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OCZ Reveals New Bootable PCIe SSD

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 44 comments

Users can boot their PC using OCZ's new 2nd-generation RevoDrive.

Thursday OCZ Technology Group announced the launch of its new bootable RevoDrive X2 PCI-Express SSD. Building upon the original 1st-generation RevoDrive, the new version boasts speeds up to 740 MB/s and up to 120,000 IOPS, almost three times the throughput of other high-end SATA-based solutions.

According to OCZ, the new SSD gets its "edge" by bypassing the SATA II bottleneck and utilizing a PCIe x4 interface. It also improves on the previous version's design by incorporating four Sandforce-1200 controllers (instead of two) while maintaining the same onboard RAID 0 layout. However unlike other competing solutions, the drive is bootable, allowing for super-fast startups.

"Building on the success of the original design, we are excited to introduce the RevoDrive X2, which delivers both increased performance and capacity, making the RevoDrive X2 a viable option for a wide spectrum of applications that include professional graphic design, multimedia rendering, and workstations," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. "With our recently announced new state-of-the-art SSD manufacturing facility in Taiwan, OCZ will continue to be at the forefront of developing and deploying game-changing solid state storage solutions."

The RevoDrive X2 PCI-Express SSD comes in six capacities--100 GB, 160 GB, 240 GB, 360 GB, 480 GB and 960 GB. Drives with capacities of 100 GB to 160 GB offer read speeds up to 740 MB/s and write speeds up to 690 MB/s. Drives with capacities ranging from 240 GB to 960 GB offer read speeds up to 740 MB/s and write speeds up to 720 MB/s. All six are compatible with Windows XP 32/64, Vista 32/64 and Windows 7 32/64.

OCZ said the drives are now available through its global channel.

We also reported on Angelbird's Wings SSD, which has the ability to remove or add spare SSDs and also comes bootable out of the box.

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    Pyroflea , October 28, 2010 11:19 PM
    Ver' nice, how much?
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    ekulz , October 29, 2010 12:48 AM
    mrhappy50personally if I had $3,300 I would go buy 1TB of some good SSD's and maybe a computer to go with it.


    However you don't have $3,300.
  • 10 Hide
    joex444 , October 28, 2010 11:41 PM
    If you have to ask, you can't afford it.
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  • 8 Hide
    longshotthe1st , October 28, 2010 11:04 PM
    As Ali-G says, "Booyakasha!"
  • 13 Hide
    Pyroflea , October 28, 2010 11:19 PM
    Ver' nice, how much?
  • 4 Hide
    burnley14 , October 28, 2010 11:22 PM
    Any idea on cost? Or should I even ask . . . .
  • 1 Hide
    mdillenbeck , October 28, 2010 11:27 PM
    What I've been waiting for... at least, until I get sticker shock and buy a traditional drive.
  • 2 Hide
    kelemvor4 , October 28, 2010 11:29 PM
    First ssd I've really been interested in. I bet it's prohibitively expensive though. How much, Toms?
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    JerseyFirefighter , October 28, 2010 11:29 PM
    http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=56403&vpn=OCZSSDPX-1RVDX0960&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology

    yah..no thx k bai... Ill wait for my puter to boot up and write large files to disk
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    restatement3dofted , October 28, 2010 11:35 PM
    burnley14Any idea on cost? Or should I even ask . . . .


    NCIS (Canadian retailer) has them ranging from CAD $461 for the 100GB model up to CAD $3,330 for the 960GB drive. Quite an investment.

    E: See http://ncix.com/products/index.php?minorcatid=1275&subminorcatid=1134
  • 5 Hide
    silmarilwest , October 28, 2010 11:35 PM
    Sounds awesome but...
    Do they support TRIM?
  • 0 Hide
    toofly , October 28, 2010 11:40 PM
    $3,300 for the 1tb flavor. =/ wow.
  • 10 Hide
    joex444 , October 28, 2010 11:41 PM
    If you have to ask, you can't afford it.
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    cloudNINE , October 28, 2010 11:49 PM
    As toofly mentioned, do they support TRIM? Since most SSD's that I know of do not support TRIM in any form of raid, sounds like another expensive item that loses performance over 3 months before having to be rebuilt.
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    aaron88_7 , October 28, 2010 11:54 PM
    If it doesn't support TRIM it's impressive performance numbers will only last for so long. OCZ's previous Sata interfaced SSD's did not support TRIM, and considering this isn't mentioned in this article I can only assume it isn't supported on this one.

    Sorry, it's a decent idea, (except that most 4x PCIe interfaces are situated where a large GPU resides), but without TRIM it's pretty much useless.
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    JOSHSKORN , October 29, 2010 12:01 AM
    At this rate, I hope my computer holds out until 2012. Maybe by then, prices for 1TB SSD drives will be somewhat affordable...if we're lucky, but I'm not holding my breath on that.
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    looprix , October 29, 2010 12:11 AM
    blah blah blah, how much?
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    aaron88_7 , October 29, 2010 12:21 AM
    Looprixblah blah blah, how much?

    NewEgg doesn't currently carry these, buy Costcentral.com is selling the 100gb version for $464.04

    Buy.com is selling the 360gb version for 1112.94.

    You'd be amazed what information you could find out yourself if you learned how to do a simple search...
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    jupiter optimus maximus , October 29, 2010 12:22 AM
    2nd generation already?
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    mrhappy50 , October 29, 2010 12:29 AM
    personally if I had $3,300 I would go buy 1TB of some good SSD's and maybe a computer to go with it.
  • 11 Hide
    ekulz , October 29, 2010 12:48 AM
    mrhappy50personally if I had $3,300 I would go buy 1TB of some good SSD's and maybe a computer to go with it.


    However you don't have $3,300.
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    shin0bi272 , October 29, 2010 1:05 AM
    also if you have an intel chipset mobo you can pass trim commands directly through the south bridge and in theory it will work with the raid on these.
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    extremepcs , October 29, 2010 1:13 AM
    $3,300... That is some expensive trim! :) 
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