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.