We have seen a lot of value-oriented solid state drives come out lately. Crucial had their MX100, Samsung had the 840 EVO and now it is OCZ’s turn. The drive we are taking a look at today is the ARC 100 and at its current price at my favorite online retailer the drive sits at $0.44 per GB. As many of you know Toshiba took over OCZ and while back and with that everything inside this drive is owned by OCZ / Toshiba. Powering the drive you have the Barefoot 3 M10 controller and Toshiba A19nm NAND flash. That combination gives you sequential read and write speeds of 480 MB/s and 430 MB/s respectively for the 240 GB version we are testing today. Let’s jump in!
The ARC 100 comes in a bright blue box, something I guess we should start to expect from OCZ, or rather OCZ Storage Solutions now. On the front of the box there is a photo of the drive and it lets us know we have the 240 GB version.
On the back there is a list of features and some other information about the drive.
Opening the box up inside we find the drive and a small installation guide. No more 3.5-inch to 2.5-inch drive adapters or even I heart my SSD stickers.