TEST SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
If you remember a comment I made at the beginning of this report, I have not been a fan of disk caching as I have yet to see any performance gain worth addressing…at least up until today. Having tested the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid myself, I have been able to provide first hand results that the Hybrid, not only caches the hard drive, but does it quickly and very effectively. I am sold.
The Revo Hybrid is available right now at a price of $499.99 at many retailers. Some might believe this to be a leap but, as we have shown, this SSD is comprised of the Revo 3 PCIe SSD (priced separately at $399.99) and the Toshiba 1TB HDD2K51 5400RPM hard drive (priced separately at $99.99). The price point matches that of its hardware already on the market with the only deviation being that our Revo 3 has enterprise standard 28% over provisioning whereas the consumer available version is advertised with 7% as a 120GB storage device. As much of a bonus as this seems, it really isn’t as utilizing an SSD as a caching device will result in the total writes to the device occurring quicker which the over provisioning makes up for.
At the end of the day, the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB PCIe SSD has answered the consumers call for SSD speed, HDD capacity and at a price that doesn’t break the bank. Things that might be improved upon would naturally include creating a BIOS that would allow the swapping of hard drives on the card itself and maybe even a higher caliber hard drive. Truth be told, I did unsuccessfully attach a Crucial M4 just to see what might result as I couldn’t help but think that it was a question worth exploring.
For now though…time to have some fun putting her together once again though. I have no doubt that the Hybrids end performance, as good as it was, played effect to my preliminary poking, prodding and testing of the SSD and hard drive separately. OCZ is more than welcome to switch this off with another and we would definitely publish any improvement between the two tests.
I would whole heartedly recommend the Hybrid to the exact community that has been in search of both performance and capacity in a single storage device for some time now. This is a ‘Must Have’ For those wanting speed, capacity and value!