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Last month, we were able to take an early peek at a new, amazing device from the labs of OCZ. Earlier in the year, we found that their RevoDrive PCI-Express-based SSD was one of the fastest desktop storage solutions on the market, but OCZ is always pushing the envelope. And that means leapfrogging their own products quite frequently.

The RevoDrive X2 is the follow-up device to the original RevoDrive, and yes, both have debuted in the same year. That's just how quick technology is advancing these days. The new RevoDrive X2 hasn't changed much; it still plugs into a PCIe slot and provides between 100GB and 960GB of pure Flash storage. The changes are notable, however.

It has four SandForce-1200 SSD controllers (as opposed to just two on the original), and the performance potential is far greater. The earlier model topped out below 600MB/s, but this model offers up to 740MB/s and up to 120,000 IOPS. It uses an onboard RAID 0 configuration and is available now, but OCZ hasn't made pricing public yet.


New PCIe SSD Product Delivers Both Faster Speed and Increased Capacity for High-Performance Computing Applications
SAN JOSE, CA—October 28, 2010—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and systems, announces the launch of The RevoDrive X2 PCI-Express SSD, a follow-up to the successful launch of the first RevoDrive, with increased performance and capacity to serve high-performance computing consumers. The RevoDrive X2 upgrades the original architecture to deliver unprecedented speed up to 740MB/s and up to 120,000 IOPS, nearly triple the throughput of other high-end SATA-based solutions with a substantial reduction in the total cost of ownership (TCO) to the consumer.  The product is available now through OCZ’s global channel.

“The original OCZ RevoDrive SSD was designed to be the first high-performance, bootable PCIe SSD solution and has become a popular choice for demanding computing applications that require faster, more reliable storage,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. “Building on the success of the original design, we are excited to introduce the RevoDrive X2, which delivers both increased performance and capacity, making the RevoDrive X2 a viable option for a wide spectrum of applications that include professional graphic design, multimedia rendering, and workstations. With our recently announced new state-of-the-art SSD manufacturing facility in Taiwan, OCZ will continue to be at the forefront of developing and deploying game-changing solid state storage solutions.”
The RevoDrive family gets its edge by eliminating the SATA II (3Gbps) bottleneck and leveraging a PCIe x4 interface to exploit the full potential of current flash technology. Like the original RevoDrive, the X2 uses an onboard RAID 0 design, but it also employs four SandForce-1200 controllers versus two in the original to maximize data access and bandwidth. In addition to promoting a faster, more responsive PC experience, the RevoDrive X2 is bootable, unlike competing PCIe solutions, to ensure quicker start-ups and load times compared to mechanical hard drives, a major plus for workstation PCs. The RevoDrive X2 thrives in a wide range of computing environments including demanding database and server applications as well as multi-media creation and management. Available in 100GB to 960GB capacities, the OCZ RevoDrive X2 provides ample room for data warehousing, applications, multimedia files, and operating systems.  Additionally, the X2 provides the superior durability, energy efficiency, and reliability of SSDs. 

THIS,.... and I must enunciate,...THIS,.... should be the next HotHardware giveaway! (the big one)


it amazes me how we were stuck with IDE and Sata 3 for years. Now Sata 6 is too slow, so we're connecting hdd's into the pci slots...

I second neil's proposal.


jonation, actually, direct-attach PCI Express-based Flash is the way things will go in the future. It's pretty efficient since PCIe is a native system interface and you don't have to bridge to it (SATA connections have to talk over PCIe anyway, since their controllers don't have a dedicated connection but connect to PCIe). I'd like to see SATA go away soon too! It all just gets faster with direct-attach approaches.

And hmm..... lemme see what we can line up... maaayyyybe. No promises but maybe.


I know, it just amazes me that we make products too fast for old connections. Soon everything will connect natively.


I am still waiting for one of these that operates like the CausticOne card?

It would make more sense than going backwards and depending on the Velociraptors.


If everything were to connect though a pcie slot, won't we need bigger motherboards / everything? O.o


Inspector wrote:

If everything were to connect though a pcie slot, won't we need bigger motherboards / everything?

Some PCI-E devices have a tiny little plug, so maybe they could work up a way to put an area somewhere else on the board with a retention mechanism for some of them. Also, maybe a dedicated mounting area within the case with some hot-swappable plugs present on the mainboard,.......they've had remarkable success miniaturizing plugs lately........but they'll figure it out for sure.

Some (socket 1156) present day platforms would suffer due to their limited bandwidth on the existing PCI-E bus, and this may spell the end for them sooner than what Intel had planned. (an indicator that they don't have total control over the rate of development in PC hardware) I think that we'll see 1156 die fairly quick in the enthusiast 'build your own' market because of it. (unless they figure a way to increase the PCI-E bandwidth on these CPU's)

I know that it's getting real *blankity* expensive to keep up with all of the significant platform changes that we're seeing introduced these days, and it will get worse as time goes on. Computers, 5 years from now promise to be some amazing gear, and 10 years even more so. It's a great time to be around to see it happen.