PCIe Storage Reviews
PCIe storage reviews form a scope for PCIe SSDs which are designed for consumers and creative professionals who require maximum performance for multimedia, gaming, and other applications. PCIe storage reviews assess technology designed to bypass bottlenecks found in storage interfaces. PCIe SSDs can be installed in PCIe enclosures as well, delivering an option for consumers lacking an available PCIe expansion slot and for creative professionals who need shared PCIe SSDs for video and content editing.
by Lyle Smith

OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD Review

The OCZ Storage Solutions RevoDrive 350 is the latest edition of its RevoDrive family of enthusiast PCIe SSDs. The RevoDrive 350 is redesigned from the ground up with updated drivers to enable maximum performance and efficiency as well as taking advantage of new hardware design. The RevoDrive 350 is a PCIe integral storage solution, which is often used by creative professionals, enthusiasts and others who are looking to get around bandwidth limits that face traditional SSDs (i.e. 6Gb/s). We reviewed its predecessor--the OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2--a few years ago and were incredibly impressed with the results. We expect more of the same with the OCZ RevoDrive 350 drives (and then some!), as the 350 is specced to boast read speeds upwards of 1800MB/s, writes of 1700MB/s and 4K random write IOPS of 140,000 for the 480GB/960GB models. These quoted numbers by OCZ are by in large the fastest seen we’ve seen yet for any client PCIe SSDs from any brand of consequence, setting a new bar for performance.

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by Kevin OBrien

OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD Review

The OWC Mercury Accelsior is a PCIe SSD designed for the enthusiast and creative professional market who crave the fastest storage available within a client workstation. OWC uses a unique design, essentially leveraging a PCIe PCB with two host slots for their gumstick-shaped SSDs and a management controller that ties the drives together. The architecture itself isn't novel, but OWC's implementation is, using in-house components and engineering to make the Accelsior come to life. OWC also provides options for the user which are unique. By default the drives ship in a RAID0 configuration which offers throughput around 800MB/s; users also have ability to switch to RAID1 for data redundancy, or JBOD mode to access the individual drives.

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by Charles Jefferies

OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid Review

The OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid is new entry for OCZ in the growing caching storage segment. The main thrust of caching is to get SSD speeds over the span of a larger capacity hard drive. With the RevoDrive Hybrid, OCZ is attempting to accomplish this goal by delivering a single integrated solution of a 1TB hard drive, 100GB caching SSD and software from NVELO on a PCIe board that's easy to install. 

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by Kevin OBrien

OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 Review Update

Over the summer we reviewed a pre-production version of the 480GB OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 SSD. Even though the hardware and firmware were not final builds, the RevoDrive 3 X2 was still incredibly impressive, given the speedy PCIe interface and four SandForce SF-2281 processors. We've finally been able to log enough time with the production version of the RevoDrive 3 X2 and our excitement over the platform has done nothing but grow. In fact, the performance of the card rose so signficantly that we had to adjust the scale of our benchmark charts to compensate.

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by Kevin OBrien

OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid First Thoughts Review

OCZ recently announced availability of the 1TB RevoDrive Hybrid, which marries a 1TB 2.5" hard drive with a 100GB OCZ SSD and caching software to deliver SSD like speeds across the larger storage volume. The hybrid idea of course isn't new, Seagate's Momentus XT has shipped over one million units and there are several client and enterprise solutions that use a combination of hardware and software to accomplish similar goals. OCZ's going for simplicity though, a self-contained solution that is easy to set up and leverages the PCIe interface to deliver reads up to 910 MB/s, writes of 810 MB/s and 4KB random write IOPS of 120,000.

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by Kevin OBrien

OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 480GB Review

When it comes to desktop-based high-performance storage, to get to the bleeding edge there are certain limits you have to work around. A single SATA SSD, no matter how fast it is, will be held back by the 6.0Gb/s bandwidth. To get around this, many opt for the PCIe interface, either by using a RAID card with multiple drives grouped together or a PCIe integral storage solution. Today we look at the latter option with the latest in OCZ's RevoDrive family of enthusiast SSDs, the RevoDrive 3 X2. Incorporating four SandForce SF-2281 processors and 480GB of tier one NAND flash; the OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 drives read speed up to 1500MB/s and writes of 1250MB/s and 4K random write IOPS of 200,000.

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