THE FIRST REVODRIVE from OCZ impressed in terms of performance relative to value for money. However, it had one major flaw, you couldn’t boot from it. OCZ has now corrected this slight problem with its second generation RevoDrive X2 which is not only bootable, but is faster and is available in larger capacities.
UPDATED: 1 November 2010 Editor’s note: OCZ would like you to know that their Revo drive has been bootable since Day 1.
The RevoDrive X2 differs in design from the first generation RevoDrive by using a two layer PCB configuration. This has been done to boost the performance by implementing a two by two SSD, using a total of four SandForce SF-1200 controllers. OCZ claims that this helps to maximize the bandwidth and data access, and judging by the kind of performance figures the RevoDrive X2 offers, we’re inclined to believe them.
As with the original RevoDrive, the X2 features an onboard RAID controller which still utilizes a PCI Express x4 interface. OCZ claims that the RevoDrive X2 will offer sequential read speeds of up to 740MB/s – that’s 200MB/s more than the first generation – and write speeds of up to 690MB/s for the 100 to 160GB models, and 720MB/s for the 240 to 960GB models. What a huge step up from the old model which sported write speeds of between 450 and 480MB/s. Sustained write speeds are rated at 550 to 600MB/s depending upon the model. This compares very favourably to the first generation RevoDrive which has sustained write speeds of between 350 and 400MB/s. It’s obviously not twice as fast, but it’s offering a significant performance increase.
You better have a deep wallet to be able to afford the new RevoDrive X2, because the 100GB model appears to cost around the $440-450 mark. With the 160GB coming in at around $550-560, the 240GB adds another $100 or so. The 360GB drive is priced at around $1,150, the 480GB model at about $1,440, with the 960GB model finally appearing to be as much as $3,330. These aren’t official prices from OCZ, but rather based on a quick search and averaged between various online retailers. While this might not be an issue for corporate users, it’s fairly clear that OCZ hasn’t priced the RevoDrive X2 for consumer use.S|A
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