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Benchmark Results: PCMark Vantage Storage Test

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

PCMark Vantage comes as close as we get to approximating real-world performance using a synthetic benchmark. The Application Loading metric measures disk drive performance while loading Microsoft Word 2007, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Internet Explorer 7, and Outlook 2007.

OCZ’s RevoDrive X2 takes a first-place finish in this very desktop-class workload, but it’s margin isn’t as large as in some of the enterprise-oriented I/O measurements.

The Gaming test results are even more interesting. Using >99% streaming reads, the Intel X25-M actually wins this one, followed by the Vertex 2. OCZ’s multi-controller cards fall into third, fourth, and fifth place.

The video editing test is split more evenly between reads and writes. Here, the RevoDrive X2 retakes a first-place finish, followed closely by the IBIS and first-gen RevoDrive. The Intel X25-M and OCZ Vertex 2 trail quite a ways back.

Given the extreme sequential read and write performance of OCZ’s PCIe-based products, these results come as no surprise.

A Windows Defender scan in Windows Vista favors the similarly-configured RevoDrive X2 and IBIS. Given that this is mostly read-oriented, the exceptional SandForce performance is expected. It’s interesting that Intel’s drive trails by the margin that it does, though.

Divided fairly evenly between reads and writes, we see phenomenal throughput in this multi-tasked workload where video is played back, streamed to an Extender, and recorded, all at the same time. This puts the sort of load on OCZ’s high-end products needed to differentiate them from the first-gen RevoDrive, the single-controller Vertex 2, and Intel’s aged X25-M.

Intel shocks with a top-finish in this mostly read-oriented test, where music is added to Windows Media Player 11. We can only assume that the data involved in this metric is not handled well by SandForce’s DuraClass architecture.

Though the photo import test is also mostly read-based, The RevoDrive X2 shows much better performance. With that said, the IBIS and RevoDrive are hot on its heels. Intel doesn’t do badly, trouncing the Vertex 2.

Vista startup is naturally almost all reads. The three PCI Express-based SSDs finish one after the other, while Intel’s X25-M barely outpaces OCZ’s Vertex 2.

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    joelmartinez , January 12, 2011 3:19 AM
    Too much money :(  will get the vertex 3 though :)  or intel
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    alikum , January 12, 2011 3:38 AM
    If only they could make SSDs cheaper ... Mechanical drives are still the way to go
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    eklipz330 , January 12, 2011 3:50 AM
    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!!
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    dauthus , January 12, 2011 4:00 AM
    In related news, OCZ stock is up to $6.80 a share, rising 19%+ today.
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    Anonymous , January 12, 2011 4:10 AM
    How does this compare to the new Z-drive R3?
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    cmi86 , January 12, 2011 4:32 AM
    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
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    dirtmountain , January 12, 2011 5:12 AM
    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.
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    cangelini , January 12, 2011 5:26 AM
    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.
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    razor512 , January 12, 2011 5:38 AM
    a pci-e ssd seems good, I want one, MS word will run sooo much better
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    alidan , January 12, 2011 6:14 AM
    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.
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    palladin9479 , January 12, 2011 7:04 AM
    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.
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    utengineer , January 12, 2011 11:03 AM
    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.
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    christop , January 12, 2011 11:14 AM
    I want one but will have to wait for the price to come way down.
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    moogleslam , January 12, 2011 12:18 PM
    Do SSD's or the RevoDrive improve gaming performance at all?
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    krisboro , January 12, 2011 12:36 PM
    Just load times...
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    syrob , January 12, 2011 1:27 PM

    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

    REVO is not worth it!
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    studioman22 , January 12, 2011 2:16 PM
    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?
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    K2N hater , January 12, 2011 2:16 PM
    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 below [...] 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.
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    68vistacruiser , January 12, 2011 2:19 PM
    Why would anyone spend hundreds of dollars just to boot up 30 seconds faster, when they spend hours a day on the same computer?
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    willy_ , January 12, 2011 2:20 PM
    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.
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