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OCZ Unveils 1.1TB PCI-e HDD/SDD Hybrid Drive

Storage specialist OCZ has launched a new drive called the RevoDrive Hybrid which is essentially a PCI express card that contains a hard disk drive and a solid state drive.

Because it bypasses the SATA subsystem completely, the drive can reach speeds of up to 910 MB/s and up to 120K IOPS (on 4K random write) - which is fairly impressive.

Interestingly the drive brings together a 100GB SDD and a 2.5mm 1TB HDD spinning at 5400RPM and uses a SandForce SF-2281 controller to keep the data humming.

As expected, there's some proprietary technology under the hood including OCZ's Virtualized Controller Architecture and its Dataplex software.

The company stated in a press release that "Advanced caching algorithms learn user behavior and adapt storage policies to ensure optimal performance for each individual user, maximizing productivity for the most demanded programs and applications".

The drive which has yet to be released in the UK will come with a three year warranty and will cost around $500. OCZ hasn't confirmed whether users will be able to boot from the drive, whether it will sell the card without any storage, if users will be able to plug in a bigger & faster hard drive and whether you can actually get a RAID-0 configuration.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.