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OCZ ARC 100 Series 240GB Value SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 13, 2014 2:29 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: OCZ Storage Solutions

OCZ ARC 100 Series 240GB SSD

 

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Although OCZ set the ARC 100 Series in a value category, you wouldn't know it from looking at the full color packaging or the actual drive.

 

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The back of the retail package covers the features and talks about the target market.

 

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Inside, we found the drive in a plastic shell and a paper pamphlet that doubles as guide and a warranty document.

 

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OCZ uses one of the best drive cases on the market today - the aluminum case has some weight to it. OCZ uses the case as a heat sink for the controller, flash and DRAM. Although the ARC 100 is a value product, OCZ didn't cut any corners with the build quality.

 

I think this is important to express because the company could have moved to a plastic case or a paper thin steel case like some of the other companies have used in the past on value based products. OCZ didn't and it should be noted.

 

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OCZ used a 6.7mm z-height case for the ARC 100. I can't say for sure why the company didn't go with the standard 7mm design, but the reduced height shouldn't be an issue in your notebook, Ultrabook or desktop.

 

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Inside, we found a drive with sixteen NAND flash packages, two Micron DRAM packages and a controller.

 

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The controller is an Indilinx M10, the same used on the Vertex 460.

 

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This is Toshiba's new A19 NAND flash. A19 is second generation 19nm flash with 19mm x 19.5mm die, shrunk from 19mm x 27mm. When asked, OCZ stated the flash used in the ARC 100 is 2-plane. Toshiba also makes a faster 4-plane version.

 

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There are two Micro DRAM packages on the 240GB ARC 100, one on each side.

 

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The back of side of the PCB shows more power distribution components, more than what we normally see on value based products.

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