Toshiba's OCZ RC100 is the smallest SSD we've ever tested, but don't let that small size fool you. The RC100 is fast and responsive. It provides a user experience that rivals the best that flash has to offer. This is in spite the lack of DRAM and having only two PCIe lanes to play with.
The RC100 is by far the best performing two-lane flash-based SSD you can buy at this time. It is even faster, where it really matters, than many four-lane SSDs currently on the market. The RC100 also presents a value proposition that is hard to ignore. With an opening MSRP of just $155 for 480GB of NVMe goodness, the RC100 should sell like hotcakes.
Our synthetic testing, most notably our response testing, clearly shows that the RC100 is right there with high-end NVMe SSDs when reading random data at low queue depths. This is in spite of having only two PCIe lanes and the rather severe handicap of running performance killing patches for Spectre/Meltdown against SSDs. Even patched, it quickly became apparent to us that the RC100 is the real deal.
We must admit that we were a bit skeptical that the RC100 would be able to keep up with other value-oriented SSDs that have an onboard DRAM cache. Our skepticism faded the moment we saw the RC100's random read performance at QD1 when 75% full. We are pleasantly surprised to see that HMB (Host Memory Buffer) technology is so effective.
Because of its single BGA chip design, the RC100 is in our opinion destined to be one of the most affordable, if not the most affordable, NVMe SSDs on the market. It's almost there right out of the gate. It is true MDD's SBX Series, Kingston's A1000 Series and some of ADATA's lineup can be had for a few dollars less, but they offer an inferior user experience.
It's tiny, it's powerful, it's super power efficient and cheap to boot. We feel the RC100 is ideal for those who are looking for more than performance SATA has to offer at a price that won't break the bank. Additionally, the RC100's M.2 2242 design is perfect for small form factor builds as well as a mobile computing upgrade.
We are pleasantly surprised by the total package that is Toshiba's OCZ RC100. With this in mind, Toshiba's OCZ RC100 is TweakTown recommended and Editors Choice awarded.
- Low QD Random Read
- Application Performance
- Included Software
- 3-Year Warranty
- Heavy Workloads
Product Summary Breakdown
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The Bottom Line: Tiny, affordable and very fast where it matters most. What's not to love?
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