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OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD (480 GB) Review – Incredible Performance Reaching 1800 MB/s

TECHNOLOGY X TESTING PROTOCOL

At Technology X, we test our SSD’s slightly different depending upon the drive’s marketed purpose, that of a consumer or an enterprise focused SSD.  For a consumer SSD, our goal is to test in a system that has been optimized with our SSD Optimization Guide, however, CPU C State alteration may or may not have occurred depending on the motherboard and BIOS configurations. Benchmarks for our consumer tests are that of fresh drives, so that we can verify that the manufacturer’s specifications match the SSD. Additionally, we also try to include links to the benchmarks used in our report so that you as the reader can replicate our tests to confirm that your SSD is top-notch.

System Feb 2014

SYSTEM COMPONENTS

This Test Bench build was the result of some great relationships and purchase; our appreciation goes to the below mentioned manufacturers for their support in our project. All of the components we use for testing and evaluation can be easily purchased at a relatively affordable price. The links provided below can assist in pricing, as well as availability for those of you who may find interest in our equipment.

PC CHASSIS: InWin 901 Mini-ITX Chassis
MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P8H77-I Mini-ITX
CPU: Intel i7 2600 CPU
CPU COOLER: Corsair H80 CPU Cooler
POWER SUPPLY: Cooler Master M2 Silent Pro 850W
SYSTEM COOLING: Corsair Chassis Fan
MEMORY: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 1600 MHz
GRAPHICS CARD: EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti

BENCHMARK SOFTWARE

The software used for today’s analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consists of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Piriform Speccy, Crystal DiskMark, AS SSD, and PCMark Vantage.  In consumer reports, we prefer to test with easily accessible software that the consumer can obtain, and in many cases, we even provide links. Our selection of software allows each to build on the last and to provide validation to results already obtained.

PIRIFORM SPECCY

Piriform Speccy is a great tool for checking the status and health of your computer system. It provides you with brief summary, or a detailed look, at your operating system, CPU, RAM, motherboard, graphics, storage, optical drives, audio, peripherals and network.

OCZ REVODRIVE 350 PCIE SSD PIRIFORM SPECCY

With Speccy we can see that the RevoDrive 350 features the S.M.A.R.T. attribute, which allows for us to monitor the health of the SSD over its lifespan, as well as TRIM. We can also see with the OCZ PCIe SSD that the total usable space, after firmware and over-provisioning, is 447 GB.

ATTO DISK BENCHMARK VER. 2.47

ATTO Disk Benchmark is a relatively easy-to-use benchmark tool, which happens to be the benchmark of choice for many manufacturers. ATTO uses compressible data rather than random data, which results in higher performance and thus, higher benchmark scores. In our testing, we have selected the transfer size to range from 0.5KB to 8192KB, and have set the total length of the test to be 256MB.

OCZ REVODRIVE 350 PCIE SSD ATTO

Our first benchmark tests shows us that the RevoDrive 350 has read speeds of up to 1793 MB/s, as well as write speeds of up to 1846 MB/s, which is almost spot on with the listed specifications given to us by OCZ. The RevoDrive 350 is definitely starting off strong with incredible results, let’s dig deeper.

Today, Technology X has the opportunity to check out a different style of solid state drive, the OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD. Last week we played with the Samsung XP941, a slightly different form factor from the RevoDrive 350, but much the same concept in terms of performance and function. While the XP941 is designed with the smaller form factor in mind, as well as being a native PCIe SSD for your system, the RevoDrive 350 is geared towards an essential storage device for your workstation computer that requires greater and more consistent performance. It has been a busy few months for…

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Speed Phenom!

The OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe solid state drive is a great drive that is positioned towards workstation PC users, but would make one amazing upgrade to any gaming rig. Of course, that's if your pockets can handle it.

User Rating: 1.98 ( 3 votes)

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