Reviews and Problems with OCZ RevoDrive 3 Series (RVD3-FHPX4)
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OCZ RevoDrive 3 120GB PCIe SSD
30 May 2012
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 - and they don't work on every motherboard. In the end, we are using it on a motherboard that isn't officially sanctioned and this time around driver installation and setup was pretty straightforward.
Pros: Awesome performance, On-board RAID 0 array, Available up to 480GB (RevoDrive 3 X2 up to 960GB)
Cons: Expensive, Motherboard compatibility is limited
Conclusion: While SSDs offer many benefits, there are some downsides to using flash memory. One of the biggest issues people run into is performance degradation. Over time, an SSD will run out of fresh blocks and will have to write over data the file system has marked as deleted. This procedure is very complicated and can slow an SSD's write speeds considerably. To address this problem, most manufacturers have added TRIM support to their SSDs.
Pros: Available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities, Excellent sequential read and write speeds, Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) 2.0 offers enterprise-class features, PCI-Express 2.0 x4 interface, Bootable as a direct-attach device, Supports TRIM, SCSI unmap and SMART monitoring, 3 year warranty
Cons: TRIM and SCSI unmap are not currently supported by Windows 7, Considerably slower with incompressible data, Asynchronous NAND flash, Pricey
Conclusion: Installation is simply plugging the RevoDrive 3 into any PCIe 2.0 or 3.0 slot you have on your motherboard, and downloading the drivers directly from OCZ. Without the drivers Windows 7 won’t recognize the drive, nor will it be bootable if you’re planning to install Windows 7 on it.
Conclusion: The OCZ RevoDrive 3 is an exceptionally fast piece of hardware. That speed comes with a price tag to match, but it does make sense. A single Vertex 3 120GB SSD currently sells for $189. The RevoDrive 3 contains two of them, plus an additional PCB for the PCI Express card, plus the RAID controller. It’s also targeted more toward workstations and enthusiasts—segments slightly less sensitive to price than the every day average consumer.
Summary: At the beginning of this year we looked at the RevoDrive X2 and was blown away by its blistering speed. And here we are today, less than a year later with the RevoDrive 3, again raising the bar for PCI-e solid state drives and doing so with two fewer onboard controllers. As I keep saying at the end of each solid state drive review, this is the fastest drive we have tested to date. And the catch here is that this isn't even the fastest Revo 3 that OCZ offers.
Summary: It seems that OCZ is determined to keep their lead they currently have on the SSD market. And in order to do that they know they must be put high performance drives with blazing speeds in the hands of the enthusiasts, gamers and professionals and not just the enterprise and industrial markets. And they did just that with the RevoDrive 3 drive.
OCZ RevoDrive 3 240GB PCI-E Solid State Drive Review
26 October 2011
Summary: Final Thoughts
OCZ has always been at the forefront of solid state drive technology and the RevoDrive is just one of the many products in their arsenal. Since the original version of the drive was released OCZ has showed us speeds we could never get on an ordinary SATA solid state drive. That being said the RevoDrive 3 now holds the title as the fastest solid state drive we have ever tested!
Pros: The fastest solid state drive we have tested to date!, 996MB/s read and 903MB/s write in ATTO, VCA 2.0 really adds alot (TRIM, NCQ, SMART), Bootable
Conclusion: It is obvious that the the OCZ RevoDrive 3 is best suited to enterprise users or all those working with large video and image files. Gamers and PC enthusiasts could look at other and most affordable SSD solutions, as they most probably not find a lot of potential in this drive.
Summary: OCZ RevoDrives är egentligen inte avsedda för vanliga konsumenter, även om de naturligtvis kan använda dem. Detta märks av flera anledningar men för många är säkert den viktigaste att de kostar mer än dubbelt så mycket som en SATA SSD. I övrigt ser man främst fördelar med produkterna i parallella miljöer såsom servrar eller arbetsstationer. I mer ordinära system och program kan det bli svårt att se fördelar som motsvarar prisskillnaderna.
Pros: Utmärkt prestanda, Enkel installation utan kablar, VCA-Arkitektur, OCZ RevoDrive 3: mycket bra prestanda i kopieringstestet, OCZ Revo Drive 3 X2: enastående prestanda i koperingstestet
Cons: Vid vanlig användning kan skillnaden mellan dessa avancerade modeller vara liten jämfört med SSD-diskar som går via SATA.