OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB PCIe SSD Review – Performance, Capacity And Value Finally

TOSHIBA HDD2K51 1TB SATA II 5400RPM HDD PERFORMANCE

Up until these tests, I hadn’t reviewed a hard drive for a few years, however, I do experience the lack of ‘umf’ daily in my work computer where I have no input with respect to the storage medium. These tests once again put into perspective exactly why I love solid state drives.

ATTO DISK BENCHMARK VER. 2.46

CRYSTAL DISK BENCHMARK VER. 3.0 X64

ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL

Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta testing new benchmark software called Anvil Storage Utilities which is an absolutely amazing SSD benchmarking utility. Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and utilize in our benchmark testing. Lets see how the Toshiba HD2K51 5400RPM 1TB fares on Anvil Pro:

Once again, we are going to leave our Vantage tests until the end, however, I am sure you can take a guess on this ‘SSD lovers’ opinion of the hard drive in general.  To start things off, its beneficial to remind the reader that, aside from the disk access speed, the small 4kb random writes are paramount to performance and play a large part in the visual upgrade the user will see in his upgrade to an SSD.

If we look back to the SSD which had 64MB/s low 4kb scores and compare that to the 0.95MB/s  we see here for the HDD, thats an increase of 67 times!  Lets look a bit deeper.  The typical access time of the SSD is about .1ms whereas we can see that of the Toshiba HDD to be about  9ms at its quickest read speed.  This is a performance jump of 90 times for the solid state drive.

In the end, we have to wonder what kind of a difference we might see with a SATA 3 or even a 7200RPM hard drive.  We will get to it later but might as well give a heads up now. One cannot simply switch off hard drives on the RevoDrive 3 Hybrid as it invalidates the drives bios and the drive is no longer recognized.

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Great review, as always! You always provide useful insights and detailed analysis.

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Thank you very much!

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It’s a nice concept, but I’d like to see it implemented in a bit more down-to-earth way: SSD with half the capacity, and a single-platter HDD (all to reduce material costs and energy consumption) would be perfect for me. It doesn’t always have to be the super-duper fastest and largest drive 😉

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Can you clarify the TRIM support issue? I thought Windows 7 supports TRIM if it is enabled correctly.

Les@TheSSDReview
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Windows 7 supports TRIM but not in RAID or SCSI environments, the latter of which is used by the new Revo 3 drives.

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“OCZ says the Revo 3×2 Card supports TRIM because the architecture is based on SCSI. The MS Windows Storport architecture, however, does not presently support TRIM or SCSI UNMAP. Conversations with OCZ regarding this revealed that OCZ and Microsoft are working together and the functionality should be enabled in the near future.” from:

http://www.thessdreview.com/our-reviews/ocz-revodrive-3-x2-480-gb-pcie-ssd-review-physical-characteristics-and-vca-technology/

Walt Hudson
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Are you sure the memory is IMFT?? According to the IMFT website (link below), 100% of the IMFT NAND output is consumed by Intel and Micron.

http://www.imftech.com/company/faqs.html#customers

Les@TheSSDReview
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That is not correct. We have documented two separate ocasions where IMFT NAND flash memory was utilized in SSDs and the name of the flash made to reflect that of the company, the previous being SuperTalent.Type your reply…

Aigars Mahinovs
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So, does it work on Linux and how well? That might be a much more important issue than Windows support – these SSDs are the best thing of the last decade for speeding up databases and other server operations!
Team up with Phoronix if you are lacking Linux expertise 😉

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