As SATA SSD's fade into the sunset with nothing more to offer in terms of performance, NVMe PCIe SSDs are just beginning to flex some muscle. From an enthusiast's perspective, anything less than NVMe just doesn't cut it any more. We are delighted to finally have a legitimate alternative to Samsung's 950 Pro simply because it's never a good thing for one product to totally dominate the competition. OCZ's RD400 just about levels the playing field, which is great for consumers, because it helps drive innovation forward expanding the performance envelope.
We aren't totally surprised by how well OCZ's RD400 performs, after all we had the privilege of testing Toshiba's OEM version, so we knew the RD400 was going to make some noise. We speculated that the RD400 would give Samsung's 950 Pro a run for the money, and it does not disappoint. We feel that moderate workload performance is the best measurement of an SSDs performance in an enthusiast environment; in that respect, the 950 Pro has a bit of an edge over the RD400. However, if we factor in price point, transfer rates, sequential performance, and included M.2 to AIC adapter, that edge just about disappears. If we take things a step further and factor in available capacity points, then the edge goes to OCZ's RD400, simply because we feel that 512GB doesn't fully satisfy our need for capacity anymore.
Our user experience while running the RD400 as our OS disk is really as good as it gets. Even though the RD400 is OCZ's first stab at a consumer-based NVMe SSD, the RD400 is a polished piece of hardware. All three drives we reviewed performed flawlessly in every aspect and we didn't just test with empty secondary volumes, we installed Windows, drivers, and programs from scratch on each of the three drives we tested.
OCZ has covered every conceivable facet of SSD ownership with the RD400. You get the industry's best warranty, the industry's most comprehensive SSD maintenance software complete with a bootable option, M.2 to AIC adapter, and OCZ's performance enhancing proprietary NVMe driver that that can be F6 loaded with Windows 7. OCZ's RevoDrive 400 is more than just another SSD, it's the complete package.
OCZ's RevoDrive 400 M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD is TweakTown recommended.
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The Bottom Line: OCZ's RD400 M.2 NVMe SSD delivers performance and features that rivals the 950 Pro at a lower price point.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Drive Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 2 [Drive Details]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup, Drive Properties, & OCZ SSD Utility]
- Page 4 [Synthetic Benchmarks - ATTO & Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 5 [Synthetic Benchmarks - CrystalDiskMark & AS SSD]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (OS) - PCMark Vantage, PCMark 7 & PCMark 8]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks (Secondary) - IOPS, Response & Transfer Rate]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - PCMark 8 Extended]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) – 70/30 Mixed Workload]
- Page 10 [Maxed-Out Performance (MOP)]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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