OCZ RevoDrive X2 PCI-Express 240GB SSD Review

Solid Sate Drives are now becoming cheaper and more accessible to the general consumer and with the boost in sales companies are now able to upgrade the technology making SSD devices faster than ever. The SATA based SSD has been around for quite a few years now and as the technology advances and moves on we are now seeing more PCI-Express SSD cards being developed. One such card that is taking the making by storm is the OCZ RevoDrive X2 PCI-E SSD, which is what we have to be reviewed for you today. The OCZ RevoDrive X2 SSD races past the usual maxed out speeds that SandForce controller drives are able to achieve. As a single drive, the RevoDrive X2 towers above SATA3 ports running at a 6Gbps interface, and is the Ultimate SSD drive.

The OCZ RevoDrive X2 takes hold of the two different technologies that the current SSD’s use on the market and combines them together using the Silicon Image RAID controller chip integrated into the card. When installing the card into your system you are able to achieve transfer speeds up to 740MBps read and 720MBps write (600MBps sustained write using Windows 7), which are achievable to any users and no BIOS editing is required. Performance speeds can vastly differ with the RevoDrive X2 depending on what controller your motherboard uses, we are using the marvel controller which doesn’t seem to achieve quite as high speeds in Windows 7 64bit compared to a SB850 or ICH10  Intel controller chip.

The OCZ RevoDrive X2 “delivers superior speeds over 740MB/s sequential speeds and random small file writes up to 120,000 IOPS, nearly triple the throughput of other high-end SATA based solutions. The RevoDrive X2 uses an onboard RAID 0 design by employing four SandForce-1200 controllers to maximize data access and bandwidth.”

One thing to note about the OCZ RevoDrive X2 PCI-Express SSD is that it is not swappable between PC’s running different architecture, if attempted you will lose all of your data on the SSD. The OCZ RevoDrive X2 PCI-Express 120GB SSD offers you supreme speeds surpassing SATA3 6Gbps devices in a easy plug and play solution.

Let’s continue and see why the RevoDrive X2 is the top SSD storage device in the industry to this day...

Specifications

  • Available in 220GB to 960GB (1TB) capacities
  • PCI-Express interface (x4)
  • For use as primary boot drive or data storage
  • 4 x SATA
  • Internal RAID 0
  • 181.07 (L) x 21.59 (W) x 125.08mm (H)
  • Seek Time: 0.1 ms
  • Operating Temp: 0°C ~ 70°C
  • Ambient Temp: 0°C ~ 55°C
  • Storage Temp: -45°C ~ 85°C
  • Power Consumption: 4.3W Idle, 8.3W active
  • MTBF: 2,000,000 hours
  • 3-Year Warranty
  • Compatible with Windows XP 32/64, Vista 32/64, Windows 7 32/64

Gigabyte  Performance Comparison

Performance

100-160GB

220GB

240GB

460GB

Max Read

Up to 740 MB/s

Up to 730 MB/s

Up to 740 MB/s

Up to 730 MB/s

Max Write

Up to 690 MB/s

Up to 720 MB/s

Up to 720 MB/s

Up to 700 MB/s

Sustained Write

Up to 550 MB/s

120,000 MB/s

600 MB/s

N/A

Random Write 4KB (Aligned)

100,000 IOPS

70,000 IOPS

120,000 IOPS

120,000 IOPS

Part Numbers

  • 100GB - OCZSSDPX-1RVDX0100*
  • 160GB - OCZSSDPX-1RVDX0160*
  • 220GB - OCZSSDPX-1RVDX0220
  • 240GB - OCZSSDPX-1RVDX0240*
  • 360GB - OCZSSDPX-1RVDX0360*
  • 460GB - OCZSSDPX-1RVDX0460
  • 480GB - OCZSSDPX-1RVDX0480*
  • 720GB - OCZSSDPX-1RVDX0720
  • 960GB - OCZSSDPX-1RVDX0960 

    *These part numbers are no longer manufactured by OCZ

The OCZ RevoDrive X2 is one of the fasted SSD's on the market, and you can see why in its vastly dominating performance results, even against some of the newest SSD's from the top brands hosting the new SSD controllers and firmware. let's take a look at these gob smacking super fast results...

About OZC

Founded in 2002, San Jose, California-based OCZ Technology Group, Inc. has built on its expertise in high-speed memory to become a dominant player in the manufacturing and distribution of solid state drives (SSDs), a disruptive, game-changing technology that is replacing traditional rotating magnetic hard disk drives (HDDs). SSDs are faster, more reliable, run cooler, and use significantly less power than the HDDs used in the majority of computers today. In addition to SSD technology, OCZ also offers high performance components for computing devices and systems, including enterprise class power management products as well leading edge computer gaming solutions.

OCZ became a household name building DRAM modules for enthusiasts over the last few years, and has branched out its name to other products, including CPU coolers, power supplies and even a “touch less” game controller that uses facial movements and brainwaves as a game controller. Recently, however, they have moved from producing DRAM to focus their memory experience solely on building Solid State Drives.