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Solid state drives are fast, cutting edge hardware, but most of them are very similar and provide fairly similar performance. The typical 128GB SSD fits into a 2.5″ format, connects via SATA, and is able to provide read performance of up to 200 MB/s and write performance of up to 150 MB/s. That’s very quick, which is the reason why SSDs are becoming popular in spite of the costs. Yet the fact that these drives are similar doesn’t mean it’s the only way these products can be – as the OCZ RevoDrive proves.

We’ve got one 120GB OCZ RevoDrive to give away to a very lucky MakeUseOf reader. Find out how you can be the one.

Why PCI?

Unlike most SSDs, the OCZ RevoDrive is mounted on a PCIe board and connects via a PCIe 4x slot. This change is not merely aesthetic, either, nor is it meant simply for people who’ve already filled all of their SATA ports. The choice to go with PCIe is instead driven by bandwidth. OCZ quotes read speeds of up to 540 MB/s and write speeds of up to 480 MB/s. These speeds are two to three times what you’d normally expect from a solid state drive, and PCIe 4x provides the bandwidth needed to transfer such large volumes of data.

Benchmarks

Does the RevoDrive manage to obtain the quoted speeds? Check out the benchmark results below.

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The OCZ RevoDrive generally stomps the competition. The SSD was able to meet is promised speeds in the ATTO benchmark, and was able to come close in the SiSoft Sandra benchmarks. More importantly, it proved itself capable of dominating the typical SATA drive.

This performance gap is courtesy of the RevoDrive’s two Sandforce controllers, which run in a RAID 0 configuration. Most solid state drives are capable of this level of performance if they are placed into a RAID 0 configuration and given adequate bandwidth, but the RevoDrive has the RAID controller on-board. This simplifies the setup dramatically from user’s perspective. Ease of use is aided by the fact that the RevoDrive is bootable, a trait that some earlier PCIe drives couldn’t claim. OCZ also covers the drive with a 3 year warranty.

The Practical Details

On the downside, the RevoDrive’s unique configuration makes traditional TRIM support impossible. TRIM is an important garbage-collection tool Why TRIM is Important to Solid State Hard Drives? [Technology Explained] Why TRIM is Important to Solid State Hard Drives? [Technology Explained] Read More that helps keeps solid state drives running like new. Without it, the performance of a SSD will degrade over time. This performance degradation will gradually reduce the read and write speeds of the drive. However, the SandForce controller that is used with this product is known to handle performance degradation more gracefully than most. The average enthusiast is unlikely to notice the difference – this issue is most relevant to the drive’s usage in specific computers such as web servers, which have to deal with read/write requests 24 hours a day.

The 120GB version of the OCZ RevoDrive typically retails for $299.99. For comparison, the popular 120GB Intel X25-M will set you back $229.99. The slight increase in price compared to  your typical SATA drive of similar capacity is more than justified by the drive’s incredible performance.

Of course, you may not have to worry about price, because Makeuseof will be giving away one of these lightening-quicker SSDs. If you’re looking for a way to make your fellow geeks jealous this holiday season, the OCZ RevoDrive is for you!

How do I win it?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.


STEP 1
Join our Facebook page by clicking the Like button or you can follow us on Twitter, if you prefer. If you’re already following us, you may skip this step.

If you can’t see the fanbox, click on this link.

STEP 2
Here’s our giveaway form. Please fill it in accurately. Be sure to enter your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner. Click here if you can’t view the form.
The giveaway is over.

STEP 3
You’re almost done. Now, all that’s left to do is to share the post. There are 2 options to choose from or you can do both!

Like it on Facebook

Or share it on Twitter

And that’s it! You’re done!
Giveaway eligibility
You must be a fan of our Facebook page to enter;
Individuals who are over the age of 18. If you are under 18, get your parents to participate on your behalf;
Individuals who reside in a country embargoed by the United States; Belgium, Norway, Sweden, or India are not permitted to enter.

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, December 31st at 2100hrs PST. The winners will be selected at random and announced via email.

Spread the word to your friends and have fun!

MakeUseOf would like to thank OCZ Technology for their generosity while participating in this giveaway. Interesting in sponsoring? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.

  1. Arif Ariff
    January 12, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    hello make use of......waiting for announcement winner

  2. Roy
    January 1, 2011 at 2:36 am

    I not much in the way of using facebook but it has put me in contact with some old friends and cousins that had drifted away. If I could win the SSD It would be incredible.My wife wont even cut the funds loose for a new computer much less a SSD.

  3. John
    December 31, 2010 at 12:44 am

    FusionIO duo cards are was faster, more reliable, smaller (fit in half length slots, which these are just a hair too big).

    They also cost 10x as much...

  4. Johnny
    December 27, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Shared on both facebook and twitter multiple times. I think I jizzed a little when I saw the tweet at first. And then I saw it was PCIe, and the rest of the load came out. Amazing tweet was effing amazing.

  5. Sarbjit
    December 27, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    The semicolon in the sentence "Individuals who reside in a country embargoed by the United States; Belgium, Norway, Sweden, or India are not permitted to enter." makes me read it like residents of Belgium, Norway Sweden or India can not participate.
    Can someone confirm that?

    • ænon1mus
      December 28, 2010 at 10:10 am

      That is correct.

