We’ve got one 120GB OCZ RevoDrive to give away to a very lucky MakeUseOf reader. Find out how you can be the one.
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.
Does the RevoDrive manage to obtain the quoted speeds? Check out the benchmark results below.
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 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!
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