OCZ ARC 100 Linux SSD Benchmarks
Written by Michael Larabel in Storage on 18 February 2015. Page 1 of 1. 10 Comments

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.

The ARC 100 SSDs use A19nm MLC NAND flash memory and a Barefoot 3 M10 controller. This drive is designed to sustain up to 20GB per day of host writes for three years.

OCZ does make it easy for those needing to upgrade their firmware SSD under Linux as they do have a bootable software solution but the OCZ Toolbox and Radeon Toolbox (for OCZ's Radeon R7 SSDs) also has Linux 32-bit and 64-bit binaries. Their closed-source program is slated for compatibility with EL 6/7, Fedora 18-20, Linux Mint 13-17, SUSE 11, and Ubuntu 10.04/12.04-14.04.

This is a fairly basic but economical drive. For getting a sense of its performance under Linux I tested the 120GB OCZ ARC 100 against a few other drives around the office and those used in the recent Transcend SSD Linux benchmarking. All drives were freshly formatted to EXT4 and being tested from a host system running an Ubuntu 15.04 x86_64 development snapshot with the Linux 3.18 kernel.

The Random read performance was in line with the other tested SSDs...

The OCZ ARC 100 came out the fastest with a random write test via the much-loved FIO Linux test program.

The read performance of the ARC 100 doesn't seem too compelling with it losing to even an old OCZ Solid 2 SSD for sequential reads.

Like with the random writes, for sequential writes though the ARC 100 did the best of this small drive comparison.

The FS-Mark benchmark results put the OCZ ARC 100 as a mid-range contender with the higher-end OCZ Vertex 3 running much faster and in some situations the Transcend SSD also was running noticeably ahead.

The OCZ ARC 100 seems to do much better with its writes than reads. However, if you're looking for a bargain priced SSD, the OCZ ARC 100 series would be a nice entry-level SSD. In particular, the 240GB OCZ ARC 100 that can be bought at the time of writing for under $100 USD while the 120GB drive I had bought goes for about $60. I'll update this review if I run into any problems with this low-cost SSD after it's been running in our large test farm after many months of automated and continuous benchmarking.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.

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