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OCZ RevoDrive Combines 2 SSDs in RAID via PCI-E

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June 28, 2010 8:12:00 PM

Ease up on the speed... how about lower the price per GB :) .
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June 28, 2010 8:14:57 PM

On Thursday I have bought an OCZ Vertex. I had to bring it back because the Bios recognized it but it never appeared in Windows. The dealer checked it... controller dead. He gave me another one and I asked him to test it before I go home with it. So he did and guess what... controller of the drive dead.

Thats a 2 out of 2 so guess what I´ll never buy again... OCZ-SSD´s ;) 

Imho SSD´s are nowhere close to being reliable and a raid would just double the chance to lose your data. Ok you can make a copy of the raid´s data but it´s still not worth it at this price tag.
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June 28, 2010 8:27:17 PM

I have a 2nd generation Intel X25m 80g and it has been fantastic. Intel, at least, makes some great drives.
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June 28, 2010 8:28:05 PM

Are any drives reliable enough for striping? If you are so worried, use RAID-5... But to say they are so much less reliable despite not having any moving parts and having insanely long MTBFs (Mean Time Before Failures) it seems silly to harp on anything other than their price and the fact that in the rare event of a catastrophic failure without backup (which is not the drive's fault per se as any drive can unexpectedly fail) it is harder to retrieve said data from flash than from magnetic storage...
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June 28, 2010 8:35:49 PM

Okay now I feel bad about still having a hard drive...
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June 28, 2010 8:45:04 PM

That's not really too bad of prices. It's ridiculously high, don't get me wrong, but comparing it to buying a pair of SSD's, it's not that far fetched when you compare speeds.
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June 28, 2010 8:47:15 PM

kinda slow toms? i saw this on anandtech a few days ago.
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June 28, 2010 9:12:11 PM

Cheaper Z-Drive.
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June 28, 2010 9:23:08 PM

Wow, this drive would work wonders as a boot drive, but since i already have a SSD for boot drive, i could use it for my steam install! :D 
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June 28, 2010 9:39:30 PM

Work on that price point a little more guys and you have a winner!

I have a pair of orange SSDs from OCZ, and love them. Not too many upgrades these days blow your hair back after an install. A pair of SSD drives in RAID 0 is one of them. 500mbps is even faster than that for all but the latest releases! Prety cool!

I'm interested to see how long it takes before we end up with MBs with SSD chips built into them.
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Anonymous
June 28, 2010 10:37:45 PM

Not worth the PCIE-4 IMO. I don't know any mobos that will let me xfire/sli at x16 and still have a usable x4 path. I have two OCZ Summits striped on SATAIII (6gbps), which seems to be a better use of limited resources on today's mobos.

tldr: SATAIII > PCIE-4 for SSDs.
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June 29, 2010 1:23:51 AM

But don't forget that PCIe devices are not bootable - the BIOS wouldn't even think it was a disk. It will only run as a second disk, with the (Windows only) device driver installed on the system disk.
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June 29, 2010 2:17:41 AM

For the speed and size that it gives, this is def worth going for over a pair of ssd's in sli., Though my only issue is... boards can get kind of limited on thier pci-e slots quickly.

graphics (1-2), sound card 1. then possible others being raid card for larger HDD's for storage since unless your rich your not building your computer with straight SSD's.

And after all that, you have maybe 1, or if lucky two PCI-e slots left, bleh
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June 29, 2010 2:51:53 AM

the SRP is quite competitive for the 120GB capacity, considering the price of SSD drives for the same capacity and performance.
no wonder, its out of stock and pricier.
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June 29, 2010 3:15:19 AM

Wow, pricey
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June 29, 2010 4:08:11 AM

EDIT: Turns out you can boot from these. 500 MB/s read is insane...
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June 29, 2010 5:04:24 AM

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To be honest I thought it would be a lot pricier... but I don't think you can boot from PCI-e SSDs, so no thanks.


