The development and release of SSDs changed that though as numerous manufacturers pushed the technology, creating ever improving designs which within just a few iterations were pushing the boundaries of SATA2 performance. At that point it seemed that SATA3 would be the obvious way forward however for enthusiast users OCZ decided to go another route and released the RevoDrive
, a PCIe based device which significantly outperformed SATA based drives, in fact it is still competitive today. Shortly after this the RevoDrive X2
was released, taking performance even higher and offering an interesting alternative for those who feel limited by SATA3 based SSDs.
It had been some time since OCZ released the RevoDrive X2, instead concentrating on various SATA based drives based on the latest Sandforce controller but last month a press release was sent out stating that the RevoDrive 3 and RevoDrive 3 X2 were ready for release. Today we have the higher specification model, the X2 attached to our test system and will be putting it through a selection of real world and synthetic tests to find out if OCZ can meet their claims of 1500MB/s speed and 230k IOPS.