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

REAL WORLD TRANSFER SPEED TESTING

For this test, four PCIe SSDs were compared, as well as the Samsung 840 Pro SATA 3 SSD for a basis of comparison.  This test entailed placing 25GB files of video, ISO and data samples, on each drive and then copying them into another folder on the same SSD.

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The OCZ RevoDrive 350 480GB PCIe SSD performed and placed as we expected, given its IOPS jump on the Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe.  In considering the time it took to transfer 25GB of video, this equates to 2 seconds per GB, or a HD movie in less than that if you consider many HD movies are 800MB.  Something particularly interesting ,however, are the transfer speeds when moving 25GB of OS files.  Prior to the Revo 350, the Revo 3×2 was the clear victor in this test.  Considering how much faster that file was transferred with the new Revo 350, one might think OCZ has fine tuned this drive for just that type of transfer.

REPORT SUMMARY AND FINAL THOUGHTS

Our opinion of PCIe SSDs is such that we believe the demand for this type of SSD has been there for some time.  OWC has had incredible success with their Mercury Accelsior, as had Mushkin with their Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD line.  We typically receive one or two e-mails a week requesting availability of the Scorpion as it always seems to be out of stock.  Given OCZ typical supply and marketing efforts, plenty of RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSDs will be available in several outlets at the time of this report, which means the problem of availability has now been eliminated.

OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD Packaging

Considering performance, the OCZ RevoDrive PCIe SSD appears to be slightly lower than the Scorpion Deluxe in throughput at just under 2GB/s, whereas they are considerably higher in IOPS at the 150K mark.  Taking a look at the true transfer speed of data, the Revo 350 betters the Scorpion in the transfer of all file types, and destroys all other PCIe SSDs when transferring small files such as that of the typical OS.  Performance of the OCZ RevoDrive, considering its position and price point, is great.  A quick comparison of warranties show all to have a similar three-year limited warranty.

OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD Angle 2

The key to consumer success with the RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD will be value.  If the price point is affordable to consumers that have a desktop PC, who could resist that kind of power?  A quick check at the time of this report shows the OWC and Visiontek 240GB PCIe SSDs around the $430 mark with the Mushkin Scorpion not available.  Don’t even consider the KingSpec Multicore as it’s price is easily 4x of any other.  Initially, we expect the OCZ RevoDrive 350 to fetch a premium for those who have to have one fast but you just never know.  This SSD will be offered at or below the listed MSRP at some point and, quite frankly, to get a PCIe SSD that performs at just under 2GB/s read and write for around $500, is a wicked deal.

FINAL THOUGHTS

When push comes to shove, the closest comparable to the OCZ RevoDrive 3 PCIe SSD is the Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe.  The Revo uses 4 x SF-2282 enterprise flash controller, whereas, the Scorpion uses the more popular 4 x SF-2281.  The only difference in specs is that the SF-2281 is BGA-256 and the SF-2282 is BGA-400, meaning there is more contact with the ball grid array on the base of the chip.  The RAID controller used by Mushkin is the LSI SAS 3008, whereas OCZ uses there own RAID controller.  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.  Availability has been questioned with the Scorpion Deluxe since release and the two just might be fighting for the lowest price point before long.

The OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD is awarded our Editor’s Choice for its performance, value warranty and availability.

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Amazing Speed and Value!

The OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe x8 SSD enters the market at a time where the consumer and business interests seek quality, performance and value. Performing at just under 2GB/s with 145K IOPS and with a very low MSRP for this type of performance, the revo 350 will be in high demand.

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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 ?)

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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.

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