OCZ launches new version of PCIe SSD, RevoDrive X2

By Mike Fischer on October 29, 2010, 10:00 AM
Back in June we covered OCZ's unveiling of the RevoDrive, a PCI-Express SSD aimed at high-performance setups. Designed to eliminate the traditional SATA connection bottleneck and take advantage of the PCIe interface's higher transfer rates, the drive was capable of writing 540MB/sec with 75,000 IOPS. Now just four months later we have the release of the RevoDrive X2. This new version bumps performance up to 740MB/sec and 120,000 IOPS, three times the throughput of other high-end SATA based solutions according to OCZ.

Featuring an on-board RAID 0 design like it's predecessor, the X2 employs four SandForce-1200 controllers to increase data access and bandwidth. OCZ touts the drive series for being bootable, unlike other PCIe SSDs on the market which can only be used for storage purposes. This should allow for even faster start-up and load times, something already enjoyed with traditional SSDs. Capacity will range between 100GB and 960GB, but the performance comes at a price -- the previous model still retails for up to $1000 and above for the higher-storage versions.


While the idea of a PCIe-based SSD may be new to some readers, it's a concept being pushed for more standardized adoption. The "SSD Form Factor Working Group," made up of Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, IBM, and Intel, is looking to make utilizing high-performance storage easier and more cost effective. Areas the group focuses on improving include connectors compatible with SAS/SATA 3.0 and PCIe 3, a 2.5 inch form factor to ensure enclosure flexibility, increased power envelope to support higher drive performance, and hot-plug capability for easier servicing.




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JMMD JMMD, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Way out of my price range for home use but the performance must be amazing.

Demons said:

I would love one of these as my boot drive but I don't think I have the money... would be nice though... how about in next year's giveaway!

kazarm said:

I will just wait for the new Sandforce SF-2000 controller on a normal SATA SSD.

It is capable of 60.000 IOPS and 500 MB/S for just a fraction of the price of this one.

highlander84 said:

Wonder how long it will take this to become affordable for the home users. Great idea and the speeds are amazing.

TwiztidSef said:

I didn't think SSD's would progress this quickly. The price is way high but for what it is, i can understand why. The only problem I see really is that you can only fit so many of these in a computer. Alot more SATA drives would be able to fit in a computer. I am sure you can get that performance if you raided them properly. I saw a demo of a large SATA SSD raid in which they copied a DVD (4.3 GB) from one directory to another in less than 3 seconds.

Anyway, utilizing this technology in different ways is great because it will fit someones needs. I can't wait till motherboards come with like a 20 GB chip on them for OS or BIOS or something.

**Off Topic** - Why don't they build a utility to download an OS into BIOS? I know their changing the BIOS standard, but i just want to see that feature for open source stuff and microsoft if they would agree with that.

Puiu Puiu said:

It's still way too expensive for normal people to buy. Performance? it's better to put 2 normal SSD's in raid for a fraction of the price.

Neojt said:

i want one this is soo cool

Colonel Lance said:

I think the idea is cool, especially now that it's bootable, but SSDs REALLY need to come down in price for anyone but an absolute die hard performance centered gamer or maybe a business would ever buy the large capacity ones.

As it stands now it's only really feasible (monetarily) to buy a small, 16-160GB SSD to use for your OS and maybe your essential programs. At least it is for me.

frodough said:

great gadget! i cant wait till the day when everything is just a simple plug on the board minus all the wires!

and the back panel will only have just usb's and hdmi's and sata's if even less. that would be awesome

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

twiztidsef said:

**Off Topic** - Why don't they build a utility to download an OS into BIOS? I know their changing the BIOS standard, but i just want to see that feature for open source stuff and microsoft if they would agree with that.

You do realise the BIOS is usually around 8MB in size right? I don't think Windows would fit "Into" the BIOS chip some how.

I think I know what your getting at though, Motherboards with a decent amount of On-board Flash Memory for an OS?

Also, this does already exist on some Asus Motherboards, you can load instantly into a Linux based OS just to quickly get on the web etc...

xcelofjkl said:

I read an article that Intel, along with samsung and toshiba?, are teaming up to standardize PCIe SSDs, which severely outpace SATA SSDs. <1ms access times anyone?

Elitassj4 said:

Well, this is something new.First time when i hear about this.The future's bright.

alinsaviuc said:

Lovely but too expensive.

prototip said:

Too bad TRIM is not supported on this amazing drive

edison5do said:

alinsaviuc said:

Lovely but too expensive.

Remember that this is a enterprice market product, its intended for that purpose, even if enthusiast or the "I need to have it" minded go for it.

CyberChrist said:

I dream of the day where I can get such speeds for a reasonable price. I feel that my current RAID 0 setup is quite quick I couldn't imagine how this would feel. Hopefully prices on these SSDs come down just as quick as possible.

Storagebox said:

my SDD is fast enough, idk what ill do with that kind of speed, and i dont find alot of motherboard with 4x pcie, most of them are 16x and i dont like to use one of them in case i want to sli or Crossfire

whiteandnerdy said:

if i had that kind of cash burning a hole in my pocket I'd get one. the performance is amazing but it's a little too much for a home setup.

Guest said:

"I read an article that Intel, along with samsung and toshiba?, are teaming up to standardize PCIe SSDs, which severely outpace SATA SSDs. <1ms access times anyone?"

Current SSD's already give you less than 1ms access times what are you smoking?

Richy2k9 said:

hello ...

humm, too expensive but fantastic concept, it's now in my wishlist, anyone lovin' me please check & gift, thanks.

cheers!

Guest said:

Just spent $100 on scratch offs, I'll get one of these by the end of the week!

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

I'll say "forget about it," most of us can't afford these for another 10 years.

princeton princeton said:

Those speeds are remarkable.

Nevercheck said:

are these only pciex1 or are there any pciex16??

Guest said:

can we out partition C on DDR3? :D how fast would be that?

alexandrionel said:

That is a good idea for the future. I mean even the sata has it's limits and maybe in the future we will plug our storage drives in the pci slot.

P.S.

It is nice to see a lot of articles and press releases that confirm the coming of faster and better drives but what I would like to see is a press release about the mass adoption of a blu ray writer.

Timonius Timonius said:

Guest said:

can we out partition C on DDR3? how fast would be that?

If you mean by RAM it wouldn't be possible because it is volatile memory. As soon as the power is turned off you would lose the entire 'drive'. But otherwise you're right about speed.

Other than that It is nice to see technology being used 'outside the box'.

klepto12 klepto12, TechSpot Paladin, said:

These prices are insane but so are the insane amount of data they can transfer i would love to have one of these bad boys in my rig

nickblame said:

we might as well go for 40gb ram with that kind of money.

brianmsu said:

wow i had no idea sata was even a bottle neck, man i cant even keep up with how fast they're putting this stuff out

stbecker said:

So we've moved drives from the SATA ports to PCI-E. Great. I know it's a stretch but can't someone figure out how to use volatile memory for storage? RAM slots are already there.

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