Review: OCZ RevoDrive 350 480GB PCIe SSD
Client PCIe SSD’s Comeback
Over the past year or so, it’s been no secret that OCZ has had a bit of a rough time in the market, but with the sale of their company to Toshiba late last year, OCZ has quickly been turning themselves around with several new product introductions to complete their transition from the old OCZ Technology Group to the new OCZ Storage Solutions, a Toshiba Group Company.
As a part of their transition, OCZ has been revamping their entire product stack to utilize parent company Toshiba’s NAND. By doing so, this will not only allow OCZ to put top quality NAND in their SSDs, but also provides OCZ with better cost efficiency.
Back in late 2013, OCZ began their transition to Toshiba NAND with the introduction of the Vector 150. This was then followed by the move to Toshiba NAND with the OCZ Vertex 460, which was released back in January making both OCZ flagship SATA drives based on Toshiba flash. This then leaves the RevoDrive series which not only needed to be converted to the new flash, but also needed an update as well, given the fact that the last generation RevoDrive was introduced sometime in 2011.
As such, OCZ recently unveiled their latest introduction into the PCIe SSD market, the OCZ RevoDrive 350, which we’ll be reviewing today.
OCZ RevoDrive 350 Specifications
|Model||RevoDrive 350||RevoDrive 350||RevoDrive 350|
|Form Factor||Full Height, Half Length PCIe||Full Height, Half Length PCIe||Full Height, Half Length PCIe|
|Controller||2x LSI SandForce SF-2282 /w VCA 2.0||4x LSI SandForce SF-2282 /w VCA 2.0||4x LSI SandForce SF-2282 /w VCA 2.0|
|NAND||Toshiba 19nm 2nd Gen Toggle Mode MLC||Toshiba 19nm 2nd Gen Toggle Mode MLC||Toshiba 19nm 2nd Gen Toggle Mode MLC|
|Sequential Reads||1000 MB/s||1800 MB/s||1800 MB/s|
|Sequential Writes||950 MB/s||1700 MB/s||1700 MB/s|
|4K Random Read||45,000 IOPS||90,000 IOPS||135,000 IOPS|
|4K Random Write||80,000 IOPS||140,000 IOPS||140,000 IOPS|
|Interface||PCIe Gen 2 x8||PCIe Gen 2 x8||PCIe Gen 2 x8|
|Warranty||3 Years, 50GB/day||3 Years, 50GB/day||3 Years, 50GB/day|
The OCZ RevoDrive 350 is a full height, half length PCIe SSD which will be available in capacities of 240GB, 480GB and 960GB. The drive will be powered by either 2x LSI SandForce SF-2282 controllers for the 240GB model, or 4x LSI SandForce SF-2282 controllers for the 480GB and 960GB models for maximum performance of up to 1,800MB/s reads and 1,700MB/s writes.
Since the controllers aren’t designed to interface with each other natively, they’re aggregated using OCZ’s onboard ICT-2062 SuperScale storage controller (SCSI RAID controller) along with OCZ’s VCA (Virtualized Controller Architecture) 2.0, which we’ll discuss in a bit. The new RevoDrive 350 also includes an upgraded PCIe Gen 2 x8 interface from the older PCIe Gen 2 x4 interface on the previous generation RevoDrives.
Like last generation RevoDrives, the RevoDrive 350 will be bootable via PCIe and new for this generation is Linux support, which should be a huge win for those planning to use the RevoDrive 350 in some sort of server configuration.
If that sounds pretty exciting, let’s take a closer look at the drive!