OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB PCI-E SSD Review

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Test System and Setup

Legit Reviews Test System

All tests were performed on a fresh and up-to-date install of Windows 7 Pro x64 with no other applications running while using AHCI mode set through the BIOS. In between every test, the test drives were secure erased using an instance of Parted Magic or the OCZ secure erase tool in their toolbox. As such, all results should be indicative of optimal performance. All components were set to their default speeds and are listed below. As always, we’d like to thank ASUS for their generosity and support in providing the motherboard for our test bench.

LR Test Bench

Z68 Test Bench

Intel LGA 1155 Test Platform
Component Brand/Model Live Pricing

Processor

Core i5 2500k

Motherboard

ASUS P8Z68-V Pro

Memory

Crucial 2 x 2GB  PC3-10600

Video Card

Gigabyte GeForce GT 430

HDD OS Drive

WD VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB

SRT Cache drive

Intel 510 Series 250GB

SSD OS Drive

OCZ Agility 240GB

Power Supply

Corsair HX1000

Operating System

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit


RevoDrive Hybrid Setup

While you can use the drive as a non-OS drive, you cannot do so in the RAID configuration as designed. If you try, the software will use your primary OS drive instead of using the Hybrid’s own 1TB hard drive. So the only thing that makes sense to use it for is the OS drive unless you like wasting money. When installing windows, you’ll need to install the driver that can be found on OCZ’s product page. Once Windows is installed, you can install the Dataplex software that will create the RAID array to kick things in high gear. This is also found on the product page.

RevoDrive Hybrid Dataplex

To download the software, you’ll need the license activation key that’s found on a sticker affixed to the back of the drive.

RevoDrive Hybrid OCZ Tool

Before we get to the rest of the installation, we’ll note that at this point you can secure erase the SSD portion of the drive. When it’s new, that’s not really necessary but down the road, things may slow a little and a secure erase to reset the drive may be in order. To do so, you’ll have to uninstall the Dataplex software which will uncouple the drives. This will require a reboot and a lengthy wait while the drive sorts things out (this was a pain for benchmarking!). Once rebooted, the SSD drive will show in the OCZ tool as above and a secure erase is possible. The downside of doing all of this, besides the time spent, is that you’ll have to build a whole new catalog of ‘hot’ data all over again.

RevoDrive Hybrid Dataplex

When installing the Dataplex software, you simply select the, as of now, two distinct drives on the RevoDrive Hybrid as shown above. If you have other drives connected to the system, they may show up so be careful what you choose or disconnect all other drives before beginning.

RevoDrive Hybrid Dataplex

At this point you receive an obligatory warning about data loss should you pair it with a potential cache drive already containing data (see above paragraph – be careful!). In no time at all, the configuration is ready for use. Quick and painless.

RevoDrive Hybrid Dataplex

And away we go! On to the benchmarks.

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