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OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid Solid State Drive Review

Setup & Testing Procedures
Our test bench for SSD’s is comprised of the following components…

Processor: Intel i7-2600K
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Motherboard
Graphics: Sapphire Radeon HD6450 FleX
Memory: 4GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600 Special Edition
Power: Corsair TX650 650W Power Supply
Cooling: Asetek 550LC 120MM Watercooler
Storage: OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB
Case: Thermaltake Armor A60 Case
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Unlike many solid state drives the RevoDrive Hybrid needs to be used as your boot or Windows drive so you will need to install Windows first to get things up and running.  To even get the drive to show up in the Windows install screen you will need to load the RevoDrive Hybrid drivers on a flash drive and load them when you are installing Windows.  Once you do that the drive will come up and you are ready to install Windows.  Remember you are installing Windows on the larger 1TB drive not the smalled SSD.

OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid Solid State Drive OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid Solid State Drive

Once you have Windows installed you will need to install the DataPlex software that will enable the SSD caching.  All you do is set your target drive, which is the Toshiba 1TB drive, then set the cache drive, which is the OCZ drive.  Once the software is installed you will be prompted to restart and after that you are good to go.  Upon restart we can see the drive is 931GB and ready for testing!

OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid Solid State Drive OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid Solid State Drive

We will be runing most of our solid state drive benchmarks with the RevoDrive Hybrid.  Some tests need to only be run once, but many of them we will be running 3 times as we will see a significant performance increase as the data we are testing gets cached.  Here are the tests we will be performing

HD Tune Pro
– File Benchmark
– Random Access Test
CrystalDiskMark
ATTO Disk Benchmark
Anvil Storage Utilities
SiSoftware Sandra
– Physical Disks Benchmark
PCMark Vantage
– HDD Suite
BootRacer

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