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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 24 October 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI-E SSD RVDHY-FH-1T
Closer Look: OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid SSD
SSD Testing Methodology
AS-SSD Benchmark
ATTO Disk Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 Tests
Iometer IOPS Performance
PCMark Vantage HDD Tests
OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid Conclusion

OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid Conclusion

IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating specifically for the product tested which may differ from future versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.

NOTE: Solid state drive owners experiencing stability issues with their product are encouraged to use the latest OCZ SSD firmware available.

SandForce SSDs have taken the market by storm, which has helped companies like OCZ to expand their reach deep into the high-performance storage hardware segment. The OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid firmly places test-proven SandForce solid state drive technology onto an extremely fast PCI-Express interface, capable of delivering unmatched operational performance and flash component durability, and joins it to a 1TB hard disk drive. The OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI-Express SSD combines two powerful SandForce SF-2281 controllers to 100GB of 25nm Micron-Intel NAND flash 'cache' SSD with their proprietary SuperScale technology. It's all tied together with Dataplex software, which manages the usage algorithms.

Our performance rating considers how effective the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid drive performs in benchmark operations directly against competing storage solutions, especially the Seagate Momentus XT hybrid and original RevoDrive SSD. In our benchmark performance tests, the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid delivered 984/839 MBps peak read and write speeds using ATTO Disk Benchmark - surpassing the manufacturer's specified maximum speeds of 910/810 MBps. PCMark Vantage produced 40692 in the HDD tests, positioning the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid between the Vertex 2 and Vertex 3 SSDs.

The 1TB retail kit (model RVDHY-FH-1T) that OCZ sent to us for testing is advertised to deliver 65,000 random write IOPS, but unfortunately our test results did not reach this specification. Using a SandForce-provided configuration for our own Iometer operational performance tests, we used a queue depth of 32 outstanding I/O's per target to produce a modest 37,956 combined read/write IOPS performance. In this test, the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid produced operational performance similar to the OCZ Vertex 2, a first-generation SandForce SSD. In the 4K 32QD tests with AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark, the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid trailed behind the newest 2nd-generation SandForce storage devices. With the results we've received in our tests, power users can expect very good operational performance and storage functionality for demanding applications, far ahead of the competitions hybrid drive, but still trailing the latest SSDs.

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While the latest SandForce SF2281 SSD controller fully supports TRIM commands, the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid is based on SCSI architecture which Microsoft Windows StorPort does not currently support with either TRIM or SCSI UNMAP. Since these controller commands are therefore not generated by the Microsoft Windows OS as a result, OCZ's VCA 2.0 is prevented from executing them. OCZ is working with Microsoft to have this functionality enabled as soon as possible, however the older RevoDrive enthusiast series shares a similar issue and still lacks support.

Because the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid is a PCI-Express storage device, it automatically cuts out notebook/laptop users from its user base. Casual users might not need the boost in application response times, but power users certainly do. It's my opinion that the RevoDrive Hybrid would best fit the performance profile of demanding computer users with high-performance systems, especially those needing the large capacity of a 1TB drive. OCZ's RevoDrive Hybrid can (and must) be assigned as the primary boot drive for the operating system, because at the time of this writing Dataplex caching software does not function properly if RevoDrive Hybrid is configured as a secondary storage drive.

If any RevoDrive-series products happen to fail during the 3-year warranty period end-users may contact OCZ via the company website or extensive support forums. Fortunately, there's also a toll-free telephone number (800-459-1816) for free technical support and customer service questions. OCZ has been proven to be one of the best companies in the business when it comes to customer service, and replacement parts are often sent with priority delivery.

As of late October 2011, the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI-Express Solid Stat Drive (1TB model SSD RVDHY-FH-1T) costs $499.99 at Newegg or as low as $467 elsewhere online. Even with the occasional discount or rebate promotion, RevoDrive Hybrid can seem expensive to those not familiar with premium PCI-E SSD storage solutions. You're getting a 100GB SSD with two SandForce controllers and a 1TB hard drive all on a bootable PCI-Express card, so there's clearly some level of cost involved with delivering the product. I can see that there's a fair value in the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid, but those on a tight budget may not agree.

