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1TB Revo Drive Hybrid drops to $159.99

OCZ is slashing prices on its 1TB Revo Drive Hybrid, and Amazon is the first retailer to go live with the new pricing. Amazon is listing the drive at $159.99 versus an MSRP of $495.00. The previous low for the drive was $199 a little over a week ago.
The Revo Drive Hybrid features a PCI-E interface and combines 128GB of MLC flash with a 1TB HDD. It offers read speeds of up to 910 MB/sec and write speeds of up to 810 MB/sec.

Tiger Direct and Newegg are expected to match Amazon's pricing within the next few hours if you have a preference for those retailers.

You can read a review of the drive from Hot Hardware.

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No thanks
By DigitalFreak on 8/25/2012 7:13:05 PM , Rating: 4
1) You must use this as your boot drive. It can't be used as a secondary storage drive.

2) Lots of people on Newegg have been reporting issues with it crapping out after a week or two.

RE: No thanks
By anactoraaron on 8/25/12, Rating: 0
RE: No thanks
By StevoLincolnite on 8/25/2012 11:39:53 PM , Rating: 2
My Vertex 2 has been fine, had it for a couple of years now, guess it's just the pick of the lottery, but when I upgrade again it will probably be another OCZ drive based on price/capacity and the experience I have had with my current one.

RE: No thanks
By semo on 8/26/12, Rating: 0
RE: No thanks
By Mitch101 on 8/26/2012 11:17:19 AM , Rating: 5
I see no reason to spend $159.00 on a hybrid product with a less than stellar track record.

For $85.00 I can get a Top Rated 120gb SSD from Crucial, Intel, or Samsung. Then add $75.00 get a 1.5TB hard drive with a good reliability rating.

RE: No thanks
By bsd228 on 8/27/2012 8:20:19 PM , Rating: 2
This thread has deteriorated, fair or not, into a review of OCZ reliability, not specific to this actual product.

But the reason why one might want to buy this over a top rated 120gb SSD + a drive is that this is on the PCI bus and has twice the performance that a top 6gbs SATA drive can do.

Disappointing to read that it only works as a boot device. I'd consider it for a high performance scratch space at that price, but I don't want to reconfigure a system to try it out.

RE: No thanks
By LedHed on 8/26/2012 8:58:15 PM , Rating: 2
I've been running an OCZ Agility 3 for almost a year now with not a single issue and impressive performance. If OCZ was producing junk I don't think Seagate would have been looking to buy them out.

RE: No thanks
By AMDftw on 8/27/2012 8:04:27 AM , Rating: 2
Same here. I have 5 Agility's drives currently. 4 of them are in raid and one in my work laptop. Looks more like operator error to me. Stop flashing over to the lastest and greatest firmware. If it works leave, it alone.

RE: No thanks
By tastyratz on 8/28/2012 2:47:58 PM , Rating: 2
Well now careful with that statement.
Seagate DID after all buy Maxtor.

From my personal experience - my agility has ALWAYS been quirky and I am considering an RMA as lately.

like it or not the ocz drives are either great or full of problems - but if you buy an intel or a crucial there is no black marked track record. Many people never have a problem with ocz - but their number of failures and firmware bombs do not compare to top tier ssd competition. They make a drive that's fast, cheap, and "generally" ok for most people.

This particular drive is something I had been pitching for years. Whether or not it's perfectly executed I think it's great that it even exists and I would love to see it more common place. It's not perfect by needing to be a boot drive - but the logistics of what gets written to ssd and what to disk really is a difficult controller to program. It needs to be predictive and analyze live data where hard drives mostly wrote more raw in the past.

RE: No thanks
By Sazabi19 on 8/27/2012 1:21:20 PM , Rating: 2
I've had nothing but good experiences with them. Started out using their DDR2 Platinum series memory, then their PSU's (tunable rails was an awesome idea), and now I have a 128 gig Vertex 3 that has been working flawlessly since the day I got it. I've not had problems with any of their devices and find them to be a very good company with customer support (I had a pair of RAM fail, they overnighted me a new pair and paid for shipping on my old back to factory for diagnosis) and quality of products. OCZ and Asus are 2 companies you will find my builds a lot.

