Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup


Before we dive in, I like how OCZ kept a clean look of the front face by placing the serial along the bottom edge:

After voiding the warranty:

With the heatsink out of the way, we see four quads of Toshiba flash memory, with the bottom side of the pads for four total SandForce controllers (they are on the opposite side of the PCB). In the 350 configuration, four SF controllers each drive eight flash packages.

Looking closer at the PCB, we see a PCIe 2.0 x8 bridge PHY (center) which enables the OCZ VCA 2.0 chip (upper right) to communicate at twice the bus throughput as compared to the RevoDrive 3×2, which used only 4 lanes.

Flipping the PCB over, we see 16 more Toshiba flash packages, along with four SandForce 2282 controllers.

Testing Methodology

Our tests are a mix of synthetic and real-world benchmarks. PCMark, IOMeter, HDTach, HDTune, Yapt and our custom File Copy test round out the selection to cover just about all bases. If you have any questions about our tests just drop into the Storage Forum and we'll help you out! 

Test System Setup

We currently employ a pair of testbeds. A newer ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt and an ASUS Z87-PRO. Variance between both boards has been deemed negligible.

PC Perspective would like to thank ASUS, Corsair, and Kingston for supplying some of the components of our test rigs. 

Hard Drive Test System Setup
CPU Intel Core i7-4770K
Motherboard ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/TB / ASUS Z87-PRO
Memory Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3-2133 CL9
Hard Drive G.Skill 32GB SLC SSD
Sound Card N/A
Video Card Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Video Drivers Intel
Power Supply Corsair CMPSU-650TX
DirectX Version DX9.0c
Operating System Windows 8.1 X64
  • PCMark05
  • Yapt
  • IOMeter
  • HDTach
  • HDTune
  • PCPer File Copy Test
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