Specifications, Pricing and Availability
OCZ Technology launched the RevoDrive in seven different capacity sizes. These range from 50GB and go all the way to 480GB. For connectivity the RevoDrive uses a PCIe 4x connector that will plug into nearly all PCIe slots other than a physical 1x slot. Unlike the io-Drive, the RevoDrive is bootable which means you will actually be able to load your operating system on the RevoDrive and use all of the benefits of SSDs the way they were meant to be used.
When it comes to performance we see that OCZ has stated two separate envelopes that are divided by capacity. The 50 and 80GB drives are limited to around 540MB/s read and 450MB/s write. The larger drives retain the same 540MB/s read speed, but the write speed goes all the way up to 480MB/s. That is a lot of performance for the price. Speaking of which :-
The above price list was taken from internet e-tailer Sparko.com. Today we will be focusing on the 120GB model, the product we are reviewing today and also the model we think most enthusiasts will be looking at.
For comparison data we will look at the Vertex 2 prices at MyDigitalDiscount.com. MDD has the 60GB Vertex 2 at 174.99 right now; you need two to get to 120GB in RAID 0 like the RevoDrive. That comes out to roughly 350 USD for just the drives and no RAID controller. MDD also lists the 120GB single drive Vertex 2 at 344.99 USD. Keep in mind that the single drive is limited to 285MB/s read and 275MB/s write speeds.
On the other hand, we have the OCZ RevoDrive in 120GB capacity that Sparco is listing at 392.20 and it has a built in RAID controller and a nice simple package that is setup in RAID, ready to go right out of the box. So you are paying a bit of a price premium right from the start, but at the same time you are gaining convenience with a dash of coolness at the same time.
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