Okay, maybe this belongs in hardware, but who really goes there? Okay, some snarky “I am better than you are” types, but seriously…
I purchased the 180GB OCZ RevoDrive for the dual boot DAW/General purpose machine that I use every day. Since I can’t seem to change my signature, the specs are as follows:
Intel i7 950, 12 GB OCZ Gold 1600 DDR3 RAM, OCZ RevoDrive 180GB SSD (dual boot XP64/Win7 64bit), 3 TB Platter Storage, Gigabyte Radeon HD4850 1GB Silent, Dell 3007WFP 30" monitor @ 2560x1600, Tascam FW-1884 control surface/audio interface, Pioneer DVD Writer, Thermalright U120 Extreme1366RT Cooler, Apogee Mini-Me, Universal Audio Solo/610, UAD-1, UAD-2 Duo.
I’ve only set it up to load both OS’s and the programs drive.
System boot times went from about 45 seconds (RAID 0 w/ WD Raptors), to less than 15 seconds. This is for a fully accessible system, not just something where you still have to wait 20 seconds before you can do any real work.
Photoshop comes up in less than 3 seconds, including plugins. Cubase comes up a lot faster, but still takes too much time. Cut almost everything else in 1/3. That’s right, folks, everything loads about three times faster.
My email client (Thunderbird) comes up in about a second. Same for Firefox.
I paid about $415. Time is irreplaceable. I’ve saved a lot of that. The RevoDrive cards are superior to the standard SSD SATA systems by roughly 30%, possibly more. You need to have a free PCIe slot, running at the minimum of x4.
Caveats: don’t try sleep mode. You will crash and corrupt your boot sector. If you don’t believe me, you’d better have a full system backup, or you can suck wind (and you will). With the time savings for a full boot, you can simply forget about sleep mode. Simply forget about using it. I mean it. If you don’t heed my advice, then please share your experience, or don’t. We really don’t want to hear about how you screwed up, even after being warned by an expert.
As with all RAID 0 systems, you should backup frequently. If you don’t and you lose your system (trust me, you should have multiple backups, and you will lose something if you are not careful), more fool you. We don’t want to hear about your stupidity after you were warned by an expert. If you’re better than everyone else, we want to know what you did, and how to reproduce your results, because you are one bad mofo.
Anyway, I definitely see this as an extremely worthwhile update. I haven’t used it as a recording system, and neither should you, unless you are very meticulous about backup daily, or more frequently. You should only use it for OS loading and program acceleration.
This is where we are headed. If you’ve got some extra cash, and you are curious, I am available to answer your questions. I am quite willing to share my experience(s) with you.
Here’s a bonus: if you use something like Acronis® Disk Director, you can resize and move partitions in a fraction of the time that it would take to move/resize platter-based partitions. I’ve done resizes in seconds that would have taken hours. If you’re experimenting with SSD (like I was), this can save you days of time.