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Primary Storage: OCZ RevoDrive X2

Tom's Hardware's 2010 Gift Guide: Part 1, For System Builders
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By: William Van Winkle

If you appreciate fast storage, then you’re no stranger to either SSD technology or to RAID architectures. And if you’ve stayed abreast of our SSD coverage, you know that we’re big fans of SandForce SSD controllers, which consistently help deliver some of the fastest read and write performance in today’s storage market. With the RevoDrive X2, OCZ now gives us the best of all worlds on a single four-lane PCI Express card.

Of course, we’ve been able to achieve high-performance SSD RAID for years simply by taking two or more SSDs and joining them in a RAID 0 through either the chipset’s integrated software-based support or a third-party controller card. Of course, this approach has several drawbacks. Unless you’re the foam and duct tape type, you probably needed a drive bay and mounting bracket for each SSD. Chipset-based RAID is an adequate but rarely optimal solution, and good discrete RAID controllers don’t come cheap.

OCZ solves all of these problems with the RevoDrive X2. The original RevoDrive took the same bank of eight Intel 34 nm MLC NAND chips you might expect to find on a quality SSD, bonded them with a SandForce SF-1222 controller, and planted them on a PCI Express card (rather than in a 2.5” drive enclosure). Then OCZ took another bank of eight MLC chips, another SF-1222 controller, planted it on the same PCB alongside the first set, and used a Silicon Image SiL 3124 PCI-X controller to tie the whole affair together in any of several possible RAID configurations, including top-speed RAID 0. With the X2, OCZ simply adds another deck of MLC memory, accompanied by another pair of SF-1222 controllers, fulfilling the quad-channel potential of that Sil3124.

Like the original RevoDrive, the X2 can be configured as a boot drive or as a secondary storage drive. All told, those four bonded channels of insanity spec out read speeds of up to 740 MB/s and writes of up to 720 MB/s. Sustained writes should level off at right around 600 MB/s. Using 4 KB random writes, expect up to 120,000 IOPS—a huge plus if Santa also happens to leave a data center-caliber ecommerce platform under your tree.

Capacities on the RevoDrive X2 range from 100 GB to 960 GB, with the top-end model currently listing for a snowball-busting $3259. OCZ warranties the X2 for three years, and the drive features a 2 million-hour MTBF. Check back for our official review of the X2 in the days to come. We haven't seen the performance figures that OCZ cites in its tech specs, but the drive is unquestionably the fastest SSD aimed at enthusiasts today.

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    alexttlyrocks , December 8, 2010 4:09 AM
    I'm only reading this article to look at the chicks
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    LuckyDucky7 , December 8, 2010 4:56 AM
    Alternative title:
    Gift Guide Part 1, for Deep Pockets :) 
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  • 16 Hide
    alexttlyrocks , December 8, 2010 4:09 AM
    I'm only reading this article to look at the chicks
  • 8 Hide
    rohitbaran , December 8, 2010 4:15 AM
    ^ Keep reading!
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    dogman_1234 , December 8, 2010 4:47 AM
    Wait until SB and BD.
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    Anonymous , December 8, 2010 4:47 AM
    Radeon 6870 girl ... someone forgot to photoshop her ^^
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    LuckyDucky7 , December 8, 2010 4:56 AM
    Alternative title:
    Gift Guide Part 1, for Deep Pockets :) 
  • 5 Hide
    squanto , December 8, 2010 4:59 AM
    scroll...picture....next...scroll..picture...
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    cangelini , December 8, 2010 5:28 AM
    LuckyDucky7Alternative title:Gift Guide Part 1, for Deep Pockets


    Phenom II for under $100? You must have those pockets that are sewn shut at the top, for decoration! =)
  • 5 Hide
    Bluescreendeath , December 8, 2010 6:01 AM
    girls > computer parts that we already know about
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    Silmarunya , December 8, 2010 7:53 AM
    Nice review, but I'd have liked to see advice for different budgets. For example, you could recommend a budget, mid range and high end product. For example, I'm currently in the market for a discrete sound card, but don't such an expensive one. On the other hand, I wouldn't be satisfied with a Phenom II X2. It's still a great article, mind you, but it'd have been nice to see some love for every end of the market.
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    Onus , December 8, 2010 11:40 AM
    ntrRadeon 6870 girl ... someone forgot to photoshop her ^^

    No, it's the taint that a Diamond product radiates. They're #2 on my personal "Do not buy" list, right after Belkin.
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    garyshome , December 8, 2010 11:47 AM
    The ps costs as much as the cpu and mb? So much for the budget.
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    sandmanwn , December 8, 2010 11:59 AM
    Quote:
    Ed: You'll have to pardon this little gem missing out on the gift guide photo shoot.

    Off with his head!!!
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    nevertell , December 8, 2010 12:26 PM
    The phenom II x2 555 is some of the BEST bang for the buck. I dropped it in my build, got a quad core running at 3,6 ghz for about 25 $ per core, and I didn't even have to disable any of the powersaving features or anything actually to get it working like this.
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    mi1ez , December 8, 2010 12:29 PM
    Why the hell does the US site work fine and the UK site have it'ss CSS in a twist?
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    tony singh , December 8, 2010 12:41 PM
    Some one gift me please....:) 
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    cknobman , December 8, 2010 1:10 PM
    I have no clue what products Toms is actually recommending here, too busy looking and the beautiful product modelers and not the actual products!!!
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    fausto , December 8, 2010 1:20 PM
    Toms needs to spend more money on the holiday Models department. seen much better chicks at Quakecon 2008. No offense to the ladies but some of you are not booth babe material
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    ta152h , December 8, 2010 1:24 PM
    Bluescreendeathgirls > computer parts that we already know about


    If you're that desperate to see pictures of girls, you're probably right; you must know computer parts better than girls.

    It's pretty sad when pictures of girls gets so much of a reaction. I swear if you get out of the house, you'll actually see them in real life. I'm not lying. You can even say "Hi" to them, and they'll probably even give you a response. I know it sounds far fetched, but I'm really confident about this, so just trust me.
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    ta152h , December 8, 2010 1:27 PM
    faustoToms needs to spend more money on the holiday Models department. seen much better chicks at Quakecon 2008. No offense to the ladies but some of you are not booth babe material


    The pathetic part is, how it's still getting these desperate guys worked up.

    Some of the pictures are just bad too, like the one with the Radeon.
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    accolite , December 8, 2010 1:50 PM
    TA152H, I'm not desperate... I'm married, but I enjoy a good looking woman more than looking at some hardware components after all we are guys! If you don't your probably a woman yourself or a homo!
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