OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 and Sleep Modes

Here’s an observation that I have come across when using the OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 solid state drive and my experiences with putting my computer into sleep mode.

There have been numerous reports that the solid state drive doesn’t like to be put into the S3 sleep mode which can result in a blue screen of death (BSoD for the veterans amongst us) when waking the computer back up. The recommended workaround is to change the desired sleep state from S3 to S1 in the BIOS but there are some drawbacks. The most notable downside is that certain components may continue to draw power and system fans and lights may still operate. I find this particularly annoying when you have steady blinking lights whilst in an S1 sleep mode.

Anyway, on the latest firmware for the solid state drive (currently 2.15) I’ve not had any problems resuming from S3 sleep mode apart from a little grogginess after waking it up with particular devices connected like mobile phones that want to sync to your desktop software. If you can put up with that then you’ve probably got nothing to lose by making sure you have the latest firmware and enabled S3 sleep mode in your BIOS.

That said, your mileage may vary and there may still be some incompatibilities with this particular solid state drive and your motherboard – I might just be lucky that my older X58 motherboard happens to work well with this cutting edge drive.

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