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Pros: Eventually got it to work
Fast and stable once it works
If you can get it to work without weeping and gnashing of teeth like I went through, it could work out well
Cons: Almost no useful documentation or support from OCZ.
Unbelievably time-consuming ordeal to get it to work
The eventual fixes are simple and almost obvious in hindsight and OCZ should have been able to supply them.
Only useful in PCI-E systems
Other Thoughts: Here was the magic combination for me:
I finally got my RevoDrive X2 to work. Since it was sold as a refurb, turns out I didn't have the option of return, only return for exchange of same. I had an unbelievable fight to get it to work. It would crash every few minutes at first. Massively frustrating and time-consuming. If I could have returned it, I would have. Eventually I hit on the right combination and got lucky.
Below are some notes I collected.
Stuff I actually did:
* SSD CARDS DO NOT USE cache writing, so go into the device manager, under diskdrives, click on your SSD drive and under the policies tab uncheck write cache or disable write cache to disk.
* under windows services under administrative tools. Stop and disable "Windows Search Service" this stops Windows from indexing your expensive SSD card, It's not necessary to index search on an SSD, and stopping this service doesn't stop you from searching for files on windows.
* under services stop and set to disable "Disk Defragmenter" Service. This service is only useful for saving space on a hard drive being used as the OS system drive, not an SSD. Space is allocated differently on an SSD.
* Windows 8: Power Management, turn "Off" power management for PCI-e devices.
It's been working well in my Windows 8.1 system for about 3 months now, not a single crash since I did all the above.
Stuff others mentioned but I didn't have to do:
I had to uninstall the graphics card driver and the CCC catalyst control center software.
I then moved the SSD card to the BLUE PCIe slot #1 and the graphics card to BLACK PCIe slot#3. Reinstalled the graphics driver.
And there was a strange phenomenon with my earlier Windows 7 setup. So I inserted the Windows 7 instillation dvd and went into command prompt as an administrator. Went to the dvd drive letter IN MY CASE THIS WAS drive E:, by typing E: and enter. I had to do E:\>copy bootmgr C:\. Once I did this everything started to work smoother.
Pros: Fast--when it's not crashing. WEI 8.3 in my system.
Cons: Windows 8 hangs randomly. Runs for 30 seconds or 2 hours, but then hangs. Max uptime is 2-3 hours.
OCZ's SSD toolkits don't support the RevoDrive X2 model (they support RevoDrive3 model). Orphaned product.
Other Thoughts: Board: Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H, AMD A10 CPU & integrated Radeon graphics.
I tried all the different settings, combination of BIOS settings, Windows settings, you name it. No joy.
There's a bit of initial work to get Windows loaded onto it, e.g., loading its driver as oart of the Windows install.
It took about 4 or 5 tries to get Windows 8 to install successfully, i.e., without hanging in a different random place. Then trying to get Windows updates downloaded and installed without hanging took several days to work through.
I found settings that initially appeared to work, but still, eventually, those random Windows hangs would be back within less than an hour in most cases.
The only thing I could do reliably was watch DVD videos on it (Win 8 Media Center edition). Something about that activity allows it to work without freezing Windows
Tried all kinds of settings options (BIOS, Windows, Services, etc.) from OCZ support message board. No luck.
Sure, I know Windows 8 isn't "officially" supported for this drive, but apparently if you have the right motherboard it will work. I don't think my results in Win7 would be any different, based on posts I read.
At this point, I don't know if the issue is possibly a bad drive--I'd RMA it for another, but the result could be the same.
This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-654TR N300 Wireless Travel Router Kit IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Pros: + Easy to set up to provide mobile devices WiFi access point to a wired Ethernet connection. Working in 5 minutes.
+ Works good as a bridge for wired devices (e.g., printers with an Ethernet Cat5 jack) to connect to a wireless network.
Cons: - Doesn't work at all as a Wireless Internet Service Provider device.
- Meaning, if you want to use this in a Las Vegas hotel to share one paid Wifi connection between a laptop and 2 smartphones, it won't do that.
Other Thoughts: Great for use as a Wifi access point for your smartphones and tablets to a *wired* network connection.
But it wont do WISP... Many, if not most of the Vegas hotels don't have a wired Ethernet jack in the rooms anymore. So a device that shares a single purchased Wifi connection between all your devices, and avoids ridiculous $10/day per device charges is what you need, i.e., WISP.
For a travel router that does support WISP, for the Las Vegas hotel scenario, one that I subsequently got, and works, and covers all the scenarios is the TP-Link MR3040 and MR3020. The MR3040 also supports 3G/4G wireless using a USB dongle modem. Those run about $45 or so at last check. the MR3040 has a built-in battery and this supports a "very mobile" away from power scenario.