When we are exploring the Hybrid, its physically removable components include the hard drive, daughter board, four screws securing the HDD to that board, motherboard, posts keeping the motherboard separate from the daughter board, four screws securing the two boards, heat sink and two rubber fasteners securing the heatsink to the OCZ Superscale Storage controller.
Our first step is to separate the motherboard from the daughter board. We can instantly see that the motherboard is a RevoDrive 3 PCIe Card complete to the last detail which is running for approximately $399.99 at most retailers.
MOTHERBOARD AND DAUGHTER BOARD
In looking at the top of the motherboard and bottom of the daughter board, we get a good look at the machine itself. There are 16 pieces of OCZ branded NAND flash memory, two SandForce SF-2281 processors as well as the OCZ Superscale Storage Controller which is conveniently hidden under the heatsink.
The memory is IMFT (Intel Micron Flash Technologies) which is a joint effort between Intel and Micron to produce NAND flash memory of the highest quality. A little known fact is that the physical architecture of the NAND of both Intel and Micron is exactly the same and its only their fine tuning that makes each different.
In this case, OCZ has purchased the wafers directly from IMFT and the NAND is 25nm asynchronous NAND flash memory exactly as you might see in the OCZ Agility 3, except for the branding of course. Each piece is 8GB for a RAW total of 128GB and, as we stated earlier, it has been over provisioned at the enterprise level.
HARD DRIVE AND DAUGHTER BOARD
The hard drive is removed from the daughter board by removal of four screws on the back of the board and sliding it from the SATA interface on the board itself.
A quick peak under the RevoDrive picture shows us that the hard drive itself is a Toshiba HDD2K 1TB hard drive. We did a quick check of retailers to find it described as a SATA II 5400RPM hard drive with a 8MB buffer and retailing for $99.99.
Our last task was to remove the heatsink and get a look at OCZ’ Superscale Storage Controller. The heatsink allows airflow between its fins which dissipates heat and also keeps those careless enough to touch the controller from being burnt.