Memory specialist OCZ Technologies has announced an update to its RevoDrive PCI-Express SSD
, which greatly increases its speed and capacity.
The aptly-named RevoDrive X2 connects up to four SandForce-based SSD modules to a single PCI Express x4 slot, promising speeds of up to 740MB/sec and 120,000 input-output operations per second (IOPS), some three times faster than rival SATA-based devices.
Ryan Petersen, OCZ's chief executive, stated of the launch that 'the original OCZ RevoDrive SSD was designed to be the first high-performance, bootable PCIe SSD solution and has become a popular choice for demanding computing applications that require faster, more reliable storage,
' but its successor 'delivers both increased performance and capacity, making the RevoDrive X2 a viable option for a wide spectrum of applications that include professional graphic design, multimedia rendering, and workstations.
Much of the increased performance comes courtesy of the four SandForce-1200 SSD controllers included in the design, which are internally connected in RAID 0 to increase capacity and throughput. While the original RevoDrive offered the same technology, it only had a pair of SandForce controllers.
The RevoDrive X2 will be manufactured in the company's shiny new Taiwan SSD plant
, enabling the company to churn out up to 140,000 of the new devices each month in capacities ranging from the 100GB base model to the 960GB top-end version.
The design of the RevoDrive X2 is similar to that of the Wings PCIe SSD
from the UK-based Angelbird, which manages to beat OCZ's latest creation in the speed stakes with claims of 1.02GB/s read speeds on the four-module model.
UK pricing and availability for the RevoDrive X2 has not yet been confirmed.
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