Reviews and Problems with OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid Series (RVDHY-FH)
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OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid review
13 May 2012
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
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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.
Summary: OCZ’s RevoDrive Hybrid, their latest twist on the PCI-E SSD genre, is something that users without SATA III supporting hardware may give serious consideration to, but those that have more modern boards have more compelling options to choose from.
Summary: So then, the RevoDrive Hybrid is a promising technology. You do need to be aware of the upsides and the one downside of it. Let's deal with that first, the overall initial write performance (1st write to HDD) is not what I had hoped to be and that could be a rather significant factor for many of you. Where the product shines though is of course the overall experience -- combining the good from the HDD with the good from the SSD.
Conclusion: The idea of a hybrid storage solution that combines the capacity of a traditional hard drive with SSD performance isn’t anything new but it has evolved quite rapidly in a short amount of time. We have seen some primitive yet functional solutions and more sophisticated designs but their goals are all the same: to temporarily bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies.
Excerpt: 54 Flares 54 Flares × The Solid State Drive industry has been rolling ahead at an incredible pace this year, with many companies releasing a range of performance drives for demanding enthusiast users. OCZ have been at the forefront of this market, with a portfolio of quality drives targeting a wide audience.