TechSpot: OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD 480GB Review

Back when OCZ released the RevoDrive 3 X2 in 2011, it was the fastest SSD for desktop users that we had seen. Using PCI Express, it eliminated the SATA bottleneck that most SSDs still face today while also offering hassle-free RAID, though it wasn't without shortcomings.

The RevoDrive 3 X2 was essentially four Vertex 3 SSDs forged together on a single PCB yet it was less than two times faster than a single Vertex 3 in our real-world tests. The same money could buy similar performance with a custom RAID0 setup using separate drives.

Now three years later, OCZ is replacing its RevoDrive 3 X2 with the RevoDrive 350, touted as being the ultimate storage solution for intensive workstation applications. The new RevoDrive has been upgraded to x8 PCIe 2.0 (from x4) and boasts read/write speeds of 1.8/1.7GBps.

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I just don't like Raid-0 full stop. Begging for trouble if you ask me.
Now if this had interchangeable inserts that could be configured in a Raid-1 array, then I'd be very happy in my little home rig.
However, this is being put out as a performance grade workstation card, therefore, you wouldn't necessarily store vital data on it.
An OS can be easily rebuilt. A lifetime of collected personal photographs or vital SQL data can't.

surreyguy said,
I just don't like Raid-0 full stop. Begging for trouble if you ask me.
Now if this had interchangeable inserts that could be configured in a Raid-1 array, then I'd be very happy in my little home rig.
However, this is being put out as a performance grade workstation card, therefore, you wouldn't necessarily store vital data on it.
An OS can be easily rebuilt. A lifetime of collected personal photographs or vital SQL data can't.

I agree with you about RAID-0, but SSD's are far more reliable from a technical point of view than normal hard drives.

I have a Vertex 2, Vertex 4 and a RevoDrive 3 x2. All 3 are still working flawlessly. I don't see why people rag on OCz so much. The RevoDrive is being used to store my SQL Server tempdbs and a few large databases for converting. The Vertex drives serve as OS Boot Drives for 2 separate computers without any issues.

Squirrelington said,
I have a Vertex 2, Vertex 4 and a RevoDrive 3 x2. All 3 are still working flawlessly. I don't see why people rag on OCz so much.

...because for a heck of a lot of us they did go wrong horribly. I've had four fail personally. It's fairly well publicised problem (and probably helped the fate of the company as a result).
I've steered clear of OCZ and Sandforce as a result and not had a problem since.

dangel777 said,

...because for a heck of a lot of us they did go wrong horribly. I've had four fail personally. It's fairly well publicised problem (and probably helped the fate of the company as a result).
I've steered clear of OCZ and Sandforce as a result and not had a problem since.

^^^This. I have read some where it was close to 60% failure rate on some drive models. Thats why I never recommend this company ever to anyone. Everytime I have seen someone with these drives it has failed, either a week later or its dead on arrival.

Nothing wrong with OCZ drives. I have an Agility 3 from 2011 still working perfectly, and a Vector also still working perfectly. The decision to use Sandforce controllers when they got such improved results from their own Indillinx Barefoot controllers is puzzling though. That said it is obviously a fast drive

warwagon said,
Too bad it's still made by OCZ
nothing wrong with OCZ. I have a Vertex 4 drive & it's been great.

OCZ drives have been great drives since they stopped using sandforce (not sure why they decided to use it on this drive though)

Brando212 said,
nothing wrong with OCZ. I have a Vertex 4 drive & it's been great.

OCZ drives have been great drives since they stopped using sandforce (not sure why they decided to use it on this drive though)


You have just been extremely lucky. Any company with an insane failure rate on drives that they have should not still be in business. I feel sorry for anyone who has bought their products.

Gotenks98 said,

You have just been extremely lucky. Any company with an insane failure rate on drives that they have should not still be in business. I feel sorry for anyone who has bought their products.

Still got 2 of my original Vertex drives, they are running well.