OCZ Revo 3 X2 240GB
As we’ve said before and we’ll continue to hammer any chance we can get, the single biggest bottleneck in modern systems is the traditional plattered hard drive, and using an SSD in your system will make such a massive difference that you’ll want to cry if faced with having to use a traditional hard drive afterwards. Make no mistake, the speed boost is that pronounced and alluring.
The SandForce controller is behemoth, and with a RAID configuration, the results are nothing short of astounding.
Of course, blazing speed doesn’t come cheap. Costing about $710 USD, the 240GB version of the Revo 3 X2 is almost stratospheric in price. However, four 60GB OCZ Vertex 3 drives would cost about $550 and offer the same capacity and potential speed, but really would need a RAID card to get the most out of that setup, so that would add to the overall cost. Of course, there is a price premium on the Revo 3 X2 for the convenience of having a single, thin drive card.
The only real downside here is lack of true TRIM support, but any SSD RAID setup will encounter the same problem so the Revo 3 X2 is no better or worse in that regard. However, the SandForce controller has shown great resiliency in minimizing performance degradation to begin with, so the massive speeds offered by RAID clearly offset the maintenance optimizations not supported here by TRIM. The bottom line here is the speeds on the Revo 3 X2 will utterly crush any single SSD (including a few in RAID), even when some performance degradation is taken into account.
The OCZ Revo 3 X2 is unlike any other SSD on the market, and while the eye-watering speed doesn’t come cheap, the performance is truly remarkable.
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