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The product we have in the labs today is the REVO 50GB bootable PCI-E drive. Using RAID 0 SSD drives with Sandforce controllers and their own Silicon image Raid chip sounds like a dream come true for performance enthusiasts. OCZ rates the Revo 50GB drive at 540 MB/s Read and 450 MB/s write speeds with a 4k Random Write of 70k IOPS.
Revo Drives feature MLC (Multi Level Cell) NAND technology and Sand Force 1222 controller which is already a proven combination. The card operates on the PCI-E generation 1 standard for better motherboard compatibility. Bandwidth in this case will not be a limiting factor as the PCI-E bus has more than enough available.
By utilizing the PCI-E lanes the Revo family of drives eliminates the bottlenecks you would encounter with traditional SATA 3GBs or 6GBs interfaces. The card installs into a x4 slot but should work in any lane above x4 size. The speed afforded by a PCI-E x4 is more than enough for a super fast storage device like the Revo Drive 50GB.
In the following pages we will take you on a tour of the drive and subject it to our test suite and see if it lives up to it's specifications, the hype and our expectations.