Reviews and Problems with OCZ RevoDrive X2 Series (OCZSSDPX-1RVDX)
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OCZ RevoDrive X2 160GB PCIe SSD
11 September 2011
Summary: OCZ has pushed the boundaries on performance with their RevoDrive units, but they certainly aren't for everyone. The performance potential of these units is incredible, but you have to remember that you'll need an extra PCIe 4x slot available. Furthermore, the RevoDrive only works on certain motherboards. We found this out the hard way. In the end, we are using it on a motherboard that isn't officially sanctioned, but the setup wasn't simple. Once we configured...
Pros: Very fast performance, On-board RAID 0 array, Available up to 960GB
Cons: Expensive, Motherboard compatibility is limited
Conclusion: The OCZ RevoDrive X2 100GB’s retail price is $449.99, although current pricing (at publication time) on Newegg is $409.99: OCZ RevoDrive X2 OCZSSDPX-1RVDX0100 PCI-E MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) . It’s expensive, but enthusiast-class parts usually come with a price tag that matches their performance.
Conclusion: Just as with the original RevoDrive, the X2 version lives up to its reputation and delivers a massive boost of speed as a unique PCI Express hard drive platform. While the drive did have some issues with small file sizes, the overall transfer speeds were on par with the specifications that OCZ has designed the drive around. Some of the tests were almost dead on with the 700MB/s+ speeds, which are amazing for a single device setup.
Pros: PCI Express based hard drive, Up to 120,000 IOPS, Up to 740MB/s read speeds, Up to 690MB/s write speeds, Capacities from 100GB to 960GB, Onboard RAID-0,1, 5,10, Four independent onboard drives
OCZ RevoDrive X2 100GB PCI-E Solid State Drive Review
29 March 2011
Summary: Final Thoughts
There is no doubt that the RevoDrive X2 is one of the fastest solid state drive solutions available today, even with SATA 6GB/s solid state drives coming out they still cannot beat the RevoDrive X2! When I originally reviewed the first RevoDrive I was impressed at the technology and how OCZ was taking advantage of the speed of the PCI bus rather than using SATA.
Pros: The fastest Solid State Drive we have tested!, Bootable, Available in capacities up to 960GB, Onboard RAID
Conclusion: Let us summarise the most important positive and negative points below: The OCZ RevoDrive X2 series drives are very good; in fact, extremely good. Reading and writing access times are lightning fast and applications load in an instant, making the OCZ RevoDrive X2 series of drives ideal as the operating system drive with all the user’s installed applications. 4K random IOPS performance is phenomenal, as is threaded and sequential performance.
Pros: Silky smooth operation as a system drive and completely stable., Astonishing reading and writing performance., Extreme 4K random I/O performance., Excellent video, audio, and graphic editing potential., Phenomenal multitasking potential., Lightning fast access times., Completely silent operation., Fast operating system start-up and shutdown times., Considering the performance and neatness, the RevoDrive X2 is good value., Super fast application loading., Can be used a...
Summary: Short of an enterprise drive like the Z-Drive R3, the RevoDrive X2 is currently the fastest consumer level solid state drive that OCZ offers. There are other names that produce PCIe SSDs, such as Fusion-io, but as of writing all of their product reviews are close to two years old and I couldn't find anywhere to purchase them. Other competitors like LSI sell enterprise-only solutions with a price tag starting around $7500 -- nowhere near as affordable as the RevoDrive X2.
Summary: Like its predecessor, the RevoDrive X2 lacks support for the Trim command but does include garbage-collecting algorithms that prevent it from getting too slow—indeed, after heavy use the drive was still humming along quite well. With capacities that range from 100GB to 960GB, the RevoDrive X2 makes a disk-less PC seem almost feasible—if you don’t mind dropping a bundle of money. The 960GB version is a cool $3,300, while the 240GB model we tested goes for $600.
Pros: Incredible speeds in high-load and real-world tests; no SATA cables required; bootable.
Cons: Finicky with some motherboards; pricey; no Trim support.
Conclusion: As predicted the OCZ RevoDrive X2 is much faster than the original RevoDrive and falls slightly behind the IBIS. With an average linear read speed of 637.4 Mb/sec and an average write speed of 523.2 Mb/sec, the OCZ RevoDrive X2 is currently the faster PCI-E based SSD card on the market. There is no other manufacturer that I know of, that has produced anything faster. So in that respect, I have to say well done to OCZ Technology.
Excerpt: What's this, yet another SSD product tap-dancing its way through the HotHardware lab? It's hard to believe that a product category has so much R&D being poured into it, spurring new releases at such a fevered pitch. The investment in the relatively fledgling storage technology makes perfect sense to us, but the average mainstream consumer probably raises their head to notice only the bigger, more prominent buzz-worthy products hitting the market as of late. There is...
Pros: Best price/performance ratio for any SSD we've seen yet, Killer all around performance, Great sustained performance with Sandforce maintenance algos, Boots a clean Win 7 install in about 13 seconds, Best of class write performance, Claimed 2 million hrs MTBF
Cons: Somewhat complex design with more possible points of failure, No TRIM support
Conclusion: Many consumers will be put off OCZ's RevoDrive X2 by its relatively-high asking price. But put the hardware in context, and you may find the RevoDrive X2 to be a reasonable prospect. Compared to four Vertex SSDs and a hardware RAID controller, OCZ's PCIe solution is both cheaper and a whole lot tidier, too.