OCZ ARC 100 240GB Solid State Drive Review

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PCMark 7 Storage Benchmarks

We really like PCMark 7's Secondary Storage benchmark module for its pseudo real-world application measurement approach to testing. PCMark 7 offers a trace-based measurement of system response times under various scripted workloads of traditional client / desktop system operation. From simple application start-up performance, to data streaming from a drive in a game engine, and video editing with Windows Movie Maker, we feel more comfortable that these tests reasonably illustrate the performance profile of SSDs in an end-user / consumer PC usage model, more so than a purely synthetic transfer test.

Futuremark's PCMark 7 Secondary Storage

The OCZ ARC 100 240GB drive put up some competitive numbers in all of PCMark 7's various storage tests, save for the "Starting Applications" benchmark where it trailed the pack. The relatively low score in that test, however, resulted in the OCZ ARC 100 240GB drive finishing dead last here. Though, the deltas separating the ARC 100 from the other drives is somewhat small.

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