OCZ RevoDrive 3 PCI-Express SSD
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Josh Maronde
Date: 12-05-2011
Provided by: OCZ Technology
Installation / Setup

I will be using the following hardware with the RevoDrive 3.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
Corsair Hydro H70 Liquid CPU Cooler
Gigabyte Z68XP-UD5
MSI R6850 Cyclone PE / OC VGA
Corsair 2x 2GB XMS3 DDR3
Seagate 400GB HDD
OCZ ZT Series 650w PSU
Corsair Obsidian 650D Chassis
Optical drive
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I didn't run into any issues when installing the RevoDrive despite my motherboard not being mentioned on OCZ's list of compatible boards. I ran benchmark tests with the device set up as a storage drive but afterwards I removed the hard drive and used the RevoDrive 3 as a boot drive. Again, there was no issue here. I was able to load the RevoDrive 3 drivers from a USB drive when installing Windows 7.

I will be using the following benchmarks to gauge the performance of the RevoDrive 3:

ATTO Disk Benchmark
AS SSD Benchmark
SiSoft Sandra Physical Disks
IO Meter 2008

Below are the benchmark results.

Right out of the gate we see extremely high numbers from ATTO, making the RevoDrive 3 the fastest storage solution we have ever tested. The Read numbers are dead on with OCZ's claim of 1000MB/s while the Writes are about 23MB/s higher than rated. In CrystalDiskMark, the first set of results is with the default test numbers which uses some incompressible data. The second screenshot shows the program testing with 0's, or compressible data. SandForce drives respond much better to this type of data. AS SSD also uses incompressible data, hence the lower numbers here. Sandra results are strong and we see Write IOPS around 111,000 in IO Meter, a little short of the 130,000 the specs claim.

For the real world file transfer test, I measured how long it took to copy two sets of files from one location to another on the drive. For the small files test, I transferred 557 MP3 files, totaling 2.56GB. For the large file, I zipped these same MP3s into a single file measuring 2.52GB in size. Results are below:

Small File Transfer Time: 18.2 seconds
Large File Transfer Time: 16.9 seconds

Let's move ahead and wrap up our findings with a conclusion.

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