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OCZ ARC 100 240GB SATA SSD Full Review - Barefoot 3 M10 on the cheap

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Introduction, Specifications and Packaging

Introduction:

OCZ is on what I would consider to be an upswing now that it exists under the relative safety of its parent company, Toshiba. Shortly after they were acquired, OCZ cut a bunch of unnecessary and/or redundant SKUs from their inventory and simultaneously began the transition of all of their product lines to exclusively use Toshiba branded flash. It only makes sense, given that flash is now available in-house - a luxury OCZ had wanted to have for quite some time. The changeover so far has refreshed the Vector 150, Vertex 460, and most recently the RevoDrive 350. Today OCZ has made another change, but instead of refreshing an old product, they are introducing a new one:

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Behold the ARC 100!

To those wondering why OCZ needs another model SSD, and where that model will fall in their lineup, here's everything you need to see:

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...so we have a slightly de-rated SSD, with the same Indilinx Barefoot controller, and the same Toshiba 19nm flash, but with a *significantly* reduced price. I wouldn't sweat the 20GB/day rating, as the vast majority of users will average far less than that daily when that usage is spread over a multi-year period. Even heavy gamers that blow through 100+GB of writes on an initial system and game install will still average far less than that over the subsequent months and years. Here is a look at the complete OCZ product spectrum, including their business and PCIe offerings:

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In our prior (and this) review, we've covered the whole bottom row. While we have reviewed the Z-Drive 4500 / XL's predecessor (the Z-Drive R4), The 4500 is not yet on finalized firmware. 

OK, so they've got my attention with this price thing, so lets see how well the ARC performs given its lower cost:

Continue reading as we evaluate the new OCZ ARC 100!

Specifications:

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Packaging:

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As hinted in the slide above, no accessories and no cloning software. These are measures intended to help OCZ cut every possible bit of cost from the ARC's bottom line.

August 13, 2014 | 07:17 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I know this is off topic, but whatever happened to intel's DC P3500? Is that ever going to be released?

August 13, 2014 | 08:36 AM - Posted by Airbrushkid (not verified)

The DC P3500 is suppose to be released by the end of August. I am waiting to buy one when it does.

August 13, 2014 | 10:58 AM - Posted by funandjam

.50/GB is decent, but I would love to see everyday prices dip into the .30/GB range or below.

August 13, 2014 | 02:40 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Think it won't happen until we start making over 1.5tb in 2.5"

August 13, 2014 | 06:54 PM - Posted by Kyon CoraeL (not verified)

Based on how the SSD prices have been declining in the last 2 years, I think that $0.30/Gb is obtainable within 2 years easily, regardless of whether or not 2.5" 1.5Tb hard drives are available. I have had a 2.5" 1Tb Hard drive since 2009 and there hasn't been any indication that there is any demand for anything larger for a laptop. I have seen 2.5" 2Tb hard drives but the height is too tall to fit in most laptops.

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