Reviews and Problems with OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid Series (RVDHY-FH)
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OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid Review
20 February 2013
Conclusion: If you look online at places like Newegg and Amazon the reviews are pretty low in number and in rating, but these reviews are all based off the first generation of this product. The original Firmware for the SSD had problems that needed to be worked out that much is obvious and after the SandForce problems they have moved forward and use their own OCZ SuperScale Storage Controller /VCA 2.0 (Virtualized Controller Architecture) to control the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid This...
Conclusion: During regular usage, the RevoDrive Hybrid never really seemed to slow to hard drive speeds. The DataPlex software caches data very quickly and appears to rotate the cold data off quickly as well. In fact, performance began to improve immediately after the reboot required by the DataPlex software installation, and never slowed down after that.
Conclusion: The RevoDrive Hybrid is a unique product which is difficult to compare. At its present market price it is a very nice deal just looking at the hardware specifications alone. The 1TB enterprise HDD provides the benefit of drive size, and the RAID-configured SATA III compatible SSD chips in caching mode gives us a great speed boost; with the caching algorithm, it seems to be a seamless venture into a high-capacity, high-speed solution.
Pros: SSD-like Performance, Easy Installation, Easy to use software, 3 Year Warranty
Cons: Must be used as the install drive, Has room for many more NAND
Summary: Final Thoughts
When it comes to pure performance once your data is cached the RevoDrive Hybrid is one of the fastest drives that we have tested to date! The only drive that even came close was OCZ’s own
. With speeds of just under 1GB/s read and just over 800MB/s write in ATTO Disk Benchmark we were very impressed.
Pros: One of the fastest drives we have tested, Reasonable price for performance / capacity, 3 year warranty, Bootable
Cons: Can only be used with Windows 7, Data must first be cached before you see the true performance
Conclusion: Ideally you’ll be using the RevoDrive Hybrid as a bootable drive, because after installing Windows 7, you’ll need to download the Dataplex software from OCZ’s website as well. Dataplex, however, can only be downloaded once you enter the CDkey that comes on the RevoDrive Hybrid. Basically Dataplex will enable you to use the 120GB of onboard SSD space as cache for the 1TB HDD. Technically you only have 93GB of SSD and 931GB of the HDD as useable space.
Excerpt: Over the last few months, we have taken a look at a couple of OCZ-built products that leverage the company’s SuperScale Storage Accelerator with VCA (Virtualized Controller Architecture) 2.0. The first product to arrive was the RevoDrive 3 X2 , which is a high-end, PCI Express SSD targeted at ultra-enthusiasts and workstation customers. Then came the extreme OCZ Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD , which caters to the enterprise.
Pros: Super Fast Under Ideal Conditions, Tiny and no power connectors required, Cache algo works very quickly
Cons: Somewhat pricey, Slow HD speeds with uncached data, Must be installed as the boot volume (currently)
Conclusion: In terms of features there is plenty to like about the RevoDrive Hybrid, we get simple maintenance through the OCZ Toolbox which includes the ability to update firmware quickly and easily. In addition to this we should receive support for TRIM in the future.
An ideal solution for those who want the benefits of a high capacity SSD without the costs normally associated with 1TB of NAND Flash storage.
Excerpt: As much as I like to site on my sofa or in my office chair and preach about the benefits of solid state drives, there are two issues that are difficult to overlook. SSDs are expensive when compared to traditional mechanical drives and they can't offer the same high capacity points either. The category for this is price vs. capacity and in this category SSDs have a poor track record.
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.