In summary, OCZ has truly revolutionized hybrid storage options for the consumer, and RevoDrive Hybrid dramatically outperforms competing hybrid HDD/SSD storage solutions. The Dataplex caching software works well once an initial ramp-up period has completed, and quickly learns to prioritize applications based on user needs. Most all data transfers up to about 90GB begin at SSD level speeds, but in the rare event you're moving something larger it will transfer at traditional hard drive speed. Overall I see the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid as a success, and a hybrid storage product that is actually ready for prime time.

Pros:

+ Delivers 38,000 combined IOPS in Iometer tests
+ Outstanding 984/839 MBps read/write speed with ATTO
+ 1TB High-performance storage capacity
+ Primary O/S boot drive PCI-E SSD capability
+ 3-Year OCZ product warranty support
+ TCG OPAL security with 256-bit AES encryption
+ DuraWrite technology extends NAND lifetime
+ Compact single-slot PCI-E storage solution
+ SandForce SF-2281 processor supports TRIM, SMART, and RAISE

Cons:

- SCSI architecture prohibits TRIM with Windows OS
- Expensive high-performance storage product
- Dataplex software requires active Internet connection to install

Ratings:

  • Performance: 8.25
  • Appearance: 8.75
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.00
  • Value: 7.50

Final Score: 8.6 out of 10.

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# OCZ RevoDrive Hybridmailman65er 2011-10-25 09:36
Awesome. I think the review was thorough, but one major point was left out: the price/performance/capacity. Nothing comes close to delivering this level of performance, at this price, with this (1TB !) capacity.
Great job OCZ!
Now, when will we see a review of the OCZ Synapse cache SSD, which lets the user add his/her own HDD for a hybrid solution???
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# RE: OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI-E SSD RVDHY-FH-1TDavid Ramsey 2011-10-25 10:25
Hm. Does this require an F6 driver during Windows installation? If not, it might be usable on a Hackintosh...
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# RE: RE: OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI-E SSD RVDHY-FH-1TOlin Coles 2011-10-25 13:27
Yes, as mentioned in the review it requires the OCZ driver duing the setup phase. All Revo series require this driver.
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# RE: RE: RE: OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI-E SSD RVDHY-FH-1TDavid Ramsey 2011-10-25 13:43
Dang. Dang. (It said one "Dang" was too short a comment...)
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI-E SSD RVDHY-FH-1TIskanzar 2011-10-25 22:28
this is an abomination !
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# bahTelstar 2011-10-28 04:56
Expensive, horrible read latency and not suitable for data disk only OS.
An immature product still, but the direction is the right one.
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# RE: OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI-E SSD RVDHY-FH-1TDoug Dallam 2011-11-03 22:27
These drives remind me of something either steam-punk or the Borg. "We will assimilate your technology and integrate it with our own. Resistance if futile." lol I thik some twice pipes coming out of the back with some stability fins would have made it look better.

Yeah and like the other guys said--500.00 USD? That must be for the "1%." hahahaha
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# RE: RE: OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI-E SSD RVDHY-FH-1TDavid Ramsey 2011-11-04 09:16
Not really; just a few years ago, $500 hard drives were common, and it didn't seem to hold the market back much.

I paid almost $3,000 for my first hard drive, and it held 10 megabytes...one one-hundredth of a gigabyte. You kids lack perspective.
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# RE: RE: RE: OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI-E SSD RVDHY-FH-1TOlin Coles 2011-11-04 09:24
I learned that 'a few' is three or so... not thirty. I haven't seen a consumer hard drive selling for $500 in my adult lifetime.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI-E SSD RVDHY-FH-1TDavid Ramsey 2011-11-04 09:35
I suppose it depends on when you consider yourself to have been an "adult". $500+ hard drives were quite common in the early 2000s. Heck, the first terabyte drive (Hitachi, 2007) was $400...

