Todays complete review of the OCZ RevoDrive 3 x2 PCIe SSD is published on the heels of our Quick Look of the Revo 3 a few weeks back which resulted in a flurry of attention by PC enthusiasts worldwide.
As many e-mails that were received in result, they never compared to the backlinks returned from dozens of forums with members salivating over the Revo 3 x2 and anticipating its release date.
It turns out that our Computex Taipei RevoDrive 3 x2 SSD benchmarks were an exclusive first look at this cards performance as we tried a new approach in conducting first hand independent benchmarks at Computex on nothing more than a flash drive.
The OCZ Revo 3 x2 PCIe SSD enters the consumer market as the fastest consumer available storage solution by a land slide. OCZ specifications list high sequential performance as 1.5GB/s read, 1.25GB/s write and capable of 200, 000 IOPS at 4k random write disk access. Coincidentally, this is also the first consumer targeted product that brings us out of megabyte per second speeds and into the realm of gigabytes per second.
In 2-3 weeks, the Revo 3 x2 will be available in capacities of 240GB, 480GB and 960GB and at $1699.99 and $3199.99 for the latter two, we can see these being looked at closely by enterprise, the likes of which are going to be pleasantly surprised at our IOPS testing a bit further into this report. With a standard 3 year warranty, we believe the Revo 3 x2 will become as important an upgrade to the consumer enthusiast as it will be to enterprise, keeping in mind that it is a workstation class product.
Although our test sample is a 480GB version of the Revo 3 x2, the 240GB promises to be a must have for just about every enthusiast who is looking for the best money can buy with a price expected at $699. Considering that todays new generation release of 240GB SandForce Driven SSDs are retailing at an average price point of $550, OCZ is making the Revo 3 x2 impossible to pass up with 3 times the performance at only a $150 premium above the typical 240GB SSD release.
To make the Revo 3 even more appealing, OCZ guarantees that the RevoDrive 3 x2 is capable of 200, 000 IOPS at 4k aligned random write disk access which, until now, hasnt even been dreamed of in an affordable consumer storage solution.
HOW CAN THEY MAKE IT SO CHEAP?
The powerhouse of the RevoDrive 3 x2 is driven by four SandForce SF-2281 processors and OCZ’ choice of asynchronous NAND flash memory makes this PCIe SSD possible as an affordable consumer solution. In fact, the 240GB could be simply thought as 4 OCZ Agility 60GB SSDs in a RAID 0 configuration except for the fact that the PCIe interface eliminates the bottleneck we see in the SATA 3.0 interface. PCIe opens the door to speeds of 1.5GB/s read, 1.25GB/s write and 200, 000 IOPS at 4k aligned random write disk access. The difference, of course, is that the Revo 3×2 is not a RAID 0 configuration and the speed is achieved through VCA 2.0 and the OCZ Superscale storage accelerator.
PG 1 – INTRODUCTION
PG5 – HDTUNE PRO TESTING
PG7 – CONCLUSIONS