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OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 - 480GB PCIe SSD Review

by Stuart Davidson - 5th August 2011
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OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 (480GB) - Bootable PCIe Solid State Drive Review

IOPS (IOMeter 2010) and 4K QD32 Performance (CrystalDiskMark)

In this test a mechanical drive such as the Barracuda XT or VelociRaptor score around 2.0/1.5MB/s which gives us a baseline figure for performance.

Benchmark Results

The result in this test will go some way to showing how responsive a drive will be in Windows use as the operations performed are similar to the random reads and writes regularly performed by the OS. The result shows a huge increase in write performance for the RevoDrive 3 X2 over the performance possible on the Agility 3 and original X2. Reads are a little closer in terms of the two X2's but again a huge gap can be seen between SATA3 and PCIe. So what about that claim of 230k IOPS?

Moving on to IOMETER we have a test which helps us see the industry standard IOPS figure for the RevoDrive 3 X2... except the industry standard just changed. Until now most tests would have been based on IOMETER 2008 however the RevoDrive 3 X2 actually exceeds what is possible on that test and so 2010 is preferred, configured for a very demanding two manager, two worker setup to simulate multi-threaded and multi-application use.

OCZ recommend two different test scenarios for the drive (8GB LBA and 85% LBA), we have listed the highest reading we saw during testing below.

Benchmark Results

In our testing we found the RevoDrive 3 X2 topped out at 226,000 IOPS which is a staggering figure and on a different planet to current consumer SSD's which at most hit 85,000.
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