  6. Sarbjit
    December 27, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    The semicolon in the sentence "Individuals who reside in a country embargoed by the United States; Belgium, Norway, Sweden, or India are not permitted to enter." makes me read it like residents of Belgium, Norway Sweden or India can not participate.
    Can someone confirm that?

  7. Russ
    December 26, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    I ordered one for my PC to find it didn't work with it so had to send it back :(
    Then the damn PC died on me so I had to get a new i7 set up (not downgrading to Dual Core *shudder*)
    The Revodrive will apparantly work with my new system, on the Sabertooth X58. Shame I haven't any more money otherwise I'd buy another one :(

  8. Russ
    December 26, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    I ordered one for my PC to find it didn't work with it so had to send it back :(
    Then the damn PC died on me so I had to get a new i7 set up (not downgrading to Dual Core *shudder*)
    The Revodrive will apparantly work with my new system, on the Sabertooth X58. Shame I haven't any more money otherwise I'd buy another one :(

  9. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Most have!

  10. leslie
    December 22, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Nice giveaway.

    I wanted to try an ssd for a while now. My PC came with a short amount of RAM and a slow HDD drive, so it can get pretty slow.

    I can't really afford a solid state drive, and I'm a frequent power user, so this could be very useful to me. Please count me in :)

  11. leslie
    December 23, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Nice giveaway.

    I wanted to try an ssd for a while now. My PC came with a short amount of RAM and a slow HDD drive, so it can get pretty slow.

    I can't really afford a solid state drive, and I'm a frequent power user, so this could be very useful to me. Please count me in :)

  12. KrazyK89
    December 22, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    I'd definitely benefit from this, because I'm a PC gamer.

  13. ZlateWay
    December 22, 2010 at 1:41 am

    I have a feeling... :)

  14. Jayesh
    December 21, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Ahh! I would love this! Always wanted something like this in fact!
    Thanks for this opportunity! :D

  15. Goran Bosic
    December 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Entered as well..

  16. Ritaload
    December 21, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    I would certainly appreciate winning this. Anyone who has a slow and sometimes dysfunctional computer such as mine, would not only love it but very much appreciate winning this prize!

  17. Jayesh
    December 21, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Ahh! I would love this! Always wanted something like this in fact!
    Thanks for this opportunity! :D

  18. Mike_Samms
    December 21, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    This would be sweet boost to by computer

  19. Bionic
    December 21, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Maybe you should look over your embargoed list

  20. Vaibhav Srivastava
    December 19, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    count me in too... already shared on twitter and also liked in facebook...

    vibhusri@twitter.com
    vibhusri@facebook.com

  21. Vaibhav Srivastava
    December 19, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    count me in too... already shared on twitter and also liked in facebook...

    vibhusri@twitter.com
    vibhusri@facebook.com

  22. Chili
    December 19, 2010 at 4:11 am

    is malaysia eligible to win this prize? i love it so much!

  23. Bryan "bytehead" Price
    December 19, 2010 at 2:11 am

    Entered, thanks.

  24. Ernest
    December 18, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    This is the most apt giveaway for me so far! This is fantastic!

  25. Robbie5oh
    December 18, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    would love to win this! Can't afford to buy one, and I would if I could! I am gratefull for the chance anyway.

  26. Thomas Stachelski
    December 18, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    entered and shared on facebook and twitter. thanks for another great givaway!!

  27. Dav532000
    December 18, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    This looks like a nice giveaway, wud like 1 of these, entered on both.

  28. Rodolfo Charvet Santillan Jr.
    December 18, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Nice giveaways ,hoping i win this time :-)

  29. Deep S.
    December 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    What does embargoed mean?

    • Razza
      December 26, 2010 at 5:29 pm

      means they have their trade blocked etc. You could have easily googled the word though!

  30. Anonymous
    December 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Great, i will need one, but good luck to all

  31. Silvia Iuliana
    December 18, 2010 at 8:28 am

    entered and share on facebook. excellent giveaway

  32. David Craker
    December 18, 2010 at 4:30 am

    Superb performer, 120Gb SSD drive from OCZ, how could you beat this!!!

  33. Mikael Karlsson
    December 17, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Awesome! Would make a great addition to my comp. Getting tired of the slowness of HDDs. :) Entered on both fb and twitter (@MikaelK75).

  34. Gaurav R
    December 17, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Entered. Done using @grajasekar on twitter and "Gaurav Rajasekar" on facebook.

  35. Daniel Telea
    December 17, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I would really need something like this. Thank you MakeUseOf for exceeding our expectations, thanks for the giveaways!

  36. Adrian M
    December 17, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    entered and share on facebook and twitter. thank you

  37. Josh Gunderson
    December 17, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Wonder how the FusionIO cards at work compare to these.

    • John
      December 30, 2010 at 11:44 pm

      FusionIO duo cards are was faster, more reliable, smaller (fit in half length slots, which these are just a hair too big).

      They also cost 10x as much...

  38. Lgolden491
    December 17, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I feel I must comment on these giveaway's.
    For those of us that do not participate in any of the social networks, it is unfair not to be able to enter the giveaways!

    • Izieh
      December 27, 2010 at 4:39 pm

      Or you could just create a throw away twitter account and use that.

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