The OCZ Revodrive Hybrid 1TB PCIe SSD is OCZs pairing of their newly integrated Revo 3 line with Toshibas 1TB HDD, a much anticipated response to the consumers desire for SSD performance with HDD capacity.
Our review of the ‘Hybrid’ today, we promise you, will be unlike any other as we have stripped it down to its ‘barebone’ components and also tested it as it should have from the beginning, SSD, HDD and then as a full hybrid. Throw on this video and follow along!
The OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid arrived at The SSD Review just over a week ago and over 45 hours of background have gone into this report. I think I should point out right from the outset that this is not going to carry the same tag line as most, in that you won’t be overwhelmed by tons of graphs displaying the caches ability. It simply works.
Instead, we are going to take you on a trip, much as you were on in high school science, where we disect, rip apart, examine, test, and analyse our specimen before trying to sow things back up again. That is why our choice of Coldplays ‘The Scientist’ was so fitting.
Since the first consumer SSD release back in ’07, there has been a huge void in the industry with respect to availability of a product with SSD speed and HDD capacity. The main contributor of this is the high cost of NAND flash memory which still stands true today, albeit, NAND cost has dropped significantly. A perfect example is seen in one of our first SSD reviews, the Memoright 128GB SSD, where this SLC (single level cell) SSD was available to the consumer at an unbelievable $3399.99 US.
This ‘void’ of performance, capacity and value seems to have been addressed in the OCZ release of the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCIe SSD.
The Revo Hybrid is available in a single capacity of 1TB and its performance is detailed as 910MB/s read and 810MB/s write with 120,000 IOPS at 4k random aligned write disk access. It is a full height PCIe card which has 100GB dedicated cache and a 3 year limited warranty.
It is fully capable of supporting TRIM once Microsoft gets their ducks in a row, is compatible with both 32 and 64-bit systems with an open PCIe Gen 2 x4 slot and its heart is that of the OCZ Superscale Storage Controller and VCA 2.0 architecture.