updated 07:06 pm EDT, Wed August 13, 2014
ARC 100 SATA III series features Toshiba A19 nm NAND, prices start at $75 for 120 GB
Toshiba-owned OCZ announced the release of a new series of 2.5-inch solid state drives (SSD) called the ARC 100. With the new ARC series drives, OCZ is offering solid state performance at entry-level pricing to spur consumer adoption. OCZ is selling the SATA III drives in three sizes, featuring Toshiba NAND, a three-year warranty and prices starting as low as $75.
"OCZ is known for delivering innovative enthusiast and high performance storage solutions but we also recognize that there is a large portion of the value-minded market that can also benefit from transitioning to SSDs," said OCZ Storage Solutions CEO Ralph Schmitt. Each of the ARC 100 SSDs are using Toshiba's next-generation A19 nm MLC NAND flash, along with the Barefoot 3 M10 controller.
The drives focus on "real-world performance" as well as price, allowing consumers to enter the SSD storage market while taking cost out of the equation. OCZ states the ARC drives have an endurance of 20GB of writes per day for three years, the same length as the warranty. The company is also offering its new ShieldPlus warranty on the drives, eliminating some of the headache with troubleshooting and replacements.
Speeds for the drives are stated to record up to 490MB per second sequential reads and 450MB per second sequential writes. Up to 75,000 IOPS are possible during a 4k random read, while a 4k random write can reach up to 80,000 IOPS. These numbers reflect the 480GB version of the drive, with the lower capacity SSDs taking a slight hit in top end speeds.
At $75 for the 120 GB drive, $120 for the 240 GB version and $240 for the 480 GB drive, price is can be seen as less of a concern when it comes to buying into SSDs. While consumers can pick up 500GB hard disk drives for around $50, paying a $25 premium for greatly increased speed isn't too hard to swallow. OCZ's new SSD are set to ship "in the next few weeks."