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Allyn Malventano
Storage Editor
San Antonio, TX

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Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup

08/17/2014 - 22:17

Internals: Disassembly: [inline:files/review/2014-08-17/IMG_9488-.JPG] Interesting and unique layout. The SSD wrk comes apart like an old iPod Nano. The housing is seamless extruded aluminum. Fully apart: [inline:files/review/2014-08-17/DSC04589.JPG] A...

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

08/13/2014 - 08:00

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...

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

08/12/2014 - 16:40

Conclusion: PROS: Great performance in a relatively low cost SSD, nearly identical to the Vector 460. New no-frills ShieldPlus Warranty program (see below). CONS: Price may still be too high, given the current market cost/GB landscape. [inline:files/...


08/12/2014 - 16:40

Yapt (yet another performance test) is a benchmark recommended by a pair of drive manufacturers and was incredibly difficult to locate as it hasn't been updated or used in quite some time.  That doesn't make it irrelevant by any means though...

IOMeter - Average Transaction Time (rev 1)

08/12/2014 - 16:39

Back with the Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB review, I revised the layout of these graphs to better show SSD latency and access time.  First, I have removed HDD results as they throw the scale too far to tell any meaningful difference in the SSD...

IOMeter - IOps

08/12/2014 - 16:39

Iometer is an I/O subsystem measurement and characterization tool for single and clustered systems. It was originally developed by the Intel Corporation and announced at the Intel Developers Forum (IDF) on February 17, 1998 - since then it got wide...

PCMark Vantage and 7

08/12/2014 - 16:38

For trace based testing, we are replacing the outdated PCMark 05 results with a pair of newer versions of the same. PCMark Vantage and PCMark 7 results will be included moving forward. We are also running PCMark 8 on samples as we receive them, however...


08/12/2014 - 16:38

HDTune tests a similar level of features as compared with HDTach, but with a different access pattern. Thus provides us with an additional set of benchmark numbers to compare between storage configurations. Here we can get the minimum, maximum...


08/12/2014 - 16:37

HD Tach will test the sequential read, random access and interface burst speeds of your attached storage device (hard drive, flash drive, removable drive, etc). All drive technologies such as SCSI, IDE/ATA, 1394, USB, SATA and RAID are supported. Test...

PCPer File Copy Test

08/12/2014 - 16:36

Our custom PCPer-FC test does some fairly simple file creation and copy routines in order to test the storage system for speed.  The script creates a set of files of varying sizes, times the creation process, then copies the same files to another...