TechSpot: OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB PCI-Express SSD review

The solid-state drive market continues to grow at a rapid pace and competition is starting to heat up once again. While there was once just a few controllers worth picking from, half a dozen viable choices occupy the market now.

The original RevoDrive carried not one, but two SandForce SF-1200 controllers in RAID and boasted up to 80,000 IOPS. As impressive as this was, the follow up model that is getting tested today completely blows it out of the water. Less than two months ago, OCZ announced the RevoDrive X2 effectively doubling the number SF-1200 controllers used in RAID and coming in sizes from 100GB through an insane 960GB.

Unlike traditional solid state drives, the RevoDrive X2 doesn't rely on the SATA interface but uses the PCI-Express bus, adding convenience to this flash memory-based RAID setup.

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I bought a 128GB Kingston about a year ago for my "main" machine. The results are immediately recognized. Boot times are reduced to a fraction of the time, transfer rates go from sustained 20 to 30 MB sec to 150. For my money, it's one of the few things that was worth the money and noticeable.

Thing is, for a lot of people, they couldn't care less about a few seconds here or there, but for those of us who spend most of our day with our machines, it's a no brainer.

I just jumped on the SSD bandwagon over the weekend and purchases a couple small drives to replace system drives on my HTPC and workstation. I am really impressed with the performance gain. I purchased a Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 40 gig to use for my Windows Media Center box, and MediaBrowser loads thumbnails and DVD covers instantaneously. I put a Callisto 100 gig (http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16820226152) into my workstation and Windows 7 boots in seconds, and Visual Studio, Photoshop, and Outlook load almost instantaneously.
It's so fast that it's hard for me to imagine how using the Revodrive can even improve on these speeds in a way that would be noticeable. Reading the review, it sounds like this would only be valuable to people who work with large files. Sounds like a great drive for graphic design artists and engineers who work with huge data sets.

Wombatt said,
Bigger doesn't always mean better!

True but is this future? Will Internal hard drives be replaced with PCI-E hard drives?

WV2MJR said,

True but is this future? Will Internal hard drives be replaced with PCI-E hard drives?

A PCI-E SSD is still and internal drive. It is being openly discussed replacing SATA 6.0 with PCI-E as the future standard interface for SSD's because of the availability of a large amount of bandwidth headroom PCI-E already supplies.

Wow that's pretty nice, but I'm pretty happy with my single Vertex 2. I have two of them but couldn't even tell the difference other than in benchmarks when I put them in RAID 0 . So I decided to use them separately to get back TRIM functionality. I love SSDs!

mjedi7 said,
Yeah like an ipad, a full loaded PS3 or XBOX with kinect or another computer!

Or food? Why not spend your money on that? Or perhaps travel somewhere for a day trip for $500. You could also pick up a 32" 1080P TV for $500. You can do a LOT with $500!

Just wanted to add to these pointless posts.

mjedi7 said,
Yeah like an ipad, a full loaded PS3 or XBOX with kinect or another computer!

Or food? Why not spend your money on that? Or perhaps travel somewhere for a day trip for $500. You could also pick up a 32" 1080P TV for $500. You can do a LOT with $500!

Just wanted to add to these pointless posts.

Shadrack said,

Or food? Why not spend your money on that? Or perhaps travel somewhere for a day trip for $500. You could also pick up a 32" 1080P TV for $500. You can do a LOT with $500!

Just wanted to add to these pointless posts.

I have one and think it's great. much better than the ipad I used to have...