Flash technology is simply getting too fast for the SATA interface, as it cant handle the technologys growing potential due to hardware limitations. To remedy this, businesses and professionals--who are able to spend a bit more money--are looking to the PCIe form factor, which does not have SATAs inherent bandwidth restrictions. The OCZ RevoDrive 350 definitely takes advantage of its hardware, as this enthusiast and enterprise-grade SSD uses a PCI Express Gen 2 x8 interface and is quoted to deliver upwards of 1,800MB/s. In addition, this impressive SSD comes in capacities of 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB and is equipped with SandForce SF-2282 processors.
The OCZ RevoDrive 350 showed incredible performance across the board, consistently ranking at the top of our charts. We expected this going forward to a degree; however, with such staggering comparative margins in single-user benchmarks, such as the sequential 2MB IOMeter test and the Gaming real-world benchmark as well as with real-life scenarios, it was hard not to get a bit wide-eyed. In these tests, the RevoDrive 350 completely wiped the floor with its competition, the card definitely delivers on all cylinders.
It's also worth noting that while client PCIe is a niche space that's largely ignored by storage vendors, especially now with the backing of Toshiba, OCZ's drive stands out from the also-rans in the consumer flash space from a service and support perspective too. The other solutions typically just slap a single thin form factor SSD onto a PCIe board, but that doesn't take advantage of multiple controllers or sophisticated architecture that can squeeze out additional performance.
The OCZ RevoDrive 350 is a beast of an SSD with performance that will suit the needs of light enterprise, hardcore gamer, creative pro or power enthusiast. There simply aren't a lot great options when it comes to workstation PCIe storage but thankfully with OCZ re-committing, the RevoDrive 350 stands out as the De facto leader of the pack at its capacity points.
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