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OCZ Technology RevoDrive 120GB PCIe Solid State Drive - Final Thoughts

Nothing gets the heart racing like the thought of PCIe SSDs. Nothing gets the data flowing as fast either. But how does it affect your wallet?

| SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jul 28, 2010 3:43 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%      Manufacturer: OCZ Technology

Final Thoughts

 

The OCZ RevoDrive is a unique product that is simple and complex at the same time. Right out of the box the RevoDrive is setup and ready to go without any configuration. You just plug the drive into an available PCIe slot and install Windows with the Silicon Image "F6" driver. Once Windows is installed users looking for RAID performance with minimal fuss are all set, it is really that easy. On the other side are the enthusiasts that like to play with their hardware to get the most out of it. For those of you who are looking to tweak and tune for specific applications, the RevoDrive is your golden ticket without spending big money on a high dollar RAID controller.

 

When it comes to pricing and availability, the RevoDrive has already been spotted at a few places and OCZ lists those on their official product page. Our 120GB RevoDrive is listed at all of them as being in stock, but the prices range from over 500 USD to under 400USD. The best prices we found so far were used in the specifications page and they were from an e-tailer called Sparco.com. Hopefully MyDigitalDiscount.com gets the RevoDrive in stock so we can see what the absolute best price will be on these. As it sits right now, looking at the MDD prices on the Vertex 2 to the Sparco prices on the RevoDrive, there is a price premium paid for the RevoDrive and some users may still just opt for dual 60GB Vertex 2 drives and run them on the onboard Intel ICH RAID. Pricing is going to play a big role in which direction enthusiasts look to for ultimate performance, but those looking for a simple plug and play RAID solution should look to the RevoDrive for its ability to just work and work well right out of the box.

 

Even though performance is very good and the price is right, there are still some underlying issues with the RevoDrive that should be addressed. The first is TRIM support; you are most likely never going to have TRIM support with the Silicon Image 3124. I really hate to say that considering everything OCZ engineers have been able to accomplish in the past, but I think writing drivers for the Silicon Image 3124 with TRIM support is just too steep of a hill for them to climb. To be fair, Intel does not support TRIM in RAID 0 either. The only company to even claim TRIM support under RAID 0 is HighPoint and even that is questioned since it appears that the drives we tested with the HighPoint 600 Series used their onboard garbage collection more efficiently than what TRIM offered.

 

OCZ couldn't have picked a better SSD controller to use in RAID since the SandForce SF-1200 has the lowest performance degradation of all the SSDs we have ever tested. This comes from the propriety Durawrite system and the drives onboard garbage collection that is by far the best we have seen. Even after we hammered the RevoDrive on all three configurations, the performance remained within a couple of percent of the original numbers. This is something that wasn't possible with our RAID tests on the Crucial C300 or any Indilinx BareFoot RAID tests.

 

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