Um I do wonder if you people even read the article some times
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Both versions will also be bootable, promising quicker boot-ups


Not to mention... what do you think raid cards do..., they boot in a PCI(varying types) slot
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Anonymous
June 29, 2010 6:24:12 AM

No Trim though as you can't do trim with Raid yet.. TBD how it performs after it gets full. Love where this is going though!
I's speculate for boot they have some SATA plug that handles the initial boot and it switches somehow after it gets running..
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June 29, 2010 6:53:28 AM

How to these compare to OCZ's Z-Drive, such as http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... which has a thousand dollar price tag for 256GB?

"Not worth the PCIE-4 IMO. I don't know any mobos that will let me xfire/sli at x16 and still have a usable x4 path. I have two OCZ Summits striped on SATAIII (6gbps), which seems to be a better use of limited resources on today's mobos."

Today's mobos don't have limited resources. Remember that no single-GPU card needs more than 8 PCIe lanes (PCIe 2.0 is double the speed of 1.0). Take a board like the MSI 790FX-GD70. With two graphics cards and one of these SSDs in there they'd all have a perfectly useable 8 lanes apiece. Unless you're running dual HD5970s, there's no motherboard issue here.
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June 29, 2010 7:07:11 AM

You got the speed what about reliability for those products. You have set those under RAID 0?
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June 29, 2010 7:15:15 AM

Why ont just make a SATA 3 SSD already? D=
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June 29, 2010 7:53:02 AM

The 790fx, and X58 are not good examples of available PCI-e lanes as they have such a large amount and are more for enthusiasts. The real question is how these will fit into Server and Workstation mobos as these will be the main application of this HDD. For instance the G34's SR5650 chipset only has 20 PCI-e lanes available.
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June 29, 2010 8:16:33 AM

^ Correct me if I'm wrong, but these drives are more aimed at the enthusiast user market (890FX/790FX/X58 motherboard users), because the servers are more concerned about stability and security, which RAID 0 does not provide.
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Anonymous
June 29, 2010 1:33:17 PM

It's for anyone who wants fast drive performance like audio and video professionals, scientific modeling... not enthusiast. For gaming, it's not going to be of any benefit because a velociraptor is enough to play your little movie or whatever. Editing large chunks of video or audio is where this card will scream. It's geared for professionals.
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June 29, 2010 2:05:23 PM

Gin FushichoWhy ont just make a SATA 3 SSD already? D=


Did you mean, why doesn't OCZ make a SATA 3 drive already? Cause there already are SATA 3 SSDs from Crucial...the C300 128/256
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June 29, 2010 2:55:47 PM

Some day soon we will all have SSD's. We will look back and say "Remember the Hard Disk Drive?"
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June 29, 2010 3:45:41 PM

pffft. Scary prices...
I bought a Gateway tower with 16MB of RAM , 1.6GB drive, intel 133mhz pentium with 3cd changer and floppy.... $4000!

You punks don't know how good you have it ...get off my lawn.
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Anonymous
June 29, 2010 7:01:42 PM

And my lawn too - My first IDE drive was 340 MEGS and I paid $339.00 for it, a bargain because I got it at cost. These young whippersnappers.......
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July 5, 2010 2:37:20 PM

In response to __-_-_-__'s comment on 06/30/2010. Seriously, are you comparing a few thousand dollar enterprise ssd to the revo? This is a big deal for the standard household. While the price point of 389.99 isn't wonderful its a heck of a lot better then the price of 2 ssd's that could equal that performance level. That and supposedly it will have its own garbage collection routine so trim wont be an issue. To me this is the first real step towards inexpensive ssd's which eventually will happen.
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September 3, 2010 9:57:13 AM

After weeks of trying to decide on which SSD to go for, humping and haring over prices and specifications. I have just ordered a OCZ RevoDrive PCI-Express SSD - 120 GB for £277.77 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/226770. Its a lot of money hopefully for a lot of kit. Failing that I can always return it lol.

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Anonymous
September 5, 2010 8:04:17 AM

doesnt matter how fast your storage is, the os and anti-virus manufacturers will subsequently bring out a new product that makes your pride and joy storage device grind to a halt doing pretty much nothing.
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September 5, 2010 12:03:34 PM

Lmao true Dingoballs. Not just that there is the psychological aspect of all this new hyped up kit. Must admit I'm totally brainwashed into thinking I need it NOW lol.
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