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OCZ Launches PCIe-Based HDD/SDD Hybrid Drive

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OCZ has launched the RevoDrive Hybrid, a PCI Express-based storage solution combining SDD and HDD drives on one PCIe card.

Wednesday OCZ Technology announced the shipment of its RevoDrive Hybrid, a unique PCI Express-based storage solution that combines SSD and hard disk drive (HDD) technologies on one add-on card.

By bypassing the SATA bottleneck, OCZ's RevoDrive Hybrid promises transfer speeds up to 910 MB/s and up to 120,000 IOPS (4K random write). The SSD aspect reportedly uses a SandForce SF-2281 controller and the hard drive platters spin at 5,400rpm. On a whole, the hybrid drive makes good use of the company's proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture.

But because the PCIe drive partially relies on old-school HDD technology, the overall product only has a mean time between failures (MTBF) of 600,000 hours – a third of the typical MTBF for SSDs. That said, the shortened lifespan is a tradeoff for the zippy speed across the PCIe bus, as even the PCIe-based RevoDrive X2 SDD only manages up to 740 MB/s reads and up to 720 MB/s writes, depending on the capacity.

Wednesday OCZ also said that the RevoDrive Hybrid comes bundled with Dataplex caching software which dynamically manages the use of the 100 GB SSD with the 2.5-inch 1TB HDD for "superior overall storage performance." This means the most frequently used "hot" data will stay on the SSD whereas the "cold" data will remain on the larger capacity HDD.

"Advanced caching algorithms learn user behavior and adapt storage policies to ensure optimal performance for each individual user, maximizing productivity for the most demanded programs and applications," the company explained in a press release.

"The RevoDrive Hybrid leverages the best attributes of both solid state drives and traditional hard drive technology to deliver dynamic data-tiering on a single easy to deploy PCIe storage drive," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. "Leveraging Dataplex software to efficiently manage frequently accessed data delivers superior performance and capacity, making the RevoDrive Hybrid the ideal solution for high performance computing and media content creation."

OCZ's 1 TB RevoDrive Hybrid comes backed by a three-year warranty and will be available worldwide for an MSRP of $499.99.

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    utengineer , September 1, 2011 8:08 PM
    amk-aka-phantomI don't see a point of those.... you don't want extra devices in the PCI/PCI Express slots. Normally, GPUs cover everything; you're lucky if you can stuff in a sound card or a WLAN one...

    You don't see the point because you are thinking like a gamer and not a professional. The drive is marketed for high performance computing and media content creation. These types of customers usually have one GPU in their workstation and none in their servers. This type of drive benefits them more so.
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    dalethepcman , September 1, 2011 10:48 PM
    What happens when you stick a $55 HDD and $170 SSD onto a $5 PCB?

    OCZ think'a they can make an extra $250 appear.
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    Kamab , September 1, 2011 7:45 PM
    SSD*
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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 1, 2011 7:53 PM
    I don't see a point of those.... you don't want extra devices in the PCI/PCI Express slots. Normally, GPUs cover everything; you're lucky if you can stuff in a sound card or a WLAN one...
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    randomstar , September 1, 2011 8:05 PM
    I can not see this as a bad thing. Similar devices have existed in the past, but perhaps this will be a better product?
    still, about $150.00 too high..
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    jackofhearts495 , September 1, 2011 8:06 PM
    great idea. no need for conventional hard drives or SSD's. This is definitely the epitome of convenience of speed - nearly 1gb/s. Nice.
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    cadder , September 1, 2011 8:07 PM
    600,000 hours MTBF? This IS OCZ that we're talking about here, I thought their MTBF was usually between 0 hours and 7 days. (At least according to the hundreds of people that post feedback on newegg.com.)

    But about the technology itself- Seagate has hybrid drives too. IF the caching algorythm is good this would seem to be a decent technology. I would like to have drives such as these in all of my machines.
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    utengineer , September 1, 2011 8:08 PM
    amk-aka-phantomI don't see a point of those.... you don't want extra devices in the PCI/PCI Express slots. Normally, GPUs cover everything; you're lucky if you can stuff in a sound card or a WLAN one...

