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OCZ Intros RevoDrive 3 and X2 PCI-E SSDs

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OCZ has officially launched its RevoDrive 3 and RevoDrive 3 X2 PCI-Express SSDs.

Wednesday OCZ launched its new "workstation class" RevoDrive 3 and RevoDrive 3 X2 lineup of PCI Express-based SSDs. These "drives" offer users monster performance, designed with the company's proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) technology to deliver maximum throughput in multithreaded applications.

"OCZ RevoDrive 3 PCIe SSDs use our VCA 2.0 technology to deliver superior performance and functionality for everything from scientific computing to high availability clustering," said Daryl Lang, Vice President of Product Management of OCZ Technology. "This exciting new workstation-class storage product accelerates application performance and takes full advantage of today's multithreaded processors and software, providing customers with greater throughput in an easy-to-deploy, single card solution."

According to the specs, the RevoDrive 3 provides sequential read and write speeds of up to 1 GB/s and up to 925 MB/s respectively, and random write (4K) performance of up to 130,000 IOPS. The specs of the RevoDrive 3 X2 are a bit meatier, with sequential read and write speeds of up to 1.5 GB/s and up to 1.25 GB/s respectively, and random write (4K) performance of up to 230,000 IOPS. Both models arrive in 240 and 480 GB capacities, but the RevoDrive 3 X2 also sports an additional 960 GB model.

So far the drives aren't available on the OCZ website or listed on online vendors like Amazon and Newegg, but you can check out our preview of the RevoDrive 3 X2 by heading here until the products finally go live. "The RevoDrive 3 X2 continues OCZ's tradition of delivering innovative technology able to serve up blistering performance to enthusiasts," Andrew said in his hands-on article. "It's not a business-class product. It's for the power user who is able to tax it using the right workload. If you're not one of those folks, the RevoDrive 3 X2 is seriously overkill."

Pricing for the X2 version includes $699.99 for the 240 GB model, $1699.99 for the 480 GB model, and an insane (but justified) $3199.99 for the 960 GB model.

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    DjEaZy , July 14, 2011 6:19 AM
    ... so what is next... ?
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    schwiing , July 14, 2011 7:01 AM
    I wonder what would happen if you put this SSD to 88mph
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    Pyree , July 14, 2011 7:38 AM
    ^+1 razorburn. If money is not a problem, get several and raid0 it.
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    x3style , July 14, 2011 8:40 AM
    razorburnAnother great addition to any Ultimate Gaming PC Builds..

    It would not make any sense to use it for a gaming rig.
    Graphic stations that are used to process uncompressed video, Database servers.
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    Anonymous , July 14, 2011 8:51 AM
    Yes, but can it run Crysis?
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    memadmax , July 14, 2011 11:11 AM
    I'm gonna get one of these things so that my monitor will melt when I boot up windows =D
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    memadmax , July 14, 2011 11:14 AM
    Yea, actually this is prolly not too useful for a gaming rig. Once you get a game loaded up in 8.1 jigawatts, in most cases the game is hard drive idle, if you have the ram. But I don't see too many people running 512 megs of ram then throwing one of these things at their system just to speed up the swap file....

    No, these cards would be very very useful in a busy database/web/file server.
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    palladin9479 , July 14, 2011 11:40 AM
    Depends on the games you play. RPG's like Elder Scrolls and Fallout 3 could indeed use this card. These games data resources are in the 8GB+ range, and with the 1.8GB application memory limitation on 32-bit systems they must frequently load data from disk and hope windows filesystem caching picks up on it. If the application comes with a 64-bit executable then it can access a much larger application memory space, but it still must load all that data off the disk, and even then newer games have more resource data then you have available memory.

    So basically, for console level ports this card is overkill, for PC titles then it's made of win.
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    drwho1 , July 14, 2011 1:09 PM
    now just wait a few years for the 960GB to drop to $50 bucks :) 
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    thebigt42 , July 14, 2011 1:31 PM
    I am waiting for the RevoDrive hybrid speed and capacity
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    macewrox , July 14, 2011 1:48 PM
    After my past experiences with OCZ, I'll wait until I spend that much money on one of their products.
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    Anonymous , July 14, 2011 2:19 PM
    Streaming game engines take advantage of SSDs, stop saying SSDs only affect the initial loading of the game. You don't know what you're talking about.
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    jacobdrj , July 14, 2011 7:16 PM
    I want my IsoLinear chip!
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    thebigt42 , July 14, 2011 8:07 PM
    Pyree^+1 razorburn. If money is not a problem, get several and raid0 it.

    Raid is already built into the card...Nothing would be gained.
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    nebun , July 14, 2011 9:01 PM
    Pyree^+1 razorburn. If money is not a problem, get several and raid0 it.

    lol, they are already configured in raid 0...
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    Niva , July 14, 2011 10:47 PM
    thebigt42Raid is already built into the card...Nothing would be gained.


    These things cannot be RAID-ed currently, probably won't ever be. These "drives" exchange information through the PCI bus with the rest of the system. RAID would require another controller to be placed between them and the system to actually do the RAID function... No such hardware exists at this moment.
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    dalauder , July 15, 2011 12:04 AM
    TeholbStreaming game engines take advantage of SSDs, stop saying SSDs only affect the initial loading of the game. You don't know what you're talking about.
    I'd like to see a benchmark showing higher fps with SSDs (I could see it impacting min framerates). If it doesn't impact fps, then I can't say it impacts much.
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    jacobdrj , July 15, 2011 1:27 PM
    dalauderI'd like to see a benchmark showing higher fps with SSDs (I could see it impacting min framerates). If it doesn't impact fps, then I can't say it impacts much.

    Don't know about you, but load times between levels are a HUGE drag... This will help between maps in Heroes V...
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    nebun , July 16, 2011 1:27 AM
    dalauderI'd like to see a benchmark showing higher fps with SSDs (I could see it impacting min framerates). If it doesn't impact fps, then I can't say it impacts much.

    i agree with you....an SSD do not improve FPS....if they do is very small, maybe 1-2fps
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    palladin9479 , July 16, 2011 10:14 PM
    Quote:
    I'd like to see a benchmark showing higher fps with SSDs (I could see it impacting min framerates). If it doesn't impact fps, then I can't say it impacts much.


    By this reasoning a 5400 RPM economy HDD would do you just fine for your games, yet I hear all the gamers grunt at the idea of going back to that.

    Stop using FPS as the game for everything, not every game is "generic military shooter #281", not every gamer enjoys playing a new version of "generic military shooter, call of duty 10" every year. There are games out there with resources bigger then the memory space available and thus they need to read different data sets as you play. "Loading Level" screens suck, especially if you need to run through three or four area's really fast. The second expansion of NWN2 was prime example of this, every single combat encounter was treated like a new level and the game had a "loading screen" every time, really slowed the gameplay down.
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