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OCZ RevoDrive 3 240GB PCIe Solid State Drive

OCZ RevoDrive 3 240GBThe new RevoDrive 3 up the ante and operates on greater bandwidth x4 PCIe slots allowing for increased performance. This new model according to OCZ allows read/write times up to 1000MB/s and 925MB/s respectively and 130k IOPS depending on the size of the drive.  Numbers like this makes snails out of any SATA-based solid state drives. The RevoDrive 3 is available in three different sizes 120GB, 240GB and 480GB. We will be testing the 240GB model with 1000MB/s and 900MB/s read/write times.

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OCZ RevoDrive 3 240GB

OCZ RevoDrive 3 240GBThe new RevoDrive 3 up the ante and operates on greater bandwidth x4 PCIe slots allowing for increased performance. This new model according to OCZ allows read/write times up to 1000MB/s and 925MB/s respectively and 130k IOPS depending on the size of the drive.  Numbers like this makes snails out of any SATA-based solid state drives. The RevoDrive 3 is available in three different sizes 120GB, 240GB and 480GB. We will be testing the 240GB model with 1000MB/s and 900MB/s read/write times.

Introduction to the OCZ RevoDrive 3 240GB PCIe Solid State Drive

Some time ago we go a chance to look at the OCZ RevoDrive 50GB PCIe solid state drive. And because it took advantage of the PCIe x1 interface the speeds of the read/write times where somewhat faster than the SSD we see connected to the SATA interface. Now, that we have SATA III, which supports 6Gbps OCZ, has decided to up the performance on the RevoDrive. Enter the RevoDrive 3.

The new RevoDrive 3 up the ante and operates on greater bandwidth x4 PCIe slots allowing for increased performance. This new model according to OCZ allows read/write times up to 1000MB/s and 925MB/s respectively and 130k IOPS depending on the size of the drive.  Numbers like this makes snails out of any SATA-based solid state drives. The RevoDrive 3 is available in three different sizes 120GB, 240GB and 480GB. We will be testing the 240GB model with 1000MB/s and 900MB/s read/write times.

OCZ’s take on the RevoDrive 3

Designed with power users and multimedia designers in mind, the RevoDrive 3 SSD Series provides the ultimate storage solution for intensive workstation applications with maximum performance and a sophisticated feature-set based on OCZ’s proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture 2.0 (VCA) technology.

The RevoDrive 3 provides unique benefits to users by incorporating features from the VCA 2.0 flash virtualization software that allow certain direct memory access (DMA) and data management functions. Included in this feature-set are OCZ’s exclusive command queuing and queue balancing algorithms, which can be handled by the onboard processing core for higher performance and reduced burden on the host resources. VCA 2.0 is also the only virtualization layer in the industry with TRIM and SCSI unmap support to enhance sustained performance and provide greater endurance by significantly reducing the overhead associated with garbage collection. Furthermore, VCA also offers consolidated SMART support and provides system administrators with advanced features for monitoring, analyzing, and reporting device attributes.

With an all-new architecture, the RevoDrive 3 shatters its predecessor’s performance record and is faster than comparable solutions ten times the price. The dual-controller Revo3 delivers up to 1GB/s of bandwidth and up to 130,000 IOPS (4K random write) under HPC or workstation workloads with a single-card solution. Additionally, the Revo3 offers ample capacity for users in media development and management looking for more storage room.

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Available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities, the OCZ RevoDrive 3 provides incredible performance for data warehousing, applications, multimedia files, and operating systems with the superior durability, energy efficiency, and reliability of SSDs.

Specifications

  • Read: Up to 1000 MB/s
  • Write: Up to 900 MB/s
  • Max Random Write 4KB (Aligned): 130,000 IOPS

Features

  • Available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities
  • PCI-Express Gen. 2 x4 interface
  • MLC NAND flash
  • Full height form factor
  • OCZ SuperScale Storage Controller
  • Virtualized Controller Architecture 2.0
  • Bootable as a direct-attach device
  • 128-bit & 256-bit AES-compliant data encryption
  • SMART monitoring
  • 167.64 (L) x 98.42 (W) x 15.25mm (H)
  • Weight: 114g
  • Shock Resistance: 1500g
  • Operating Temp: 0°C ~ 70°C
  • Ambient Temp: 0°C ~ 55°C
  • Storage Temp: -45°C ~ 85°C
  • Power Consumption: 7.5W idle, 8.3W active
  • MTBF: 1,000,000 hours
  • 3-Year Warranty
  • Current OS Supported: Windows 7 32/64

Closer Look

The most important feature of the new RevoDrive 3 its use of VCA 2.0 which OCZ states allows this new drive to take farther advantage of enterprise-level functions for increase performance as well as power fail protection.  And with such a feature OCZ’s RevoDrive 3 is the only drive of its type with TRIM and SCSI Unmap support. OCZ’s Kevin Wagner explains VCA 2.0 in greater details in the video here.

