For those looking for a very economically priced SSD that's still reliable and from a well known vendor, the OCZ ARC 100 series might be the most tempting drive line-up yet. With the OCZ ARC 100 series, a 256GB SSD costs only $90 USD or a 480GB SSD for $197. Though in this article the OCZ ARC 100 120GB SSD is being tested and it retails for less than $70 USD.
A few days ago I shared my brief experiences with the Transcend SSD370 256GB as an economical yet very fast solid-state drive. The Transcend SSD was bought for another LinuxBenchmarking.com system. I ended up having to buy another drive too for another Linux system in our open-source test farm, so for this latest addition it was an OCZ ARC 100 120GB SSD. This was just another one of the least-expensive but popular SATA3 SSD series. So in this article is another quick review / Linux benchmarks of this drive before commissioning it in our test farm powered by the Phoronix Test Suite.
The OCZ ARC 100 series is a consumer-grade SSD series aimed at delivering solid performance for notebooks and PCs. The OCZ ARC 100 is available in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB models and advertises sequential reads up to 490MB/s and sequential writes up to 450MB/s.
The OCZ ARC 100 is backed by a three-year warranty. Included with the 2.5-inch SSD was just the basic product documentation with no 3.5-inch mounting bracket or other extras.