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OCZ ARC 100 ARC100-25SAT3-240G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I listed them under my previous review: about $.50/GB and puts up good benchmarks for the price: Today's CrystalDiskMark: Read - 253.1, 232.7, 25.81, 209.9, Write - 263.0, 262.8, 77.68, 203.4. (these varied a little from the first run before I installed the OS).

note: This was tested using SATA II. I would have expected to get a little closer to 300MB/s for sequential R/W, but I am guessing I have hit the SATA II bandwidth bottleneck. No problem for me as I am still CPU bound with my 980X running at 4.2GHz. I can peg all 12 virtual cores with a video transcode while keeping the temperatures under 50C. If I were pulling in big levels of a video game or grabbing a large chunk of video for editing, I might be thinking about a new rig with SATA III.

Cons: It did not come with cloning software.

Other Thoughts: It was quite a challenge to get my old SSD cloned to this one, probably because I run a dual boot with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 and the MBR is on the Windows 7 drive. OCZ was helpful in pointing me in the right direction, but cloning Windows 8.1 just doesn't seem to have happened that often relative to Windows 7. I ended up using WHS 2011 to restore the image over my network. Then I had to insert a USB flash drive with the Windows 8.1 recovery programs on it. None of the repair options worked. I ended up loading the DOS prompt and typing the following three commands: bootrec /fixmbr, bootrec /fixboot, bootrec /rebuildBCD and that did the trick. The only thing is that now the boot selection menu is white ascii text on black instead of the new blue Windows 8 GUI. It is not a problem for me.

I have used the system about twenty hours over the last three days and had none of the freezing problems others have complained about.

This is subjective, but Windows 8.1 seems a little snappier on the OCZ ARC 100 than my other older SSD.

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OCZ ARC 100 ARC100-25SAT3-240G 2.5
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I listed them under my previous review: about $.50/GB and puts up good benchmarks for the price: Today's CrystalDiskMark: Read - 253.1, 232.7, 25.81, 209.9, Write - 263.0, 262.8, 77.68, 203.4. (these varied a little from the first run before I installed the OS).

It is twice as fast as my old Mushkin Chronos SSD

Cons: It did not come with cloning software.

Other Thoughts: It was quite a challenge to get my old SSD cloned to this one, probably because I run a dual boot with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 and the MBR is on the Windows 7 drive. OCZ was helpful in pointing me in the right direction, but cloning Windows 8.1 just doesn't seem to have happened that often relative to Windows 7. I ended up using WHS 2011 to restore the image over my network. Then I had to insert a USB flash drive with the Windows 8.1 recovery programs on it. None of the repair options worked. I ended up loading the DOS prompt and typing the following three commands: bootrec /fixmbr, bootrec /fixboot, bootrec /rebuildBCD and that did the trick. The only thing is that now the boot selection menu is white ascii text on black instead of the new blue Windows 8 GUI. It is not a problem for me.

I have used the system about twenty hours over the last three days and had none of the freezing problems others have complained about.

This is subjective, but Windows 8.1 seems a little snappier on the OCZ ARC 100 than my other older SSD.

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OCZ ARC 100 ARC100-25SAT3-240G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: At about $.50/GB it is a pretty good value for an SSD.
It is very fast for what you pay. It scored Crystal benchmark at read: 276, 234, 36, 214 - write: 266, 263, 79, 205. This is at least 50% faster than my Mushkin Chronos did when I first got it a couple years ago at about $1/GB.

Cons: It did not come with tools to clone my Windows 8.1 OS. OCZ was helpful and pointed me to the Microsoft backup and restore command for 8.1, but I was not able to get it cloned and up in running in place of my old SSD.

Other Thoughts: I will post a follow-up after I can take the time to get my OS migrated from old SSD to this one.

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Display Name: Phil M.

Date Joined: 10/05/05

  • Reviews: 43
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  • First Review: 02/26/06
  • Last Review: 11/12/14
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