Thursday, September 01, 2011

Icy News: OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB Released

"At Computex in July, OCZ announced the RevoDrive Hybrid PCI Express storage solution, along with their updated family of RevoDrive 3 SSDs. The RevoDrive Hybrid is now shipping, and offers a unique combination of 1TB 2.5" hard drive coupled with a 100GB OCZ SSD on a PCIe card. The drives combined with caching software can deliver 1TB of storage at 120,000 IOPS and read speeds up to 910 MB/s and writes of 810 MB/s. 
OCZ is leveraging Dataplex caching software from NVELO on the RevoDrive Hybrid. Dataplex uses algorithms to determine which data is used more frequently, placing those files on the SSD to leverage the speed benefit, while lesser requested files remain on the hard drive. The caching is dynamic and adaptive based on specific user habits.
SSD caching solutions have been around for some time, as users struggle with the balance between SSD performance and hard drive capacity. The OCZ solution is unique in that it offers both the hard drive and SSD on a single PCIe card, taking up minimal space in a PC. On the hard drive side, OCZ is leveraging a 2.5" 5,400 RPM drive. The SSD contains 25nm MLC NAND and a pair of SandForce SF-2281 processors. 
OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid Specs
  • Usable Capacities (IDEMA) - 100GB SSD+1TB HDD
  • 25nm MLC NAND
  • PCI-Express Gen. 2 x4
  • PCIe FullHeight
  • SandForce 2281 x 2
  • Hard Drive Rotational Speed - 5,400 RPM
  • Dataplex Caching Software
  • 167.64 x 98.42 x 22.15 mm (dimensions do not include bracket)
  • 289g
  • Power Consumption - Idle: 8.1W Active: 10W
  • MTBF - 600,000 hours
  • Read unrecoverable bit error rate (UBER) 10e-16 (<1in 1016 bits read)
  • 128-bit & 256-bit AES-compliant
  • 3-Year Warranty
Pricing and Availability
The OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB comes with a three-year warranty and has an MSRP of $499.99." - via Storage Reivew
This is an interesting read, the technology used and the outputs are is amazing with reads up to 910MB/s and writes up to 810MB/s. We are also concerned about the seemingly steep price tag of $499.99, which is more for the high end audience of course. What do you think about this? If you had one, would it make a difference in your everyday use? Let us know!

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