OCZ Launches PCIe-Based HDD/SDD Hybrid Drive

As OCZ attempts to innovate even faster, they’re bringing to market interesting niche products that create whole new product classes. PCIe Flash drives have been cranking out the jams, tearing up the charts especially those branded by Fusion-io. OCZ has also brought a number of PCIe flash-only drives to market with better and better performance rankings with each new generation. But price is always a concern, so the threshold for adopting PCIe has been very high. Enter the hybrid, Flash+HDD in one PCIe card.

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By bypassing the SATA bottleneck, OCZs RevoDrive Hybrid promises transfer speeds up to 910 MB/s and up to 120,000 IOPS 4K random write. The SSD aspect reportedly uses a SandForce SF-2281 controller and the hard drive platters spin at 5,400rpm. On a whole, the hybrid drive makes good use of the companys proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture.

via OCZ Launches PCIe-Based HDD/SDD Hybrid Drive.

RevoDrive Hybrid PCIe
Image from: Tom's Hardware

Good news on the Consumer Electronics front, OCZ continues to innovate on the desktop aftermarket introducing a new PCIe Flash product that marries a nice 1TByte Hard Drive to a 100GB flash-based SSD. The best of both worlds all in one neat little package. Previously you might buy these two devices seperately, 1 average sized Flash drive and 1 spacious Hard drive. Then you would configure the Flash Drive as your System boot drive and then using some kind of alias/shortcut trick have the Hard drive as your user folder to hold videos, pictures, etc. This has caused some very conservative types to sit out and wait for even bigger Flash drives hoping to store everything on one logical volume. But what they really want is a hybrid of big storage and fast speed and that according to the press release is what the OCZ Hybrid Drive delivers. With a SandForce drive controller and two drives the whole architecture is hidden away along with the caching algorithm that moves files between the flash and hard drive storage areas. To the end user, they see but one big Hard drive (albeit installed in one of their PCI card slots), but experience the faster bootup times, faster application loading times. I’m seriously considering adding one of these devices into a home computer we have and migrating the bootdrive and user home directories over to that, using the current hard drives as the Windows backup device. I think that would be a pretty robust setup and could accommodate a lot of future growth and expansion.

Author: carpetbomberz

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