Introduction to the OCZ RevoDrive 50GB PCIe Solid State Drive
I for one like to build my main PC around the cutting edge technology. Maybe not the biggest, baddest or fastest components, but just the latest technology: the latest chipset in a motherboard, current series/model of processor, well ventilated PC case, and lets not forget about the latest GPU. However, as of late, the best upgrade that could be made would be to replace that old platter-based mechanical hard drive for a solid state drive. Depending on how often you upgrade there isn’t much that can compare with the performance increase that is spread throughout your entire system with the move to an SSD.
Over the past two or so years we have seen solid state grow bigger in capacity, faster in speed and much to our pocket book's relief, cheaper in price; precisely what the consumer is looking for. Yet the performance of the drive's integrated controller cannot be over looked either. From the first JMicron, to the latest SandForce controller, we have seen performance numbers skyrocket. The sneak peaks on the upcoming OCZ Vertex 3 Pro featuring the latest SandForce controller for SATA-III, are a testament to that ever increasing SSD performance.
OCZ has been one of the biggest reasons we are seeing solid state drives popularity grow as well as it has. The Agility and Vertex have been two of OCZ's biggest sellers, with both enthusiasts and professionals speaking quite highly of the drives. Our review of the Agility had impressed me so much that it remains in my system to this day.
And yet, just when you think you have that new rig right where you want with drive performance, OCZ ups the ante once more; enter RevoDrive, stage left. The RevoDrive is one of the more recent additions to OCZ's SSD arsenal, but the RevoDrive is not your typical SSD. What makes it different is that they have dropped the SATA connector and 2.5" enclosure, in favor of utilizing PCIe slot and an open-board design. A little unusual? Perhaps, but the performance numbers will no doubt remove any ill conceived notions you may have.
OCZ take on the RevoDrive
Focusing on both performance and affordability for consumers, the RevoDrive PCI-Express SSD is designed to accommodate a wide range of computing environments beyond everyday use to video-editing and other multi-media creation and management applications.
Moving beyond the bottleneck of SATA II, the RevoDrive features a PCI-E interface to deliver superior speeds up to 540MB/s reads and random 4k writes up to 75,000 IOPS. Designed for high-performance gaming PCs and workstations, the RevoDrive has the unique capability to run both Windows and your essential applications and games to not only provides a more responsive PC experience, but promote a cooler, quieter, and more energy efficient conditions compared to traditional mechanical hard drives.
RevoDrive is available in 50GB up to 480GB capacities to offer extensive space for the latest operating systems, game titles, and applications for snappier boot and load times. The RevoDrive series comes backed with a 3-year warranty and ultra-reliable 2 million hour mean time between failure (MTBF) rating.