While Samsung was breaking new ground with its announcement of the first three-bit-NAND-based solid-state drive for servers and data centers, OCZ is refining its approach to workstation-class SSDs with the new RevoDrive 350.
Before its recent purchase by Toshiba, OCZ was one of the first drive makers to offer a PCI Express-based SSD (such as HP's new Z Turbo Drive), which provides superior bandwidth for data transfer when compared to the usual SATA interface. It's continuing that tradition with the RevoDrive 350, designed to take advantage of PCI Express Gen. 2 x8 and marketed toward multimedia content creators as well as extreme (and deep-pocketed) gamers.
Specs vary depending on which capacity drive you choose, with the 240GB RevoDrive 350 promising maximum sequential read speeds of 1000MB/s and write speeds of 950MB/s, whereas the 480GB and 960GB versions offering blistering 1800MB/s read speeds and 1700MB/s write speeds. The 240GB flavor can handle reading data randomly at 45,000 IOPS and writing at 80,000 IOPS; the 480GB drive can read data randomly at 90,000 IOPS and write at 140,000 IOPS; and the 960GB model reads data randomly at 135,000 IOPS and, like the 480GB version, writes at 140,000 IOPS.
The entire RevoDrive 350 family makes use of Toshiba's 19nm MLC NAND flash, multiple LSI SandForce SF-2282 controllers (two on the 240GB drive, four on the other models), and OCZ's Virtualized Controller Architecture 2.0 technology that maximizes performance and makes the host PC think the multiple controllers are acting as a single drive.
The drives come with a 3-year warranty, handy because the company claims that they can write up to 50GB of daily data over that span. Other improvements over previous RevoDrives include an integrated heatsink and redesigned drivers with improved Linux support.
Solid-state storage continues to be pricier than conventional hard drives, and PCIe SSDs are even more expensive still. The RevoDrive 350 is clearly no exception as pricing will be $529.99 for the 240GB model, $829.99 for 480GB version, and $1,299.99 for the 960GB drive when they go on sale. (OCZ hasn't announced an official release date.)