for the reply though!

Benjamin Hojnik
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Benjamin Hojnik

> there is a 5 second delay in the boot sequence prior to system BIOS that
accommodates for this SSDs ability to work as a boot drive.

ouch, thats alot.
Thats like half of the boottime on sata based systems >:)

Ethos Evoss
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Ethos Evoss

OCZ is dead soon.. I been reading on internet..

Solar
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Solar

Can you please elaborate further, regarding the Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe’s “incompatibility concerns”?

“End performance displays stronger write transfer throughput for the Scorpion, however, ‘incompatibility concerns’ are evident when we run AS SSD, Anvil Storage utilities and PCMark Vantage.”

Les@TheSSDReview
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The only incompatibility relates to the synthetic benchmark software and nothing else.