OCZ's new RevoDrive 3 X2 Max IOPS solid state drive should come with a warning label that reads: Warning, may cause whiplash, extreme giddiness, and feelings of euphoria -- these feelings will not subside. No such warning exists on OCZ's latest RevoDrive line, but that's how we'd market a PCI Express SSD capable of the silly fast numbers OCZ plastered on the spec sheet.
Let's start with the X2 (OCZ also announced a 'regular' RevoDrive 3 Max IOPS edition SSD). The X2 is a workstation-class storage device available in 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities and rated for up to 245,000 random write 4KB (aligned) IOPS. Only the 240GB model is rated lower, and that one's capable of a more than respectable 230,000 IOPS.
The 960GB model also boasts read and write speeds of up to 1900MB/s and 1725MB/s, respectively, while the 240GB and 480GB offer the same reads and only slightly lower writes (1700MB/s). All three are full height PCI-E cards with MLC NAND flash memory, 128-bit and 256-bit AES encryption, and OCZ's proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) 2.0 flash virtualization layer.
If you don't need quite that much speed or upper end capacity, the non-X2 version is available in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities. These drives come rated at up to 140,000 IOPS (135,000 IOPS on the 120GB) and read and write speeds up to 1025MB/s and 950MB/s on the 480GB, 1000MB/s and 950MB/s on the 240GB, and 1000MB/s and 900MB/s on the 120GB.