RE: No thanks
By anactoraaron on 8/27/12, Rating: 0
RE: No thanks
By anactoraaron on 8/25/12, Rating: -1
RE: No thanks
By anactoraaron on 8/25/2012 9:12:17 PM , Rating: 3
Sorry double post. Stupid cheap gateway touchpad...

RE: No thanks
By Richlet on 8/25/2012 10:45:12 PM , Rating: 5
by anactoraaron on August 25, 2012 at 9:12 PM Sorry double post. Stupid cheap gateway touchpad...

Don't worry, I'm sure Apple will sue that company out of the USA too.

RE: No thanks
By bodar on 8/27/2012 5:58:45 AM , Rating: 3
WTH for? Apple only sues companies who make good, working products, since they threaten their sales. I think Gateway's pretty safe. ;)

RE: No thanks
By GulWestfale on 8/25/12, Rating: 0
RE: No thanks
By Samus on 8/26/12, Rating: 0
RE: No thanks
By muhahaaha on 8/26/2012 5:13:26 AM , Rating: 2
mine works fine normally. sometimes the BIOS doesn't recognize it when I reboot, but I just whack it a few times and everything is OK. I am not kidding.

RE: No thanks
By semo on 8/26/2012 11:12:17 AM , Rating: 2
I think you'll find that what you've described is the opposite of "works fine" :)

RE: No thanks
By Iketh on 8/26/2012 2:46:55 PM , Rating: 5
Wow you went from an SSD to an HDD? Your judging all SSDs with a vertex 3? This was a silly post.

RE: No thanks
By TakinYourPoints on 8/25/12, Rating: 0
RE: No thanks
By RjBass on 8/26/2012 12:55:51 AM , Rating: 2
OCZ hasn't made a good product since they last produced RAM. I have an older rig still running 4gb (4 x 1gb) of OCZ DDR2 RAM. Bought it in 07 and it is still running good. They should have stuck with what they were good with.

RE: No thanks
By Samus on 8/26/2012 2:07:42 AM , Rating: 2
That's funny, people most RAM failures I had were OCZ sticks, especially their low latency DDR2-6400 (800mhz) "silver" and gold" sticks. They always needed a voltage bump to run the rated latencies, which is probably what shortened their life.

The only OCZ product I've had that worked and stayed working was the Equalizer Mouse, and eventually the thumbpad came off and started giving me a blister, but at least it didn't die like every other one of their products I've had.

Anand Shimpi was right. A long time ago, he interviewed the OCZ CEO who said he was going in full-force to the SSD market and wanted to 'own' it. Anand said that's great, but gave him one word of DITCH the OCZ name. This discussion was back in 2008-2009, and OCZ has definately kept their old reputation of 'quality' going.

SSDs obsolete by the week
By Beenthere on 8/25/2012 7:11:25 PM , Rating: 4
With the immature SSD tech and makers coming up with all sorts of bastardized versions every few weeks, this market is destine to have a lot of product carnage and unhappy campers as most of this crap is rushed to market without proper validation and it shows with the massive reliability, compatibility, firmware updates, RMAs and lost data issues.

RE: SSDs obsolete by the week
By Meaker10 on 8/25/2012 8:39:42 PM , Rating: 3
You are living in a dream world.

If you go for some of the more consumer crud then sure, but if you stick with the likes of the crucial M4 or Intel then they are far more reliable than mech drives.

RE: SSDs obsolete by the week
By Alexvrb on 8/25/2012 9:38:30 PM , Rating: 4
The same could be said for hard drives. If you stick to enterprise hard drives they're pretty damn reliable too, even under heavy workloads and 24/7 operation.

