Just as the company announced in a press release, OCZ launched its first non-solid state storage product on Computex. Dubbed RevoDrive Hybrid, this PCIe card combines an SSD with a 5400 rpm 2.5" drive. The original RevoDrive X2 is consisted out of two PCBs connected via proprietary connector: Four SandForce Controllers, RAID0 resulted in wicked fast performance such as 740MB/s read and 550MB/s write
If you've seen RevoDrive, then you know that RevoDrive is essentially a dual-PCB
design which features a main PCB that features a PCIe controller and two SandForce Solid State controllers, while the added PCB carries another two SandForce controllers (read: a four drive RAID0 array on a single card).OCZ RevoDrive with Toshiba's 2.5" HDD. Picture Credit: TechReport
For RevoDrive Hybrid, the upper plate is now replaced with a 2.5" hard disk drive. Similar to Intel's Smart Response Technology that debuted with Z68 Chipset, OCZ utilizes Dataplex
, hard drive caching software rom Nvelo
. Nvelo is a young company from Silicon Valley start-up which claims to have higher efficiency than afore mentioned Intel's SRT. According to preliminary performance sheet, RevoDrive Hybrid achieves 575MB/s read and 500MB/s write.
For Computex Taipei 2011, the company removed the sticker from the hard drive in order to avoid advertising the competing companies. According to TechReport
, the company still hasn't decided on 5,400 rpm or 7,200 rpm drives. We expect to see one of more quieter hard drives. The model above carries a defaced 2.5" hard disk drive from Toshiba, as selecting Toshiba would be quite a logic move - why give out revenue to Samsung/Seagate or WD/Hitachi?
This sends a pretty decisive message to its competitors and old-school storage giants such as Seagate/Samsung and Western Digital/Hitachi. There will be two models available, 60GB/500GB and the 120GB/1TB, with the price starting at $349 and you can expect shipping products in third quarter of this year. Realistic target should be Back to School (August).
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