OCZ RevoDrive 400 to bring true NVMe speeds to an M.2 slot near you

The folks from OCZ were present at the Intel Developer Forum last week, demonstrating their latest wares while situated somewhat uncomfortably across from Intel's big 3D XPoint display. The highlight of their booth was an early mock-up of an upcoming product: the RevoDrive 400.

OCZ has a history of selling PCIe-based RevoDrive products to anyone who will pay for them, including PC enthusiasts, but this sort of storage tech is finally maturing into an option with broad appeal. The RevoDrive 400 is slated for release in the fourth quarter of this year and looks to take full advantage of the latest standards.

The drive pops into an M.2 slot—or into a PCIe adapter card as shown above—and can use up to four lanes of PCI Express connectivity. This is a true NVMe device, not a legacy AHCI one, and that support comes courtesy of a Toshiba controller chip. This potent mix of storage tech grants the RevoDrive 400 read speeds as high as 2000MB/s and write speeds around 1600-2000MB/s. We've only ever measured sequential transfer speeds that fast from Intel's pricey data center drives, so if the RevoDrive 400 can live up to its specs, it should be quite formidable.

The drive's NAND flash will come from OCZ's parent company, Toshiba, and will be of the 15-nm MLC variety. As a result, these little gumstick-sized drives will hold up to 1TB worth of data each. We'll probably have to wait a few months for the product's release before prices are announced, but I wouldn't expect the new RevoDrive to be a budget option.

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    • Mr Bill
    • 7 years ago

    Ultimate Gaming Drive?

    • internetsandman
    • 7 years ago

    Latency would be my biggest concern as well. I’m not gonna Be loading very large files or applications but I want them to be ready to go as soon as possible

    • Anomymous Gerbil
    • 7 years ago

    * one [b<]and[/b<] the same /Nazi

    • Anomymous Gerbil
    • 7 years ago

    IOPS isn’t bandwidth?

    Do you mean, talk to me about latency, and random access (vs serial access)?

    • Godel
    • 7 years ago

    Even if they were taken over, do we trust OCZ yet?

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 7 years ago

    NVMe M.2 2280 SSDs:
    [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147425<]Samsung SM951[/url<] [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104542<]Kingston HyperX Predator[/url<]

    • ColeLT1
    • 7 years ago

    Parallel vs Serial?

    • Topinio
    • 7 years ago

    Does it have the DataWrite Assurance power loss protection from their enterprise PCIe SSDs, or just their PFM+ from the latest Vector, or nothing?

    • drfish
    • 7 years ago

    What’s the term for reading data by saying “give me all of this as fast as you can” to the drive instead of saying sequentially “give me this, then this, then this, and so on…”?

    • markhahn
    • 7 years ago

    don’t tell us about bandwidth – few applications keep even a standard 500 MB/s SATA SSD busy. NVMe is all about latency and IOPS – what about those numbers?

    • colinstu12
    • 7 years ago

    It’s only a matter of time before RAM and SSDs become one of the same.

    • shank15217
    • 7 years ago

    NVMe is good but this is getting into the realm of diminishing returns. There needs to be some changes in the way OSes use memory and flash for this type of drive to be useful in a workstation setting.

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