OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB PCI-E SSD Review

 

 OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB PCI E SSD Review

SSD drives undoubtedly are extremely fast, with their speeds being only limited by the bandwidth of the SATA bus interface. However they also remain disproportionately expensive per GB when compared to mechanical drives, forbidding mainstream customers from purchasing large capacity drives. For those who require a fairly large primary drive and want to reap the benefits of SSD technology, several companies developed caching solutions, such as the Synapse which we reviewed several weeks ago. OCZ however offers another interesting product, the RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB. The RevoDrive Hybrid is a ready-to-go storage solution which couples a 1TB mechanical drive with a 128GB SSD cache in the form of a PCI-E device. In this review we will find out not only how well it compares against SSD drives but when compared to other caching solutions as well.

SSD drives undoubtedly are extremely fast, with their speeds being only limited by the bandwidth of the SATA bus interface. However they also remain disproportionately expensive per GB when compared to mechanical drives, forbidding mainstream customers from purchasing large capacity drives. For those who require a fairly large primary drive and want to reap the benefits of SSD technology, several companies developed caching solutions, such as the Synapse which we reviewed several weeks ago. OCZ however offers another interesting product, the RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB. The RevoDrive Hybrid is a ready-to-go storage solution which couples a 1TB mechanical drive with a 128GB SSD cache in the form of a PCI-E device. In this review we will find out not only how well it compares against SSD drives but when compared to other caching solutions as well.

Manufacturer features and specifications

  • Available in 1TB Capacity
  • 100GB Dedicated Cache
  • PCI-Express Gen. 2 x4 Interface
  • Full height form factor
  • OCZ SuperScale Storage Controller
  • Virtualized Controller Architecture 2.0
  • Included Caching Software Key
  • ECC, Encryption
  • SMART monitoring
  • 167.64 (L) x 98.42 (W) x 22.15mm (H)
  • Weight: 289g
  • Operating Temp: 5°C ~ 50°C
  • Storage Temp: 0°C ~ 60°C
  • Power Consumption: 8.1W idle, 10W active
  • MTBF: 600,000 hours
  • 3-Year Warranty
  • Compatible with Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit

Max Performance

  • Read: Up to 910 MB/s
  • Write: Up to 810 MB/s
  • Max Random Write 4KB: 120,000 IOPS
  • Average Write: 65,000 IOPS
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