OCZ RevoDrive X2 160GB PCIe SSD
|OCZ RevoDrive X2 160GB PCIe SSD|
|Features and Specifications|
|Closer Look and Technical Info|
Solid State Drives have come a long way over the past few years and OCZ has actually been one of the companies that have constantly pushed the boundaries of "standard" SSDs into sometime different. They don't settle for technology that has limitations and they try to find ways around, over or through limitations that are still plaguing this early stage of solid-state storage. While you may argue that SSDs aren't all that new, the technology is changing so fast with new NAND flash chips and different controllers, algorithms for data correction and wear leveling that this whole industry is still relatively new and has a few growing pains.
Today we will be taking a look at one of the "mainstream" RevoDrives from OCZ Technology. We are looking at the RevoDrive x2 160GB drive. While this drive will still set you back almost $500, it has now become a last-generation product as the RevoDrive 3 is now available as well.
The RevoDrive x2 is not to be counted out yet though. As we continue on, we'll see what kind of performance this PCI-Express drive has to offer and if it should in fact be considered as your next drive of choice.
Bundle & First Look:
When I received the OCZ RevoDrive x2, I figured there might be some pretty nifty extras in the bundle. For almost $500 for the 160GB version, I figured it should be pretty loaded. Apparently, you don't much extra for your money and OCZ has just seen fit to give you just the bare drive in a very nice two-layered box. The image below shows all that you get with the RevoDrive x2.
If you plan on installing the RevoDrive as a bootable drive, you'll need to head on over to OCZ's site and snag the latest drivers that will allow Windows to even see the device as a bootable device. Once that is done, you're good to go. It would be nice if they included some drives on a CD - or even a small USB stick, but I guess when you have to download them, you should always get the latest version.
The 120GB version has enough room on the main PCB for all of the NAND chips to fit but the 160GB version that we are reviewing today has a riser that contains more NAND flash memory. By looking at the layout of this PCB and the backside of the card, they can probably use the exact same design for their 220GB version as well.
One thing you may notice is that the RevoDrive x2 has a pair of SandForce SF-1222TA3-SBH controllers on-board. This is because the RevoDrive actually has a pre-configured RAID 0 array built in for enhanced performance. This is one of the things that adds extra expense to the unit as the controller chips themselves are not cheap.
On the next page we'll take a look at the features and the specifications of the RevoDrive x2 160GB unit before we take a closer look and then jump into testing.