##mkomo.com/cost-per-gigabyte
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI-E SSD RVDHY-FH-1TDoug Dallam 2011-11-04 17:04
That would make Olin about, hmmm, 12? LOL

But that is a good point. I remember I bought my first SCSI drive in I think 1998. I think I paid 350 or 400 for 6GBs? But David, true that drives were 500 in 2000, but that was what you got, buy it or not. That's not the case now. I can buy two fast SATA drives, RAID them, and have nearly the same non seek non IOPs performance of a 500USD drive at 180 bucks. I think I paid 85.00 each for the 640s a few years ago with rebates.

I did a Crystal Disk Mark test on HOCP a few years a go and was tuning my array.

Two disk testing applications: HD Tune 2.55 and CrystalDiskMark 2.2.

CrystalDiskMark: Set to 50MB all other options left default. Run "All."

HD Tune: Go to Bench Mark tab and in the upper right look for the options icon. Slide the slider to "Accurate"--slide the slider all the way down. Report ONLY Avg and Burst.


2 WD Caviar Black 640
Vista 64 SP1
Type: RAID 0

HD Tune
Avg: 185.8 MB/sec
Burst: 1212.7MB/sec

CrystalDiskMark 2.2
Test Size : 50 MB
Sequential Read : 314.573 MB/s
Sequential Write : 199.878 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 111.848 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 103.648 MB/s
Random Read 4KB : 2.138 MB/s
Random Write 4KB : 5.357 MB/s

CrystalDiskMark 2.2 Test Size : 1000 MB
Sequential Read : 203.311 MB/s
Sequential Write : 199.558 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 41.127 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 40.570 MB/s
Random Read 4KB : 0.618 MB/s
Random Write 4KB : 3.014 MB/s

Sequential Read : 141.572 MB/s
Sequential Write : 159.479 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 52.159 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 58.321 MB/s
Random Read 4KB : 0.834 MB/s
Random Write 4KB : 3.929 MB/s

I dunno. I think I'd opt for the RAID at 180USD.
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# RE: RE: RE: OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI-E SSD RVDHY-FH-1TGriver 2013-03-09 11:59
Couldnt be put more accurately ,Hats of to you sir.
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# RE: OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI-E SSD RVDHY-FH-1TJean 2011-11-07 11:51
Thanks for your interresting review.
Pitty they don't have 2GB (yet!)
I would like to use two of them for save as RAID1 (possible ?)

Jean
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# RE: RE: OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI-E SSD RVDHY-FH-1TOlin Coles 2011-11-07 11:54
It is not possible to combine two of these PCI-E SSDs into a RAID array. I will soon know if the unit's HDD can be upgraded... stay tuned.
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# Replaceable hard driveGeorge 2012-09-08 18:33
It says in your review you will be testing whether the Toshiba hard drive is replaceable. What were the results?
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# RE: Replaceable hard driveOlin Coles 2012-09-08 20:35
Replaceable, so long as you configure the new drive in the SSDs BIOS at startup.
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# Replaceable hard driveGeorge 2012-09-08 21:12
Would you be able to post up a guide or review ?
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# RE: Replaceable hard driveOlin Coles 2012-09-08 21:24
Not likely, as my current workload and project rotation are pretty full. Did you buy one of these SSDs and plan to change the HDD?
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# Replaceable hard driveGeorge 2012-09-08 21:41
Yeah I got this a week ago and I'm keen on replacing the HDD to a Velociraptor. I'm just not sure how I would be able to changed the ssd bios. Using ATTOS Disk Benchmark (transfer size of 8192.0kb) my max write is about 714mb/s and my max read is about 920mb/s. These speeds are faster than an average ssd but I don't know why my WEI score is only 6.0.

Any help or suggestions is appreciated
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# RE: Replaceable hard driveOlin Coles 2012-09-08 21:44
You might want to measure twice and cut once, because that drive isn't going to fit. Good night.
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