by Anton Shilov
10/28/2010 | 10:32 PM
OCZ Technology Group on Thursday unveiled its new series of PCI Express-based solid-state drives (SSDs) aimed at workstations. The new RevoDrive X2 doubles capacities of RevoDrive designed for performance enthusiasts and released earlier this year.
The new RevoDrive X2 are available in 240GB, 360GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities, feature internal RAID 0 for maximum performance as well as four SandForce SF1222 controllers to further boost bandwidth and efficiency. Thanks to the upgrades, the new SSDs deliver unprecedented read speed of up to 740MB/s, write speed of up to 720MB/s and up to 120 000 IOPS. The drive is compatible with PCI Express x4 slot and does not rely on Serial ATA or SAS interfaces.
Power consumption of the new drive is just 3W in idle mode and 8W in active mode, which is very low given up to 740MB/s read speed.
"The original OCZ RevoDrive SSD was designed to be the first high-performance, bootable PCIe SSD solution and has become a popular choice for demanding computing applications that require faster, more reliable storage. We are excited to introduce the RevoDrive X2, which delivers both increased performance and capacity, making the RevoDrive X2 a viable option for a wide spectrum of applications that include professional graphic design, multimedia rendering, and workstations," said Ryan Petersen, chief executive officer of OCZ Technology.
The RevoDrive X2 is bootable, unlike some competing PCIe solutions, to ensure quicker start-ups and load times compared to mechanical hard drives, a major plus for workstation PCs. The RevoDrive X2 thrives in a wide range of computing environments including demanding database and server applications as well as multi-media creation and management.
Pricing of OCZ RevoDrive X2 is unknown, but given position of the series, it is unlikely that the new SSDs will be affordable.