It doesn’t matter how good any of the synthetic suites are, the real meat of the testing has to be under absolute real world conditions. This proves difficult as to record results we have to narrow down fluctuation. Therefore while we would say these are the most useful results to get from this review, there is always going to be a slight margin for error – its not absolutely scientific.
Firstly we installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Edition onto each of the drives and performed a clean update from Microsoft with all patches and security fixes. We then install a basic suite of software, such as Office, Firefox and Adobe Design, then we install AVG free antivirus. We used a digital watch for this startup and repeated the test five times for each drive – once we had these five results we averaged the results and took that for the final figure. With the downloaded driver, the RevoDrive 3 X2 can be configured as a boot drive. Not all motherboards can support boot over PCIe at this time, but we had no problems when using the Asus motherboard in our test bed with the latest bios update.
Please be aware that the results above are not directly comparable as we are using a different motherboard and system configuration with the Revodrive 3 x2 480GB (Asus X58 Rampage III Black Edition).
The RevoDrive 3 x2 480GB loads the level in 13 seconds, compared with 17 for the previous leader – the MAX IOPS. Again these results are not directly comparable as the Revodrive is running via a different system, with a 990x and Asus Black Edition motherboard.