The release of the Vector marked as a change in OCZ's strategy. With a new CEO, OCZ's goal was to change the company's brand image from being a low-cost value brand to a higher-end, high performance and quality SSD manufacturer. For the first time, OCZ decided not to release a value version (Agility-level drive) of its Barefoot 3 platform and only focused on the higher-end market with the Vector and Vertex 4xx lineups. Almost two years later since the introduction of the Vector, OCZ is now finally comfortable with bringing the Barefoot 3 platform to the mainstream market and the ARC 100 acts as the comeback vehicle. 

OCZ ARC 100 Specifications
Capacity 120GB 240GB 480GB
Controller OCZ Barefoot 3
NAND Toshiba A19nm MLC
Sequential Read 475MB/s 480MB/s 490MB/s
Sequential Write 395MB/s 430MB/s 450MB/s
4KB Random Read 75K IOPS 75K IOPS 75K IOPS
4KB Random Write 80K IOPS 80K IOPS 80K IOPS
Steady-State 4KB Random Write 12K IOPS 18K IOPS 20K IOPS
Idle Power 0.6W 0.6W 0.6W
Max Power 3.45W 3.45W 3.45W
Encryption AES-256
Endurance 20GB/day for 3 years
Warranty Three years
MSRP $75 $120 $240

Similar to Vector 150 and Vertex 460, one of the main focuses in the ARC 100 is performance consistency and OCZ remains to be one of the only manufacturers that reports steady-state performance for client drives. The biggest difference to Vector 150 and Vertex 460 is in the NAND department as the ARC 100 utilizes Toshiba's second generation 19nm NAND, i.e. A19nm as Toshiba calls it. Despite the smaller process node NAND OCZ is rating the ARC 100 at the same 20GB of writes per day for three years as the Vertex 460, although the ARC 100 is slightly slower in performance and also drops bundled cloning software and 3.5" adapter.

Given the smaller cell size of the A19nm NAND, OCZ is able to price the ARC 100 more aggressively. At higher capacities OCZ is able to hit the $0.50/GB mark and the ARC 100 is actually very price competitive with Crucial's MX100, which has been our favorite mainstream SSDs for the past couple of months. I am getting back from the US tomorrow and my review samples are already waiting for me at home, so you should expect to see the full review next week!

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  • Scott_T - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - link

    I guess no one told them you see 120gb drives going to $50-60 all the time now on sale.
  • hulu - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - link

    Why compare one product's MSRP to another's street/sale price?

    All you can compare currently are the MSRPs. Or wait until this becomes available and the prices settle to compare street prices.
  • bernstein - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - link

    MSRP = *desired* retail price...
    another comparison: MX100 512gb goes for ~$210...
  • MrSpadge - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - link

    If those 50-60$ are "sale" prices you might see similar discounts compared to the MSRP of the ARC. And almost 400 MB/s write for a modern 120 GB SSD is extremely fast.. others stay below 200 MB/s.
  • hojnikb - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - link

    Well its really due to a trick called performance mode (from way back in the vertex4 deays).
  • lmcd - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - link

    The real problem is that the 480 GB Vertex is currently priced at $240 as well. With more accessories and better performance.
  • CaedenV - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - link

    Nobody here is going to buy one of these drives at 50 cents/GB, because nobody here is going to buy a SSD from the likes of a mainstream retail chain. On websites that cater to bulk cheap nerd sales these will sell for substantially less, and the price will of course drop over time as well.
    We all have OCZ to thank for pushing SSD prices below the $1/GB mark, maybe with drives like this we will have them to thank for seeing prices drop below the $0.25/GB mark in the next year or two.
  • lilmoe - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - link

    Dat endurance rating....
  • robbertbobbertson - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - link

    for reference this is like 21.4 TB endurance, an 840 EVO is like 70-80 TB endurance
  • hojnikb - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - link

    This needs to be cheaper than MX100 to be even remotly interesting. Lack of caps, encryption and worse performance can justfiy the same or even higher pricetag as mx100.

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