    You don't see the point because you are thinking like a gamer and not a professional. The drive is marketed for high performance computing and media content creation. These types of customers usually have one GPU in their workstation and none in their servers. This type of drive benefits them more so.
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    Anonymous , September 1, 2011 8:15 PM
    3 year warranty is that a joke? $50 Seagates have a 3 year warranty. A drive sporting that kind of price should be at least 5. At 500 bucks a pop you're well into enterprise level territory.
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    JohnnyLucky , September 1, 2011 8:15 PM
    SandForce based ssd's have had more than their fair share of problems and issues. I wonder how long before something goes wrong with this hybrid.
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    aznshinobi , September 1, 2011 8:54 PM
    Why can't we just start the R&D for tech like the Momentus XT. Something we consumers can afford w/o breaking bank.
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    Ciuy , September 1, 2011 9:07 PM
    500$ ... WTF !!!! Make `em cheaper so we can all have them.
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    malphas , September 1, 2011 9:11 PM
    utengineerYou don't see the point because you are thinking like a gamer and not a professional. The drive is marketed for high performance computing and media content creation. These types of customers usually have one GPU in their workstation and none in their servers. This type of drive benefits them more so.

    And even most gamers aren't running crossfire/SLI.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 1, 2011 9:16 PM
    Quote:
    You don't see the point because you are thinking like a gamer and not a professional. The drive is marketed for high performance computing and media content creation. These types of customers usually have one GPU in their workstation and none in their servers. This type of drive benefits them more so.


    Of course I'm thinking like a gamer. It'd be stupid to think my POV applies to "professional" stuff. Obviously I say what *I* think about it...
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    Cryio , September 1, 2011 9:17 PM
    I remember when I bought my video card. The 9600GT 512 was like 150 $ cheaper than 8800GT AND 9600GT 1GB. Good times
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    thomasxstewart , September 1, 2011 9:31 PM
    for money get faster than revo 3 pci-e3 @ $420 & 120 GB, clocking ~800 MB/s, Extra 1 TB flying around able to come to surface @ 900 MB/s, all integrated together, well, thats .45 cents GB or1/4 cost of pci-e SSD thats mere 1/4 faster & much smaller in data sttorage. Sure its 10X cost of TB HDD, yet super slow, also, so much legacy pci-e stuff exists, if be pci-e3 with 8 SF 2281 or other even faster controllers, Wow, talkin' 4 GB/s Potential DAT FAST. Need some pretty powerful main & cpu, memory & gpu discrete card, Call IT:Flipper, Faster than Lightening, Flipper King of Sea.....

    Drashek Hopefulologists....
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    jecastej , September 1, 2011 9:36 PM
    Why OCZ included the 2.5 HD as the only option?

    If they give us a card without HD we could use another HD or maybe one we already have. This will also lower the price. If they don't someone else will, please.
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    kalidasa , September 1, 2011 9:37 PM
    amk-aka-phantomOf course I'm thinking like a gamer. It'd be stupid to think my POV applies to "professional" stuff. Obviously I say what *I* think about it...

    Don't understand this response. Who here is a mind reader?
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    christop , September 1, 2011 10:39 PM
    after adding another 5850 I have no slots open for this. The price is kinda high also.
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    dalethepcman , September 1, 2011 10:48 PM
    What happens when you stick a $55 HDD and $170 SSD onto a $5 PCB?

    OCZ think'a they can make an extra $250 appear.
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    alextheblue , September 1, 2011 10:59 PM
    jecastejWhy OCZ included the 2.5 HD as the only option? If they give us a card without HD we could use another HD or maybe one we already have. This will also lower the price. If they don't someone else will, please.
    Well that sounds nice, but I'd be happy enough if they just offered a couple of HDD options. A 7200RPM drive of some variety would be nice. Anyway, I understand their desire to avoid compatibility testing with every drive.
    randomstarI can not see this as a bad thing. Similar devices have existed in the past, but perhaps this will be a better product?still, about $150.00 too high..
    This definitely seems better than similar products in the past, by design. If the caching software is good, it will probably be pretty darn good. But yes, it is a bit pricey. They should offer a slower model with 60-80GB of cache and a 750GB HDD. If it was half as expensive, it would still be a nice drop-in upgrade for a lot of machines. Simple to manage too, good for customers who don't want to juggle software and files between multiple drives.
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    Anonymous , September 1, 2011 11:33 PM
    Looks like an updated Hardcard; disk+controller in a card.
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