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OCZ Launches RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD

Posted on April 25, 2014 8:30 AM by Robert Tanner
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It was only a matter of time. In fact, it is intriguing that OCZ waited nearly five months since its acquisition by Toshiba to update the popular RevoDrive PCIe-based SSD with a model utilizing Toshiba’s own NAND. Nonetheless, the company has announced the new RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD. The only difference between the Revo 350 and the previous model is the switch to 19nm Toshiba branded NAND.

OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD

This beast of a card utilizes a PCIe 2.0 x8 interface and can come with up to four LSI SandForce 2282 controllers, depending on model. Read speeds top out at a not-too-shabby 1.8GB/s, and random write IOPS peak at 140,000 depending on workload. The RevoDrive makes use of OCZ’s proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture 2.0; VCA 2.0 replaces the traditional multi-SSD on one PCB RAID setup of older PCIe solid-state drives along with its limitations, and presents the system with a single non-RAID drive. In addition to allowing better drive recovery in the event of NAND errors, it allows the pass-through of secure erase, SMART, and TRIM commands.

Interestingly, the RevoDrive 350 now professes support for Linux as well as Windows. Pricing hasn’t been released as of yet, but the drive will be available in 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities and will come with a three year warranty. The new RevoDrive 350 should prove to be a welcome, more affordable version of its predecessor. That said, it is hard to ignore that the third generation LSI SandForce controller is right around the corner…


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