OCZ RevoDrive X2 Review: Killer SSD Performance

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Our Test MethodologiesUnder each test condition, the Solid State Drives tested here were installed as secondary volumes in our testbed, with a standard spinning hard disk for the OS and benchmark installations.  The SSDs were left blank without partitions wherever possible, unless a test required them to be partitioned and formatted, as was the case with our ATTO, Vantage, and CrystalDiskMark benchmark tests. Windows firewall, automatic updates and screen savers were all disabled before testing. In all test runs, we rebooted the system and waited several minutes for drive activity to settle before invoking a test.

HotHardware Test System
Intel Core i7 Powered

Processor -

Motherboard -

Video Card -

Memory -

Audio -

Hard Drives -


Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7-970

Gigabyte GA-EX58 Extreme
(X58 Chipset)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285

6144MB Kingston DDR3-1333

Integrated on board

WD Caviar Black 1TB (OS Drive)
OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB PCIe
OCZ RevoDrive 120GB PCIe
Fusion-io ioXtreme 80GB PCIe
OCZ Vertex LE 100GB Sandforce-base SATA SSD

OS -
Chipset Drivers -
DirectX -

Video Drivers

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX 11

NVIDIA GeForce 260.99

Benchmarks Used:
IOMeter 2008
ATTO v2.46
CrystalDiskMark v3
PCMark Vantage
SiSoftware Sandra 2010 SP3
HH Custom File Transfer Tests

SiSoft SANDRA 2010
Synthetic HDD Benchmarking

For our first set of tests, we used SiSoft SANDRA, the the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. Here, we used the Physical Disk test suite and provided the results from our comparison SSDs. The benchmarks were run without formatting and read and write performance metrics are detailed below. We have also included SANDRA's detailed graph so you are able to see how the drive performs over time along with the average rated result.


SANDRA Read/Write Performance - OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB

SANDRA offers our first sign of dominance here for the OCZ RevoDrive X2.  The RD X2 puts up slightly better performance than its close relative, the OCZ IBIS drive.  Essentially, the RevoDrive X2 and IBIS drive are very similar in their design (both incorporate the same Silicon Image RAID controller), with the exception of IBIS' extra layer of HSDL logic to interface to its X8 adapter card.  Further, the RevoDrive X2 also keeps pace with the Fusion-io ioXtreme PCIe card, in terms of its read performance but absolutely smokes it according to SANDRA's write test, more than doubling the expensive ioXtreme's write throughput.

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realneil 4 years ago

It's too bad I could only vote 'thumbs-up' once for this thing.

What a truly awesome upgrade for a PC. I wish that I could afford it.

As I've mentioned before,....what a nice addition to a giveaway prize this would make!

What a prize it would make all by itself in one of your HH contests. (probably the only way I could ever actually own one of them)

Maybe we'll see a gradual fall in the prices of these things and I'll get one a week before I die, so then I could die happy! Stick out tongue

BZobisch 4 years ago

When it will actually BOOT from more than SIX Motherboards on the market we can talk...  From OCZ site



Note: Before installing the RevoDrive it is important to check the settings/capabilities on your motherboard. If you plan on using the RevoDrive as a boot drive please check that your motherboard supports boot over PCI-E. Please check with your motherboard manufacturer for the latest platform information and BIOS updates. If you have any installation or compatibility questions about the RevoDrive, please visit our forums or call OCZ Customer Service for recommendations.

While the RevoDrive will simply plug and play for the vast majority of platforms for these particular motherboards OCZ recommends the following:
-Asus Crosshair IV – Please check with motherboard manufacturer for BIOS update to enable boot over PCIe.
-Biostar T-Power I45: RevoDrive is only detected in Slot 1 AND only if a PCIe GPU is used. 
-DFI DK-X58-T3EH6: Not detected in PCIe Slot 2 (x4 slot).
-EVGA X758 SLI – Please check with motherboard manufacturer for BIOS update to enable Boot over PCIe.
-Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7 Not detected in slots 1,3,4 (it is detected in 2,5,6)
-XFX 780i SLI – Bios must be upgraded to P09 (or later).

Dave_HH 4 years ago

Well, I can tell you I dropped it into a Gigabyte board on that list for my testing and it had zero problems, as did the RevoDrive first gen card. Not sure why they have that short list up there. I will ask... I think it's pretty misleading though. This is just a standard PCIe X4 card here, nothing fancy or tricky compatibility-wise.

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="BZobisch"]When it will actually BOOT from more than SIX Motherboards on the market we can talk...[/quote]

It only has to boot from the one that I'M USING, thank you. (If it doesn't,......then I'll deal with it) Big Smile

mentaldisorder 4 years ago

Well, you guys are now featured on NewEgg...

Dave_HH 4 years ago

You like that Mental? Heh... let's see what sort of traffic it brings.

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="Dave_HH"]let's see what sort of traffic it brings[/quote]

Newegg HAS been known to get a hit or two during the day,................

mentaldisorder 4 years ago

Of course I like it!  More power to HH.

"Newegg HAS been known to get a hit or two during the day,................"

He was meaning here.................

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="mentaldisorder"]He was meaning here.................[/quote]

Yeah, I knew that.

But if Newegg gets the hits on that page, it translates into HH getting some exposure,....................That's what I meant.

Dave_HH 4 years ago

BZobisch, We just got this in from OCZ on the topic of compatibility....

"We see how the wording could have been confusing, so we have updated the product page to make it more clear:

While the RevoDrive X2 will simply plug and play for the vast majority of platforms, the following issues may arise when installing on these particular motherboards

http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/solid-state-drives/pci-express/revodrive/ocz-revodrive-x2-pci-express-ssd-.html "

So, that was a short list of boards that it might have issues with actually, NOT a list of boards that it will work with. Good news for you I'm sure. :) Good catch though and I was happy to see OCZ respond so quickly.

dadodgeson 4 years ago

i agree i would almost trade my wife for one shoot through in a water cooled 480 and we ve got a deal

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