OCZ RevoDrive X2 PCI-E Solid State Drive
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 02-14-2011
Provided by: OCZ Technology
First Look

The RevoDrive X2 is wrapped in an anti-static bag and stuffed inside of a padded foam container for safe delivery. Included with the drive is an Installation & Quick Start Guide and an OCZ SSD sticker.

As mentioned earlier, the layout of the X2 is virtually identical to the original with the exception of the added daughter card. The card is still built on a black PCB with the memory chips near the front and various controllers scattered elsewhere.

The Intel MLC memory chips on this card read 29F32G08AAMDB which are identical to the original RevoDrive as well as what we found on the Vertex 2 and Agility 2. Each chip is 4GB and with eight chips on the front and back of the main PCB as well as eight more on the front and back of the daughter card, we have a total of 32 chips x 4GB = 128GB. This particular card is rated at 100GB so the remaining space is used by the controllers for maintenance.

The X2 also uses the same SandForce controller, model SF-1222TA3-SBH. The controller count has been bumped up to four thanks to the daughter card. The RevoDrive X2 uses an internal RAID 0 configuration which is how it's able to provide such high transfer rates. The chip with the holographic R sticker is a Sil3124 (Silicon Image) PCI/PCI-X to 4 Port SATA300 host controller. The chip at the bottom of the card (half covered by the daughter card) is a Pericom (PI7C9X130DNDE) PCI Express to PCI/PCI-X reversible Bridge. The chip near the top is a CMOS chip, labeled SST 39VF040.

In summary, the Sil chip controls the RAID setup and the Pericom lets the data work across the PCI-e interface. It goes like this: SATA converted to PCI-X, PCI-X converted to PCI-E.

As we found on the original RevoDrive, there are seven LED indicators near the expansion slot bracket. These light up blue, although at the back of the computer and on the inside, you can't really see them.

Continue ahead as we install the RevoDrive X2.

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