Looking over the current OCZ product line up above, we see that the company doesn't have a poor performing product anywhere in the mix. Both the consumer and enterprise lines are streamlined with solid leaps from one segment to the next. I was surprised by the introduction of the RevoDrive 350, though. OCZ has shown the AIO RAID product under the Vector PCIe name for over a year now at trade shows. There is still room on the map for one more consumer drive should OCZ decide to pull it out. LSI SandForce controllers still offer very good performance under consumer loads and scale very well when paired together in RAID. By this time, the controllers should be fairly low cost, so there was an incentive for OCZ to slap four of them together and use Toshiba Toggle flash to make an excellent workstation product.
We tested the RevoDrive 3 X2 in August of 2011, and the MSRP at the time was just over $1600. The new RevoDrive 350 is a continuation of that drive but with higher performance and half the cost. The fundamentals are still the same, though, and the RevoDrive series offers users very high performance without the hassle of building and configuring a RAID array. Given that most workstations are built on the Intel X79 platform, getting SATA III performance out of four drives means adding an expensive RAID controller already. OCZ just streamlined the process of adding a high performance storage subsystem to workstations.
Performance wise, the RevoDrive 350 delivers on OCZ's claims in full. We achieved higher than claimed performance in all of our benchmark tests. Getting the most out of this drive does require a heavy workload, though. SSDs have become so fast now that enthusiast and performance class drives meet the needs of demanding workloads. A few years ago, we would look at a RevoDrive 3 and use it in a gaming / video editing system, but that's no longer the case. Even OCZ's lowest end SKU, the Vertex 460, can handle those tasks with ease and still have performance to spare. The bar has been raised to a very high level, so when it comes to the RevoDrive 350, I'd suggest purchasing it only for the most demanding environments, like CAD / CAM or full time A/V production work.
When it comes to the workstation SSD market, there are very few products that fit the description. HP announced a new drive called Z-Turbo last week, but sadly our sample didn't arrive in time to compare it to the RevoDrive 350. We included the Comay BladeDrive in our performance charts, but Comay doesn't share the same distribution network that OCZ has; you can't really buy the BladeDrive anywhere that I know of.
After looking over the PCIe workstation offering at Newegg, the only other option is the Intel 910 PCIe drive, but 400GB of user capacity for $1999.99 isn't an attractive offering, especially considering it's tuned for enterprise workloads. What I did find is that the PCIe workstation market is currently, and has always been, dominated by OCZ. The RevoDrive series set the bar and continues to raise it with each progressive release.
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