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

The RevoDrive X2 fits in any PCIe x4 slot or larger and is no different than installing any other add-in card. If you want to use the X2 as your boot drive, you will need to first make sure that your motherboard supports booting from PCIe then set that up accordingly in the BIOS.

The BIOS on the ASUS P8P67 EVO board detected the RevoDrive X2 as a "SiL Raid0 Set". Additionally as the system boots up, the SiL RAID utility displays information about each of the four drives in the RAID0 configuration. Here we see that each drive is configured at 23GB. You can also enter the RAID utility by pressing Ctrl+S or F4.

Inside the utility you can create, delete or rebuild the RAID array. Other options include the ability to resolve conflicts and low level format the drive. By clicking on Logical Drive Info, we can see that the drive is set with a 64K stripe.

Traditionally I have always installed an operating system on an SSD before testing to give better "real world" results but from now on, I am going to revert back to testing as a bare drive. With an OS installed, there are so many variables introduced (32 vs 64-bit OS, OS choice in general, installed programs, etc.) that it makes comparisons with other drives a bit more difficult.

With that said, let's move ahead and check out the hardware configuration we will be using for the RevoDrive X2.

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