Reviews and Problems with OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 Series (RVD3X2-FHPX4)
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OCZ's RevoDrive 3 X2 240GB solid-state drive
26 March 2012
Summary: There's something very cool about the fact that OCZ's SuperScale chip and Virtualized Controller Architecture can, without resorting to RAID, make a quartet of SandForce SSDs appear to Windows as a single SCSI drive. The RevoDrive 3 X2 becomes even more intriguing when one considers the peak throughput that arrangement provides. However, the on the 240GB model quickly puts things into perspective.
Excerpt: OCZ just keeps pushing the envelope on its PCI Express SSDs. The first RevoDrive contained two 60GB SF-1200-powered SSDs in RAID 0, with a Silicon Image PCI-to-SATA controller. The RevoDrive X2 kept the same architecture, but added a second PCB with two additional controllers and two more 60GB sets of NAND. OCZ’s RevoDrive3 X2 updates the platform to second-generation SandForce, but the new SSD controller isn’t the only change.
Pros: Absurdly fast, especially in 4KB random reads and writes; great real-world results.
Cons: Absurdly expensive; half again the price of Vertex 3s in RAID.
Summary: The OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 480GB is an interesting product that delivers strong performance, though not nearly as strong as we had hoped to see. For example, in our file copy tests the RevoDrive 3 X2 delivered the strongest performance of any product tested. However at best it was just 80% faster than a single Vertex 3 SSD, delivering less than 2x the performance.
Excerpt: Several years ago I reviewed motherboards and video cards. At the time NVIDIA was still a major player in the motherboard market and with each new release they stressed the number of PCI Express lanes their latest and greatest chipset had available. They made it very clear that the future of computing would ride the PCI Express highway. If NVIDIA wouldn't have been pushed out of the chipset business, how many PCIe lanes would we be up to today?
Conclusion: IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete.
Excerpt: For some time the storage market stagnated as the majority of drives released were running at 7200rpm, topping out in terms of speed at a little over 100MB/s. Various manufacturers applied their own tweaks to enhance the user experience such as increasing cache or in the case of Western Digital we got the Raptor range of drives with higher RPM and MB/s.
Excerpt: The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete.
Excerpt: HDTune is a great software program which covers all areas of our testing and does a great job of showing how capable this drive truly is. HDTune Pro seems to bring out the best in the OCZ RevoDrive 3 x2 PCIe SSD as we see three random tests with transfer speeds in excess of 1GB/s. Also noteworthy is the disk access time of 0.037ms which is the fastest we have seen to date.
Excerpt: All SSDs are not created equal and many new SSD enthusiasts realize that when they test their new drive to confirm specifications and ensure all is in order. SandForce controlled SSDs, as in the RevoDrive 3 x2 480GB PCIe SSD we are testing today, use compression techniques in storage whereas many others do not. This creates a bit of confusion when enthusiasts test the drive with random data through benchmarking programs such as AS SSD and Crystal Diskmark.
OCZ RevoDrive 3 x2 PCIe SSD Review – 1.5GB Read/1.25GB Write/200,000 IOPS As Little As $699
28 June 2011
Excerpt: 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.