OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB PCI-E Storage Solution
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Although regular Hard Disk Drives are cost-effective and feature huge capacities of up to 4TB they are also considered quite slow, especially for professionals, enthusiasts and overclockers. Solid State Drives on the other hand are blazing fast but they suffer from a very low capacity/price ratio that makes it impossible for most casual users and gamers to choose them over regular HDDs. So because of these reasons the next natural step would be for manufacturers to combine the large capacity of normal HDDs with the blazing fast speed of SSDs and that's exactly what OCZ has done with their latest RevoDrive Hybrid which we have here with us today.
Founded in 2002, San Jose, California-based OCZ Technology Group, Inc. has built on its expertise in high-speed memory to become a dominant player in the manufacturing and distribution of solid state drives (SSDs), a disruptive, game-changing technology that is replacing traditional rotating magnetic hard disk drives (HDDs). SSDs are faster, more reliable, run cooler, and use significantly less power than the HDDs used in the majority of computers today. In addition to SSD technology, OCZ also offers high performance components for computing devices and systems, including enterprise class power management products as well leading edge computer gaming solutions.
The latest RevoDrive Hybrid by OCZ is basically an 2.5" 1TB 5400RPM SATA II HDD mounted on a 128GB (100GB available) PCI-E 4x SSD (most likely a RevoDrive3) which in turn makes use of the same Dataplex software used by the OCZ Synapse series of SSDs again by OCZ which we also reviewed a while back. For the ones that missed on our Synapse review the Dataplex software uses intelligent caching algorithms to determine the data more frequently used (hot) and in turn caches that data to the SSD (for blazing fast speeds) whereas the not so frequently used data (cold) remain on the slower yet larger in capacity HDD. Now having already tested the Synapse 64GB SSD we know that the software actually works, so what we are more eager to see is just what you can expect in terms of speed.