Blackmagic Design make a number of industry leading video capture cards, including those which can capture HD material at very high data rates. As a result having a disk with a fast write speed is essential. To aid users in configuring their system for optimal captures Blackmagic includes a utility with their hardware which records the real world disk speed and gives the framerate available for that speed.
NOTE: We are using BMD’s new disk test for this review which is not comparable with the old version. The new version works by writing/reading data to/from our drive (up to 5 GB at a time) and displaying a MB/s figure as well as Frames Per Second information. This test is particularly useful as SSDs cannot use their compression algorithms, what we are seeing here is true real-time read/write of video content. Cache burst performance is also removed from the equation by writing large amounts of data which exceed the cache volume.
Shown below in the how fast panel is a note of the frames per second recorded for each raw video type. The RevoDrive 3 X2 performs exceptionally well in this test. Looking specifically at results such as 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 on HD 720 the result of 147fps means we could actually read two maximum quality 720p streams at the same time with flawless playback. Comparing the "Will It Work?" panel with a SATA3 SSD shows that the RevoDrive 3 X2 is close to perfection for video work where as a high end SATA model offers limited video productivity performance.
Earlier this year Toshiba announced their new generation of SSDs, the HG6. It might not have the snappiest name but if it performs as well against the competition as their previous drives we should be in for an impressive set of figures.
It has been over a year since the 840 Pro hit the market and competitor drives have continued to evolve since then so now it’s time for Samsung to do the same. Launching today is their new 850 Pro SSD featuring many of the aspects which made the 840 Series so attractive, mixed with some evolutions in the tech used. We will be putting it up against some of the best drives the competition can offer to see how this new model performs.