OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 240 GB PCI-Express 

Released July, 2011
  • 240 GB
  • PCI-E PCI-Express
Although the latest SSDs are out with SATA 6Gbps interfaces and putting out some impressive performance, it's not enough for some who have taken to build RAID 0 arrays to eke out as much performance as possible.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)
The PCI-E interface ensures adequate bandwidth exists to handle the copious data throughputs which are handled adeptly by the four SF-2281 controllers.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)

Reviews Word on the street for the OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2


8.0
Similarly, these benchmarks make the RevoDrive as much as three times faster than the best available SATA SSDs.

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Performance

The RevoDrive's performance in the nitty gritty random access workloads that make up so much of daily computing isn't as spectacular as the raw throughput numbers would have you believe.
by Tech Radar (Sep, 2011)
Compared to the very capable Vertex 3 drive, you can see the performance is leaps and bounds better while the price per GB is relatively close - at least on the smaller 240 GB drive (source: OCZ).
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)
Legit Bottom Line: Redesigned for the better, the RevoDrive 3 X2 is an amazing piece of hardware that not only nearly doubles up on the previous generation in max speed but now offers the all important TRIM to keep that performance going strong long term.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)

Speed

Together these features help keep SSDs fast and fit.
by Tech Radar (Sep, 2011)
While being tremendously fast, for most consumer users it'll simply be overkill.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)
First, you'll have to suffer a new status screen within the system boot and post process, which slows start-up times by around three to five seconds.
by Tech Radar (Sep, 2011)

Interface

From there on, it's much the same as a standard SATA drive with two small exceptions.
by Tech Radar (Sep, 2011)
Before we consider how the RevoDrive performance and pricing place it in the broad constellation of SSDs currently, what are the practicalities of using a PCI-e -based board as opposed to a SATA drive?
by Tech Radar (Sep, 2011)
So, you'll need at least one PCI-e port of minimum four-lane spec available in your PC.
by Tech Radar (Sep, 2011)

Throughput

That's monumental bandwidth by any measure and much, much more than even the latest SATA 6Gbps interface can handle.
by Tech Radar (Sep, 2011)
In practice, a mere 500MB/s of sequential bandwidth can be enough to saturate a SATA interface.
by Tech Radar (Sep, 2011)
Throughput with incompressible data will inevitably be lower.
by Tech Radar (Sep, 2011)

Temperature

In our testing, the RevoDrive also ran hot, which indicates that there are potential problems with longevity and thermal management.
by Tech Radar (Sep, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

storage

Capacity 240 GB
Interface PCI-Express
Controller 4 x SandForce 2281
Memory type MLC

manufacturer performance

MTBF 1,000,000 hours

form factor

Form factor PCI-E
Thickness 98 mm
Weight 114 g
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