OCZ’s RevoDrive X2: When A Fast PCIe SSD Isn’t Fast Enough

Benchmark Results: 4 KB And 512 KB Random Writes

Random write performance has always been a bit of a weakness for Intel, and our Iometer chart demonstrates why. The RevoDrive again outpaces the IBIS, while the RevoDrive and Vertex 2 fall in behind.

But can we really trust the results here as definitive in all cases, in light of the fact that SandForce’s architecture can optimize for highly compressible data? A cross-check with CrystalDiskMark should help.

Writing completely random data to these drives represents a worst-case for SandForce, and Intel’s position improves substantially. Again, with a queue depth of one, the results spread isn't particularly impressive. The RevoDrive X2 takes a first place finish just under 100 MB/s, but even the slowest drives at 60+ MB/s deliver reasonable throughput.

Things change drastically when queue depth is increased to 32. The IBIS leaps into the lead, just as we saw in the sequential write test. Again, the IBIS and RevoDrive X2 should be pretty close here, so take the RevoDrive X2's modest gains as a worst-case example of what an SSD in its "dirty state" encounters. Intel’s X25-M is able to go up against OCZ’s first-gen RevoDrive, leaving the Vertex 2 in its dust.

Create a new thread in the US Reviews comments forum about this subject
This thread is closed for comments
47 comments
    Your comment
  • joelmartinez
    Too much money :( will get the vertex 3 though :) or intel
    0
  • alikum
    If only they could make SSDs cheaper ... Mechanical drives are still the way to go
    5
  • eklipz330
    although i think sandforce's new controller won't be as fast as they claim, i really think it's gonna change the face of the ssd race by the end of the year

    and probably a new iteration of the revodrive as well... can't wait!! =D =D i need me a 160gb for less than $1/gb... that's how much i bought my raptor for like 4 years ago!!
    0
  • dauthus
    In related news, OCZ stock is up to $6.80 a share, rising 19%+ today.
    2
  • Anonymous
    How does this compare to the new Z-drive R3?
    0
  • cmi86
    Yeah its really cool and i wish i had 1...or 2 lol but it just costs waay too much money, isnt really practical for enthusiast use until the prices drop
    0
  • dirtmountain
    You routinely use $500 graphic cards (GTX580) and $1,200 displays (2560x1600)in reviews. The price for this upgrade ($650)isn't any harder to stomach then those.
    2
  • cangelini
    dirtmountainYou routinely use $500 graphic cards (GTX580) and $1,200 displays (2560x1600)in reviews. The price for this upgrade ($650)isn't any harder to stomach then those.


    Aye, but it's a little less tangible than exotic graphics configurations, too.
    1
  • razor512
    a pci-e ssd seems good, I want one, MS word will run sooo much better
    4
  • alidan
    i realy wish they would put a 7200 10000 and 15000 drive in there, all top of their respective class, just so we can get some prospective of how much an improvement these are over traditional hdds.
    4
  • palladin9479
    Something like that is beyond anything any mechanical drive can hope to compete with, its even faster then a multi-channel directly connected SAN array. It looks to be one step away from a RAM Drive, if anyone can remember what those were.
    1
  • utengineer
    I am waiting to see if Intel's LightPeak tech will be used in the the storage arena(i.e. boot drives, etc). Seems like the SSD tech is evolving so quickly.
    0
  • christop
    I want one but will have to wait for the price to come way down.
    1
  • moogleslam
    Do SSD's or the RevoDrive improve gaming performance at all?
    0
  • krisboro
    Just load times...
    0
  • syrob
    There is no way to use REVO, Modern Video card AND INTEL RAID ICH10R RAID 10 AT THE SAME TIME, the option rom spoace is used all up.

    DO not buy unless you do not ever want RAID through Intel ICHR10 !!!

    See link below

    http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?80739-revodrive-X2-and-intel-ICH10-controller

    REVO is not worth it!
    -1
  • studioman22
    Hmm, a little off topic, but what is that Cooler Master UCP-1000W used for the test rig? It's in a strange spot on the CM website, and not in their regular lineup. I guess it's either brand new and not for sale yet? Or is that a legacy product?
    0
  • K2N hater
    SYROBThere is no way to use REVO, Modern Video card AND INTEL RAID ICH10R RAID 10 AT THE SAME TIME, the option rom spoace is used all up.DO not buy unless you do not ever want RAID through Intel ICHR10 !!!See link belowhttp://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/ [...] controllerREVO is not worth it!

    I've read the thread. If you boot from the Revo it's 100% safe to disable ICH RAID. The RAID support present on ICH can be replaced to Windows RAID. As discussed in that thread disabling PXE can also help.
    0
  • 68vistacruiser
    Why would anyone spend hundreds of dollars just to boot up 30 seconds faster, when they spend hours a day on the same computer?
    0
  • willy_
    What I miss in the review: Is the RAID on the card "invisible" to the OS, as in, the OS sees it as a single drive. Or does the OS need to load a driver for the controller? If that's the case many Linux distri's will not be able to use it as a single drive.
    0