Model: OCZ ARC 100 240GB Solid State Drive
Manufacturer: OCZ Storage Solutions
Provided By: OCZ Storage Solutions

OCZ Storage Solutions is no stranger to the computer industry. Founded by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts, the company entered the memory market in 2002. Determined to manufacture the very best memory for overclockers, OCZ quickly established itself as a leader in the industry by breaking speed barriers and maintaining a reputation of quality. Today, OCZ is fully committed to the solid-state storage market. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba, the company offers a variety of high-performance SSD solutions for the enterprise and consumer markets.

One of the latest additions to OCZ's line of consumer-oriented solid state drives is the ARC 100. Developed to deliver exceptional performance at an enticing price point, the ARC 100 is based on OCZ's Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 controller. This cutting-edge controller is powered by both an ARM Cortex processor and OCZ's own Aragon co-processor and features an advanced, multi-level ECC engine, low write amplification, efficient garbage collection, and adaptive NAND flash management. The M10 derivative of the Barefoot 3 ups the ante even further, adding AES-256 encryption and a power-optimized clock generator. The ARC 100 is also equipped with Toshiba's Advanced 19nm (A19) Toggle Mode MLC NAND flash and an extra large DRAM cache to deliver up to 490 MB/s read and 450 MB/s write speeds along with a maximum of 80,000 4KB random write IOPS.

For this review, OCZ sent us the 240GB version of the ARC 100. This SSD comes equipped with 512MB of on-board cache and is capable of delivering up to 480 MB/s sequential read and 430 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 75,000 random read and 80,000 random write IOPS.

   OCZ ARC 100 240GB Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number ARC100-25SAT3-240G
Capacity 240GB
Flash Type Toshiba A19nm Toggle Mode MLC NAND
Controller Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10
Form Factor 2.5-inch
DRAM Cache 512MB
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s

Sequential Read 480 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 430 MB/s Max
Random Read (4K QD32) 75,000 IOPS
Random Write (4K QD32) 80,000 IOPS
Steady State Random Write (4K QD32) 12,000 IOPS

MTBF 2 million hours
Endurance 20GB/day of host writes for 3 years

Power Consumption
Active 3.45 Watts
Idle 0.60 Watts

Operating Temperature 0 ºC to 70 ºC
Storage Temperature -45 ºC to 85 ºC
Shock Resistance 1000G/0.5ms
Vibration (Operational) 2.17Grms (7-800Hz)
Vibration (Non-Operational) 3.13Grms (5-800Hz)

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 100.20 x 69.75 x 6.70 mm
Weight 110g

Other Features
Supports SMART, NCQ and ATA/ATAPI-8
TRIM and idle time garbage collection
AES-256 encryption
Three year ShieldPlus warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the ARC 100 has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at OCZ's new SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the ARC 100 have what it takes? Is it the best bang for your buck? Keep reading as we find out.

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