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    Hardware Review: OCZ RevoDrive X2 160GB PCI-Express x4 SSD

    Well I finally got around to doing my new from the grownd up computer build, it's been four years since the last time I built.
    I had a serious itch to build with the latest tech in high speed drives, and that would be a solid state drive that boots & operates from a PCIE slot on the mainboard.

    I can tell you right now that this is a performance winner in every sense of the word.
    This is the sort of drive that will render curtailing applications that start up with the operating system a thing of the past.

    OCZ RevoDrive X2 160GB PCI-Express x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    OCZ Motherboard Compatibility Shortlist

    OCZ RevoDrive X2 OCZSSDPX PCI-Express x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive.jpg
    SPECS:
    Brand OCZ
    Series RevoDrive X2
    Model OCZSSDPX-1RVDX0160
    Device Type Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Used For Consumer Physical Form Factor PCI-E
    Capacity 160GB
    Memory Components MLC
    Interface PCI-Express x4 Performance
    Sustained Sequential Read up to 740MB/s
    Sustained Sequential Write up to 690MB/s
    MTBF 2,000,000 hours Features
    Features Sustained Write: upto 550 MB/s
    4KB Random Write: 100,000 IOPS
    Seek Time: 0.1 ms
    Onboard RAID 0
    ECC:27 bytes of redundancy per 512bytes data. Up to twelve 9-bit symbols correctable
    PCI-Express: Fully compliant with the PCIe ElectromechanicalSpecification Rev. 1.1, and with thePCI-Express Base Specification Rev. 1.1 Environmental
    Power Consumption (Idle) 4.3W
    Power Consumption (Active) 8.3W
    Max Shock Resistance 1500G Manufacturer Warranty
    Parts 3 years limited
    Labor 3 years limited
    The drive is currently priced in the Four hundred dollar range, a bit expensive, but as time passes I'm sure these things will start to come down in price somewhat. For me I think it is worth it.
    The drive comes preconfigured with a RAID 0 setup on a chip built onto it's board. This sort of configuration helps push those read/write speed specs into the 600-700 MB/s as advertised in the specifications list. That is the realy nice part about this drive, a RAID set up where you need not do anything to set up other than download the driver, as Windows 7 does not have them.
    BIOS Settings
    Individual BIOS setting will vary between board makers, with mine, I had to have this configured for
    AHCI Mode, set all other SATA ports to IDE, and disable S3 sleep. (set to S1)
    Getting this set up in a system where I had all my SATA port populated, including SSD's on the SATA 3.0 ports & regular HDD's on the SATA 2.0 ports, was a bit of trial and error frustration. I would, in retrospect, just install this drive only, get it set up with an operating system installed and have it running and booting stable before installing other drives on any other SATA ports.
    Install & Set Up
    Installation and set-up wasn't too bad, that is, if you have taken the time to research what that would entail. Not all motherboards will operate this drive.
    It's up to you to do the legwork involved in finding this out.
    The Motherboard I decided on required that the drive be placed on the second PCIEx16 slot. I have a brand new NVIDIA GTX 580 sitting in the first X16 slot, so the OCZ drive sits within millimeters of it.
    The GPU card has a very decent thermal solution and rarely gets above 40 C at stock settings under normal loads.
    Installing the operating system requires the downloading of drivers directly from the OCZ website, no CD/DVD in the retail package, and as many of you already know, it is better to have all the latest drivers for a new build, downloaded directly from the product's website. There is a very good chance that when you install something from a packaged DVD driver disc, they are already outdated. Brand new hardware demands the latest drivers, this is certainly true with regard to motherboard and BIOS. Alway ensure that your BIOS if up to date.
    At some point after boot from the Windows 7 64 bit installation disc you are asked to supply the drivers. Many suggest converting the operating system set up to a bootable USB device and placing the needed drivers in there, and that's a decent way to speed up and ensure a trouble free install. But all I needed
    to do was place the needed drivers on any USB stick, insert it into a USB drive slot on the computer, and refresh "browse". The installation then proceeded without a hitch. Some recommend disabling the PCIE link state power management in the advanced section under PCI Express, when you finally get into the os upon first boot, but I have not done this and I don't see any issues as a result,...thus far that is. I've had this up and running for a little over 24 hrs now.

    MoBo.jpg
    The card is seated just under the GPU card

    Questions & comment are welcome



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    Last edited by CLiNT; 2011-07-22 at 19:13.

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    That's a great system you've got there, CLiNT! If I were to use it for a day, I would be hard pressed to go back to mine.

    Keep us updated on how things are going as you start stretching its legs.

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    CLiNT,

    Nice box! Would you mind posting a parts list?
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    If I were still using my desktop regularly I would be extremely jealous. Looks awesome. How much of a speed increae have you noticed? I'm with RG parts list and specs would be great. Congrats Clint
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    That's an impressive list! The picture is pretty impressive too. Congrats .

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    CLiNT,

    3K w/o monitor...please adopt me!
    I can't believe you got 12Gb of memory for only $110!
    I noticed it also does not include any spinning disk drive and no DVD/Blue Ray drive.
    Did the case come w/a PS if so what specs? If not what did you get?

