One of the best ways to improve the performance of a PC is to switch from a mechanical hard drive to a solid state drive. While you could argue their price per GB still puts them north of uncomfortable, no one can argue against their speed or connection options. OCZ has added a new variation to their RevoDrive series that combines the speed of an SSD with the capacity of a HDD with their RevoDrive Hybrid Storage Solution.

OCZ has taken a RevoDrive PCIe with a maximum bandwidth of 910 MB/s, added a 1 TB HDD and their new Dataplex caching software. This combination gives you 1 TB of storage with the Dataplex using the 100 GB SSD as a massive cache for your most frequently used  data. It is Intel Smart Response with more cache space, more speed, and works with any system with a free PCIe slot.

For the icing on the cake, the MSRP is $499.99 putting it in line with 200 to 256 GB SSDs. This is a great price point for what the RevoDrive Hybrid offers. I have my concerns about the early images showing a 2.5″ HDD which could mean a 5400 RPM drive. If the included 1 TB HDD is 5400 RPMs, loading software not cached would be excruciating slow in comparison. I would like to see specs on each individual part from OCZ.

While this is exactly the type of hybrid HDD system I want to own, I would like to see software to micro-manage the 100 GB SSD cache. Also, when you install Windows 7 on the RevoDrive Hybrid the first time, which drive does it install to?

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OCZ, a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced the release of the RevoDrive Hybrid PCI Express (PCIe) storage solution. Designed to dramatically accelerate applications and system responsiveness, the RevoDrive Hybrid’s superior combination of SSD and hard disk drive (HDD) technology is a revolutionary step forward for high-performance, economical storage.

The RevoDrive Hybrid integrates the benefits of both SSD and HDD technology into a single solution to offer both enhanced responsiveness and ample storage capacity. The drive comes bundled with Dataplex™ caching software which dynamically manages the use of the 100GB SSD with the 1TB HDD for superior overall storage performance. This combination creates an environment where the most frequently used “hot” data stays on the ultra-fast SSD, while the “cold” data remains on the larger capacity HDD. 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. In addition, the drive not only eliminates the SATA bottleneck unleashing ground-breaking bandwidth up to 910MB/s, but also features up to 120,000 IOPS (4K random write) for high transactional workloads delivering true SSD-level performance. Finally, the RevoDrive Hybrid provides unique benefits to users by incorporating features of OCZ’s proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) 2.0.

“The RevoDrive Hybrid leverages the best attributes of both solid state drives and traditional hard drive technology to deliver dynamic data-tiering on a single easy to deploy PCIe storage drive,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. “Leveraging Dataplex software to efficiently manage frequently accessed data delivers superior performance and capacity, making the RevoDrive Hybrid the ideal solution for high performance computing and media content creation.”

The all-new OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB comes backed by a three-year warranty and will be available worldwide for an MSRP of $499.99, delivering the industry’s best price per GB for SSD-level performance.

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