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OCZ RevoDrive 120GB PCIe SSD Review

OCZ RevoDrive 120GB PCIe SSD Review

OCZ RevoDrive 120GB PCIe SSD Review

Conclusion

Starting with the build quality of the RevoDrive we have a solid foundation for the product. It uses a proven RAID controller with good quality PCIe bridge and both the SandForce controllers and Intel chips are proven, reliable parts. Added to this we have nice touches such as the status LEDs and there really is little to fault on the RevoDrive.

Design wise the product continues to impress, the Silicon Image controller and choice pre-configured RAID 0 operation works well and OCZ have, as a result of the SI chip, built in futureproofing as that particular model supports up to 4 "drives". That said, with the current configuration the drive is impressive enough.

In terms of performance the OCZ RevoDrive is one of the most impressive products we have ever tested. Of the 17 comparisons in this review it performed better than the current market leader in 14 and on top of that, it was often much, much faster. Taking the CS5 Master Collection install as an example, it finished over a minute ahead of the already very fast C300. Scanning and repairing our damaged Outlook PST file was equally impressive, knocking 50 seconds off the 109 second result recorded on its main competitor.

These results are all very good but what most impresses about the RevoDrive is its feel when in use. Everything which involves a drive operation happens instantly, it really is the product that benefits users with the most recent CPUs and some fast DDR3.

So to value, at $340/£250 for the 120GB version the RevoDrive comes in at a little more than the 128GB C300 but that is actually 75MB/s slower at write operations than the 256GB version we used as a comparison today. This makes the RevoDrive a very attractive purchase and when we take into account the 3-year warranty there is little reason not to buy this model when looking for a high end SSD.

Here is a breakdown of the Price/Capacity/performance for each model tested today (higher is better).

  GB/£ (GB/$) Read MB/s per £ Write MB/s per £
OCZ RevoDrive 120GB 0.48 (0.35) 2.16 1.92
Crucial C300 256GB 0.58 (0.42) 0.8 0.48
Based on pricing from October 20th 2010


Summary

The OCZ RevoDrive is without doubt the best SSD we have tested. Buying a RevoDrive should be the number one priority for anyone looking to buy a mid to high end SSD at the moment.

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