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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 PCI-E SSD Review

Manufacturer: OCZ Technology Group, Inc.
Product Name: RevoDrive Hybrid PCI-E SSD
Model Number: RVDHY-FH-1T
Price: $499.99 at Newegg

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by OCZ.

That moment when solid state drive technology can offer the high capacity of large hard disk counterparts is nearly here. OCZ Technology, a pioneer in the SSD market, combines their experience with both SATA and PCI-Express SSDs to offer the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid SSD. Based on OCZ Virtualized Controller Architecture technology, RevoDrive Hybrid uses Dataplex caching software to pair a 100GB SandForce SF-2281 SSD to a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive. The results are surprising: a bootable PCI-Express device with the speed of a solid state drive and the storage capacity of a hard disk drive. Join Benchmark Reviews as we test the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI-E SSD RVDHY-FH-1T.

Benchmark Reviews has previously tested the SandForce-driven OCZ RevoDrive, OCZ RevoDrive X2, and OCZ RevoDrive3 X2, all of which are PCI-Express storage solutions. We've also tested the Seagate Momentus-XT Solid State Hybrid Drive, a SATA-based hard disk drive with a built-in SSD cache. The OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid is a combination of both product lines, designed to use the caching of an SSD to read and write data onto a much larger hard disk drive. While the Seagate Momentus XT was a great idea in concept, it never really delivered the ideal blend of speed and capacity. OCZ's RevoDrive Hybrid uses a PCI-Express SuperScale storage controller to produce up to 120,000 random write IOPS with transfers up to 910 MB/s.

Solid State Drive storage began as a technology best suited for durable computer devices, then slowly evolved into the notebook and desktop space with affordable high-speed SATA-based SSD solutions. Once SSDs became mainstream for power users, the demand for high-performance workstations and servers soon followed. Most personal computers are capable of offering 3.0 GB/s bandwidth via second-generation SATA controllers, which is fast enough for conventional power-users. The latest generation of desktop motherboards incorporate third-generation SATA controllers good for up to 6.0 GB/s bandwidth, ideal for hardware enthusiasts. For high-performance professional workstations, PCI-Express is an ideal alternative because it delivers 5.0 GB/s bandwidth without any add-on chips or upgrades.


RevoDrive Hybrid Features

Source: OCZ Technology

OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid is the next step in the evolution of storage technology for power users, multimedia designers and game enthusiasts. The PCIe-based RevoDrive Hybrid not only eliminates the SATA bottleneck to unleash groundbreaking bandwidth and landmark IOPS performance, but it also includes a high-capacity hard disk drive and intelligent software that integrates SSD and HDD into a single high-performance and high-capacity storage solution. The OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid comes bundled with intelligent caching software that dynamically manages the use of the SSD with the 1TBHDD for superior overall storage performance. The most frequently/recently used "hot" data stays on the ultra-fast SSD while "cold" data remains on the slower but larger capacity disk. Advanced caching algorithms learn user behavior and adapt storage policies to ensure optimal performance for each individual user. Welcome to the next generation storage from OCZ Technology.

  • Capacity: 1TB
  • Dedicated Cache: 100GB
  • Interface: PCI-Express Gen. 2 x4
  • Form factor: Full height
  • Read: Up to 910 MB/s
  • Write: Up to 810 MB/s
  • Max Random Write 4KB: 120,000 IOPS
  • Average Write: 65,000 IOPS
  • Part Number: 1TB: RVDHY-FH-1T
  • OCZ SuperScale Storage Controller
  • Virtualized Controller Architecture 2.0
  • Included Caching Software Key
  • ECC, Encryption
  • SMART monitoring
  • 167.64 (L) x 98.42 (W) x 22.15mm (H)
  • Weight: 289g
  • Operating Temp: 5°C ~ 50°C
  • Storage Temp: 0°C ~ 60°C
  • Power Consumption: 8.1W idle, 10W active
  • MTBF: 600,000 hours
  • 3-Year Warranty
  • Compatible with Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit

Bandwidth Speed vs Operational Performance

As we've explained in our SSD Benchmark Tests: SATA IDE vs AHCI Mode guide, Solid State Drive performance revolves around two dynamics: bandwidth speed (MB/s) and operational performance (IOPS). These two metrics work together, but one is more important than the other. Consider this analogy: operational IOPS performance determines how much cargo a ship can transport in one voyage, and the bandwidth speed is how fast the ship moves. By understanding this and applying it to SSD storage, there is a clear importance set on each variable depending on the task at hand.

For casual users, especially those with laptop or desktop computers that have been upgraded to use an SSD, the naturally quick response time is enough to automatically improve the user experience. Bandwidth speed is important, but only to the extent that operational performance meets the minimum needs of the system. If an SSD has a very high bandwidth speed but a low operational performance, it will take longer to load applications and boot the computer into Windows than if the SSD offered a higher IOPS performance.



# 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 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...
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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 ?)

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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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