For our power consumption testing, we have the drive connected to the system as a secondary drive. To record the wattage, we use an Amprobe AM-270 multimeter connected in line with the 5v power on our SATA power cable to the drive. The multimeter records the min/max amperage draw from the drive over our testing period. We also record the drive’s sequential and random read and write power draw using Anvil Storage Utilities. We then take the values recorded and calculate the wattage of the drive. Some of the results may seem high compared to a standard notebook HDD because as these are peak values under load. When we see average power draw, SSDs are still more power efficient because they only hit max power for a short period of time.
There wasn’t much information on power consumption for the ARC 100 from OCZ. However, on the label it states power draw of up to 5v at 1A. From our testing we can see idle and 4K consumption is decent at a little over .6 watts and .94 watts respectively. Sequential writes seem to be the power leech for this drive coming in at around 3.4 watts.
REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
Steady-state performance is the current trend in the SSD market. Taking a look at OCZ’s recent releases such as the Vertex 460 and even their Vector 150, we see OCZ had taken note of it for quite a while. And concurrently, we see companies such as SanDisk with their Extreme Pro and Samsung with their 850 Pro starting to step into tweaking their drives for consistency as well.
In our testing it has performed very well. 4K speeds are very respectable, power consumption is decent, and in our PCMark 8 consistency test it has performed great considering its target market. With the OCZ ARC 100 coming in at $0.50/GB, isn’t the most affordable or fastest drive; it doesn’t come with any fancy accessories or software, but it is still does offer good performance at a decent price point.
OCZ ARC 100 SSD… The name of this drive itself seems to be a homophone for the word arch. It is almost as if its name is a metaphor. This drive is as an arch, or a bridge product. It is something that connects both performance and price to create value from it. And with that, the new OCZ ShieldPlus warranty is another reinforcement to the metaphor. OCZ as a whole is bridging out the consumer and connecting to them by offering a product and service they are looking for.
Since Toshiba’s taking in of OCZ, things seem to be getting better and better. If you are in the market for a value SSD, be sure to add this to your list of drives to compare!