You're living in a dream world if you don't acknowledge that there have been a lot of trash SSDs out there with boatloads of issues. Since they tended to be the more affordable models, they ended up in the hands of a lot of consumers that just don't know any better. Or someone who wanted an SSD but didn't have the cash for a highend model. Not everyone is a tech junky or rich (or both). Thankfully most of these issues are behind us, and you can get some decent entry level units.

I'd add Samsung 830 to the list of good, but increasingly affordable SSDs.

RE: SSDs obsolete by the week
By Reclaimer77 on 8/26/2012 4:35:19 AM , Rating: 5
This thread seems more appropriate for something written two years ago. I'm kind of shocked to see such outdated thinking getting uprated this far into the SSD era of computing.

You're living in a dream world if you don't acknowledge that there have been a lot of trash SSDs out there with boatloads of issues.

And yet as mature as the technology is, this can still be said about certain hard drives. Go check Newegg as a quick reference. Bunches of cheap hard drives that ship DOA or fail shortly after purchase.

If you stick to enterprise hard drives they're pretty damn reliable too, even under heavy workloads and 24/7 operation.

Yeeeah well if we were all running file servers out of our homes, that would be something to look into for sure.

RE: SSDs obsolete by the week
By Alexvrb on 8/26/2012 6:20:07 PM , Rating: 3
You skimmed a bit. I said "have been", past tense. I also said that most of these issues are in the past. I was pointing out that cheap means cheap whether talking about SSDs or HDDs. He was saying that you should just stick only to premium SSDs. That doesn't always happen, whether through lack of funds, ignorance, OEM preinstalled, or whatever. He also implied that HDDs are unreliable. Well if you stick only to premium HDDs too, there are quite a few reliable models out there. He was generalizing too much.

The fact is there were a lot of people affected by shoddy controllers, firmware, etc, and it wasn't that long ago. Some of these problematic drives are still selling pretty well. Furthermore, high-capacity low-price drives are going to continue to assault the market using cheap flash (possibly including TLC). So I suspect we'll need to continue to avoid suggesting "SSD" blindly without specifying models. I also praised the Samsung 830 series in addition to the aforementioned M4 and most modern Intel SSDs.

Enterprise drives were an example of how a "mech drive" can be plenty reliable even under heavy nonstop use. I've had a lot of non-enterprise drives hold up quite well too over the years. But for the record, there are affordable SATA-based enterprise drives. For example:

Some people need capacity for secondary storage or other uses such as for backups, video surveillance, in a home server (including more than just a dumb file server, might also include centralized automated backup and easy restoration of multiple local boxes). The aforementioned enterprise drive would be great for that, it's built for reliability and has a 5 year warranty.

I don't dislike SSDs, quite the contrary. I dislike cheap or unproven models, and I dislike people assuming all SSDs are more reliable than HDDs.

By HoosierEngineer5 on 8/26/2012 8:21:47 PM , Rating: 2
As far as I can tell from the manufacturer's documentation, the difference between an enterprise hard drive and a standard one is burn-in. Burn-in should be able to eliminate infant mortality, but I have never seen a claim that it would increase reliability. What have you seen?

Are there differences in the materials used, or the design?

I bought one
By muhahaaha on 8/27/2012 2:45:24 AM , Rating: 2
I bought one of these, and it has been totally reliab

RE: I bought one
By WT on 8/27/2012 9:29:49 AM , Rating: 2
Perchance do you work for OCZ ?? ;)

I always liked the concept, but OCZs rep has been soiled for way too long to give them the benefit of the doubt at this point. Six or seven firmware updates per SSD is not something to be proud of.

RE: I bought one
By MZperX on 8/27/2012 12:22:57 PM , Rating: 2
What you did there... I see it.

By SPOOOK on 8/26/2012 1:51:09 AM , Rating: 2
i bought one of these nothing but trouble its very slow softwere that does not work bios that will not boot this failure stay away from this lemon

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