Solid State Drive Roundup 2011
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OCZ REVODRIVE 3 240GB
The last participant in this comparison is also the only product in this comparison which can be considered as a Server class one and that's because unlike conventional SATA SSDs this drive requires an PCIe x4 slot (also compatible with 8x and 16x slots). Still since the price difference between the RevoDrive3 and the other drives is not really that great we decided to include it in this comparison so people can have a more complete idea of what they can get at around the same amount of money.
Aside the RevoDrive3 itself inside the package OCZ has also placed a mini CD with the required drivers, an quickstart guide and the same funny sticker as with the Vertex 3 MAX Iops drive.
This is one of the few PCIex SSDs in the market currently and as you can see it's quite large (yet thin).
To have a better understanding of how large exactly we placed the RevoDrive3 240GB right next to a Gainward 9800GT Green Edition.
The RevoDrive3 features not one (like all the other SSDs) but two SandForce SF-2281 controllers for improved performance.
Unfortunately unlike the other SandForce based drives in this comparison the RevoDrive3 240GB comes with a total of 32 (16 on each side of the PCB) asynchronous 25nm NAND flash memory modules, each 8GB in capacity.
Beneath this heatsink OCZ has placed the new VCA 2.0 controller (Virtualized Controller Architecture) which gives TRIM and SMART monitoring support to the drive along with the latest SuperScale storage accelerator technology which minimizes the use of the systems CPU.
OCZ has also placed a long sticker at the PCI shield with the model name.