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OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB HDD/SSD Review

The OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB is a marvelous design concept and one that will resolve the concern of needing to buy a larger mechanical storage drive when used in tandem with a solid state boot drive.

The caching software really works well and by simply using the drive for a short while, the performance will improve noticeably. Synthetic testing is important to measure potential throughput and response times, but the real world is where it really matters the most. In this regard, the RevoDrive Hybrid doesn’t disappoint – I used the drive for several days in a system build and it seemed to improve over the course of a day, finally settling at a performance level I was very happy with.

While it can’t keep up with the ‘pure’ structure of the ultimate performance RevoDrive 3 X2 480GB, generally it outperforms most other solid state drives on the market. Throughput is class leading and it makes for an ideal boot drive, settling right at the top of our chart, behind the RevoDrive 3 X2 480GB.

OCZ rate the drive as having a maximum rating of up to 910 MB/s read and 800 MB/s write. We recorded read speeds close to 1GB/s via the ATTO Disk Benchmark, which really is impressive.

So the big question is, how much would you expect this to cost? The RevoDrive 3 x2 480GB costs close to £1,300 and is priced out of the market for 99% of people reading this. OCZ are aware of this and the hybrid system design means they have been able to drop the price to £389.99 inc vat. Sure, it isn’t as fast, but double the storage for less than one third of the price seems like a good selling point to us.

At that price we have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid, it performs right at the top of the current crop of drives while offering huge storage capacity.

We can see this ‘Hybrid’ technology getting even better as time passes, with improved algorithms and further revisions released to market. We are waiting for a 2TB dual drive option with 200GB SSD!

Pros:

  • Price is fantastic.
  • performance is stunning.
  • Tons of storage ‘out of the box’.
  • One of the fastest boot drives we have tested to date.

Cons:

  • Needs a little time for the caching system to ‘settle’.
  • Installation procedure might scare a few people.

Kitguru says: Another win for OCZ, one of the best ideas we have seen in a long time.

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Rating: 9.0.

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