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OCZ RevoDrive 120GB PCI Express SSD

Interface speed has always  been an advertising gimmick in the age of magnetic storage, as hard drives never delivered enough performance to  push the limits of the pipes to which they were attached.   At the time they were released, ATA-133 did not provide any faster   performance than ATA-100, and neither did  SATA 3 Gbps over  SATA 1.5 Gbps.  However, with the rise of the SSD, bandwidth is starting to become an issue.  High performance models are pushing boundaries, particularly when performance junkies combine two or more in RAID configurations.

The OCZ RevoDrive is a high performance storage product that uses the PCI Express bus to go beyond the limits of SATA. As a PCI-E 4x card, it can handle up to 16 Gbps — one PCI-E 2.x lane can push 4 Gbps.  The card/drive uses a pair of SandForce controllers which are used in many popular budget SSDs such as  the  OCZ Vertex 2,  Corsair Force, and G.Skill Phoenix series (all 3 Gbps models).  The secret to SandForce’s success is a fast compression scheme that lowers the amount of data to be written, resulting in a net performance gain.  To boost speeds further and actually make use of the extra bandwidth, the RevoDrive uses a Silicon Image 3124 software RAID controller, allowing the two SSD partitions to work in tandem in RAID 0.

Specifications: OCZ RevoDrive
(from the product web page)
Available Capacities 50GB, 80GB, 120GB, 180GB, 240GB, 360GB, 480GB
Capacity PCI-Express interface (x4)
Usage Primary boot drive or data storage
RAID Internal RAID 0
Dimensions 181.07 (L) x 21.59 (W) x 125.08mm (H)
Shock Resistance 1500g
Seek Time 0.1 ms
Operating Temp 0°C ~ +70°C
Storage Temp -45°C ~ +85°C
Power Consumption 3W Idle, 8W active
MTBF 2,000,000 hours
Warranty 3-Year
50-80GB Max Performance
Read Up to 540 MB/s
Write Up to 450 MB/s
Sustained Write Up to 350 MB/s
Random Write 4KB (Aligned) 70,000 IOPS
120GB-480GB Max Performance
Read Up to 540 MB/s
Write Up to 480 MB/s
Sustained Write Up to 400 MB/s
Random Write 4KB (Aligned) 75,000 IOPS

 

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