    Inquiring minds want to know...actually I'm just a curious B.....d!
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    CLiNT,
    WOW!!!! Thanks for that impressive list . I only hope that someday i can do the same... Just so many things to do ...so little time... Regards Fred
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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    CLiNT,

    3K w/o monitor...please adopt me!
    I can't believe you got 12Gb of memory for only $110!
    I noticed it also does not include any spinning disk drive and no DVD/Blue Ray drive.
    Did the case come w/a PS if so what specs? If not what did you get?

    Inquiring minds want to know...actually I'm just a curious B.....d!
    I kept some parts from my older set up like; Corsair HX1000 PSU, all my spin HDDs, monitor (Samsung SyncMaster 244T), and CD/DVD drive.
    I'm still working on cable management...
    HDD Mounts.jpg
    There are two SSDs mounted at the very bottom of those drives.

    Full.jpg
    This case is supposed to take advantage of posative pressure airflow.
    With the Six fans that I have, I find I'm in need of a fan controler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Plain Fred View Post
    CLiNT,
    WOW!!!! Thanks for that impressive list . I only hope that someday i can do the same... Just so many things to do ...so little time... Regards Fred
    Fred, you ought to take a look into this case for yourself.
    It can very easily accommodate up to 6 or more drives mounted in various positions.
    And 2 SSDs mounted at the bottom of the drive bays.

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    I spent an awful lot of time looking into parts/compatabilities, but there is one hardware purchase that I didn't, and it's come
    back to bite me...
    This Keyboard won't function in BIOS: Logitech 920 Black USB Wired Ultra-thin Illuminated Keyboard
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    I guess that's what happens when you don't do all your homework researching components.

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    CLiNT,

    I have 2 Dell wired USB keyboards and they both work in BIOS of course they are hooked to Dell machines, but they may work for you. It should be easy enough to find a friend who has one to test.
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    I'm going to keep my old Logitech G15 keyboard, but I like this new one so much I've decided to keep using it right now for everyday usage.
    I did some looking around and found that others are having similar issues, but not everyone. So probably no way to tell this before buying.
    There doesn't appear to be any particular hardware that is consistant.

    I've tried slowing the boot cycle down and the best I could do as far as the new keyboard is concerned, is get the illuminated keys to come on during BIOS, but no go on actually using the keyboard in BIOS.

    Getting back to the Revo, I've been up and running with it for about a week now with minimal issues. No instability or data corruption that I've been able to notice. Event viewer does flag some errors that are specific to the PCIe drive, but nothing earth shattering.

    Untitled1.jpg

    Over-all I thought the PCIe SSD was well worth the purchase. Programs that have traditionally taken time to open are far more responsive, like office & WLM.
    The bottom line is that if your contemplating getting one of these drives, do your homework to ensure your current hardware is fully compatible.
    Go to forums and see who is having issues with what, and how/what steps they are taking to rectify them.

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    Read/Write speeds for the OCZ RevoDrive X2 160GB PCI-Express x4 SSD in (real-world) usage.

    We'll do a control of sorts from within Windows explorer with the native windows 'print key' to provide snap-shots;
    First I'm going to use a folder with Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (3 flavors) and Office Home and Student 2010, totaling approx 5GB.
    The Folder.jpg
    Total filesizes in the folder >5GB

    First I'll transfer a large file from a regular HDD, a WD 1 TB drive, to another 1 TB HDD, not the Revo PCIe or any other SSD.
    HDD to HDD.jpg
    To be fair, I'll take the snap-shot while the file transfer bar indicates the transfer is halfway through.
    This should provide more of a sustained transfer speed rather than the initial boost one gets when the transfer is
    in the earlier phase.

    Second, I'll Transfer the same said file from a regular 1 TB HDD to another SSD on the SATA 3.0 port, not the Revo PCIe boot drive;
    HDD to SSD 1.jpg
    Again, the snap-shot was taken halfway through the transfer in order to give you more of a real-world experience.

    Finally, the transfer of the 5GB folder to the Revo PCIe from another SSD on the SATA 3.0 port;
    Sustained.jpg

    This tranfer took a few seconds to complete

    Well, that's it.
    I hope this provides you with some indication of the performance. Not a totally scientific benchmark, but more along the lines of a real-world
    usage demonstration that everyone can understand.


    [all files/folders coppied from right of screen to left in the photo views]


    Correction: the REVO X2 PCIe is only 1.1X rated, not PCIe 2.0
    Last edited by CLiNT; 2012-09-11 at 22:51.

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    Transfering the 5 GB folder from the Revo PCIe drive...

    1). To a regular 1 TB HDD;
    From Revo to HDD.jpg
    Snapshot taken halfway through the transfer. There was a sizable boost speed during the initial transfer of approx 500MB/s

    2). To a SSD on the SATA 3.0 port;
    From Revo to SSD.jpg

    Conclusion:
    Don't expect to actually get 500-700 MB/s sustained, you'd be lucky in most real-world instances to get what I got, at best.
    (Unless you have a motherboard that is [natively] supportive of the SATA 6 Gbs/s standard, and not the X58 boards).

    It looks to me like the lowest denominator will slow me down, and that it's possibly the true lack of native SATA 6 Gbs/s standard on the X58 platform.

    ...Comments welcome

    [all files/folders coppied from right of screen to left in the photo views]

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