The RevoDrive 3 honestly looks like most any other PCIe controller on the surface but OCZ has packed a ton of tech into this PCIe card. The RevoDrive 3 uses dual Sandforce SF-2281 controllers to allow the drive to perform at the incredible pace it goes.

The reason for the dual controllers is to allow each of the blocked sets of 25nm MLC NAND memory modules to operate in a RAID-type configuration. But in this case OCZ uses their SuperScale technology to accomplish this feat. The first set of memory modules is located on the top of the card while the other sixteen reside on the bottom side of the card.

The RevoDrive connectivity is through greater than x1 PCIe slots, so only x4, x8 and x16 PCIe can be used. Even so it would be beneficial for the consumer to research to see just what slots on their motherboard can be used by the RevoDrive 3. OCZ has a list of motherboards that have been confirmed to be compatible with the drive here.

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Test Hardware:
Motherboard: ASUS P67 Deluxe B3
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K
Ram: Crucial 2133 4GB Dual Channel (9-9-9-24)
Video Card: ASUS Radeon HD 5870
HDD: Hitachi 1TB
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Sponsored by Thermaltake)
Case: Open air
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM

Results

HD Tune Pro 3.50
HD Tune Pro is an extended version of HD Tune which includes many new features such as: write benchmark, secure erasing, AAM setting, folder usage view, disk monitor, command line parameters and file benchmark.

ATTO Disk Benchmark
The ATTO Disk Benchmark performance measurement tool is compatible with Microsoft Windows. Measure your storage systems performance with various transfer sizes and test lengths for reads and writes. Several options are available to customize your performance measurement including queue depth, overlapped I/O and even a comparison mode with the option to run continuously. Use ATTO Disk Benchmark to test any manufacturers RAID controllers, storage controllers, host adapters, hard drives and SSD drives and notice that ATTO products will consistently provide the highest level of performance to your storage.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0
CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows to measure sequential and random read/write speeds.

AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50
FinalWire Ltd. today announced the immediate availability of AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition 1.50 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises.
The new AIDA64 update implements AVX-optimized benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge processors, adds a brand new video encoding benchmark, and supports the latest AMD and nVIDIA graphics processors.

AS SSD
The synthetic tests to determine the sequential and random read and write performance of the SSD. These tests are carried out without using the operating system caches. In Seq-test measures the program how long it takes to read a full 1 GB of file to write respectively. In the 4K test the read and write performance for random 4K blocks is determined. The 4K-64-THRD-test corresponds to the 4K procedure except that here distributes the read and write operations on 64 threads. This test should be SSDs with Native Command Queuing (NCQ) differences between the IDE operation mode where NCQ is not supported, and represent the AHCI mode. The additional compression test can measure the performance of the SSD as a function of compressibility of the data. This is especially the controllers that are used to increase the performance and life of the cell compression is important.

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SiSoftware Sandra
We are pleased to announce the launch of SiSoftware Sandra 2011, the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks. A year ago, SiSoftware released Sandra 2010 with full support for Windows 7; in the 18 months since the launch of Windows 7, more than ever before we have seen the line blur between PC and entertainment hubs. Two months ago we released a Blu-Ray benchmark, now we have added a brand-new Media Transcoding benchmark using the new Media Foundation of Windows 7. We have also added yet another benchmark (GP Cryptography) which allows direct comparison of CPU performance (using crypto instruction sets) and GPGPU/GPCPU/GPAPU performance.

Conclusion

It seems that OCZ is determined to keep their lead they currently have on the SSD market. And in order to do that they know they must be put high performance drives with blazing speeds in the hands of the enthusiasts, gamers and professionals and not just the enterprise and industrial markets. And they did just that with the RevoDrive 3 drive.

The technology that was put into the RevoDrive 3 allows the drive to achieve read/write speeds topping 1000MB/s and 900MB/s respectfully. With the aid of their special RAID technology called SuperScale, VCA 2.0 which allows for superior performance with support of TRIM and connectivity to the PCIe x4 (or higher) slot we are seeing speeds that we have never seen before in one component. The only time we were able to duplicate these kinds of numbers where to RAID two SATA III drives which can get costly and take more time to setup.

And all the technology could be utilized without the right internals working to support it. And in the case of the RevoDrive the internal called into play would be the dual SandForce SF-2281 controllers which navigates all the commands to several 25nm NAND modules.

Yes, OCZ has taking the RevoDrive as well as the SSD industry to a whole new level. But that level will set you back approximately $450 or more depending on where you tend to shop for one. This is definitely more than the price of a single 240GB SSD, but the thing is you will not get close to the performance of the RevoDrive.

If you are considering such a drive we recommend you some research to make sure the RevoDrive is compatible with your motherboard.

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