OCZ RevoDrive looks to shake up SDD market

Written by Paul Goodhead

June 28, 2010 | 13:33

Tags: #raid #read-speed #ssd #write-speed

Companies: #ocz #sandforce

OCZ has introduced the RevoDrive; a new take on the not so humble SSD. The RevoDrive - due for release sometime in July - is essentially a pair of Sandforce equipped SSDs mounted to a PCB in a RAID array. The PCB uses a 4x PCI-E interface which OCZ claims allows the RevoDrive to "move beyond the bottleneck of SATA II".

Claimed speeds are similarly dramatic with read speeds of up to 540MB/s and write speeds of upto 480MB/s - more than double what we saw in our recent SSD group test.

You'd think all this performance would come with a hefty price tag, but OCZ has done a good job of keeping the price down with the 120GB RevoDrive costing £335 - only £25 more than the same capacity Vertex 2

The drive also comes in a 240GB flavour which is priced at a rather more wallet melting £600, but again is within touching distance of the same size Vertex drive.

OCZ even has the ability to increase performance in the future if needs be as the PCI-E to SATA controller chip used actually has the ability to handle four 3Gbps drives; leading to a 4-way RAID array. This will of course increase the price again as each individual drive still requires its own controller chip but we cant help drooling at the possible speeds available if OCZ ever develops a four drive version.

Granted, you could buy two smaller SSDs and set them up in RAID yourself and end up with largely similar performance but the RevoDrive offers a more simple option and a truck load of bragging rights to boot. It also frees up two internal hard disk bays, which could be a key motivation for anyone looking to mod a case extensively.

Are you looking at an SSD purchase? Are you tempted to hold off and see if the RevoDrive's performance claims pan out? Let us know in the forums.
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