Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts
- Industry leading sequential performance
- Incredible IOPS performance
- Outstanding IOPS scaling at greater queue depths
- Incredible performance/cost (vs. Fusion IO)
- Intro cost (see below)
Pricing and Availability:
RevoDrive 3 X2:
- 240G @ $700 ($2.91 / GB)
- 480G @ $1700 ($3.54 / GB)
- 960G @ $3200 ($3.33 / GB)
We got these intro MSRP figures early in the evaluation process, and while they may seem steep, OCZ is considering dropping them down a few notches. This is even better news when you consider the fact that equivalent performance comes in the form of the ioDrive, to the tune of ~$7,000 (for only 160GB of capacity).
Something else to throw out there. The 480GB Vertex 3 is going for a rather insane street price. This is because a single SandForce can only drive 16 flash packages, and cramming 480GB into those packages means OCZ has to buy the highest capacity 25nm flash available. This flash comes at a heavy price premium. With the RevoDrive form factor, there are 64 flash chips installed, enabling OCZ to purchase this flash at a much lower cost/GB. That savings will eventually trickle down to the end user once prices come down (hopefully). If these can get anywhere near $2/GB, it will be an absolute game changer for the high performance storage industry.
The RevoDrive 3 X2 is a true breath of fresh air to the field of PCIe Solid State Storage. With very large available capacities, and performance on-par with solutions costing several times more to obtain, I see the new RevoDrive making its way into low end servers and (very) high performance end-user PC’s. Anyone truly serious about their storage performance should not be without this Drive.
I’m giving the RevoDrive 3 X2 my Editor’s Choice Award. I’m stingy with this award, but the high level if innovation OCZ brought with this product has won me over. This sort of outside-the-box thinking is needed to succeed in the rapidly evolving field of Solid State Storage. Sure some may be able to sit back and say ‘well that’s just common sense to slap those two chips together’. It takes a serious bit of work to start with that concept, pull it off, and do so in a manner that works extremely well.
My only reservation was the high introductory cost, but I don’t think it will prevent the Revo 3 from appearing in power user rigs just as soon as they can get one in their hot little hands.