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OCZ SSD Challenge update: 2 drives pass 22TB warranty (so far)

OCZ issued us a challenge – to stress test 5 ARC 100 Solid State Drives until they kick the bucket. OCZ hope they will all pass their 22TB warranty limit without a problem. The original story on this is viewable over HERE.

We have a new update today, two of the five ARC 100 drives have passed the 22TB warranty limit already – without failure.

If you want some background on this update today, then head to this page and see our original post.

Our quest to flog five OCZ ARC 100 SSDs to death is underway, using a test system that consists of :

  • Antec ISK 600M case
  • Asus Z87-I Pro Mini-ITX motherboard
  • Intel Pentium Anniversary G3258
  • Noctua NH-L12 cooler
  • Corsair LP DDR3 memory
  • Sapphire HD 7770 graphics
  • Intel 320 SSD boot drive
  • Seasonic M12 II 520W PSU
  • 64-bit Windows 7 Pro

It's a cool and quiet system that draws about 70W at the mains plug.

In the event that OCZ issues a firmware update for these drives then I may need to run the update. Time will tell on that score, but to be on the safe side I have signed up to OCZ's email service for notification about firmware updates for ARC 100, which is a neat idea.

The software we are using is Anvil's Utilities, and while the benchmark is familiar this is our first experience of the Endurance Test which is specifically intended to drive SSDs until they die.

Anvil's isn't happy about running on multiple drives simultaneously however we already have two drives (G and H) that have made it past the 22TB mark so hurrah, they have already fulfilled their warranty.
Drive G at 22TBDrive H at 22TB
Drive G at 91 percent after 22TBDrive H at 91 percent after 22TB

According to SMART data those two drives still have 91 percent of their life remaining.

Once we have all five drives up to 22TB we will continue pushing them until they die – and will report back here!

Discuss on our Facebook page, over HERE.

Kitguru says: So far, so good. We will be back soon with more updates.

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  1. If you read the title and the first lines a little fast and if English is not your native language, a first rushed conclusion is that 3 out of 5 drives failed. Maybe you should add somewhere in the beginning that all drives still work. Or maybe it’s just me.

    Considering that I have a Samsung 840 EVO for 13 months and Magician reports 4.18TBs writes, I would say that 22TB is a little over 5 years of typical use.

  2. Listened out for this, wanted to get your take to the finish ” conclusion ” well explained, Very linear in presentation, ” like a teacher ” but that is what i want and need ” thank you very much ” i would like your take on DD$4 compared to DDR3, for power savings, and effective throughput, listening out for your further reviews and analysis, . Cheers from Thomas in Vancouver Canada.

  3. Ahm, there already is an article on techreport about a similar test, except they have already passed 2 PB, thats 2 Petabytes, aka 2000 Terabytes, “Two freaking petabytes” to quote them exactly. Compared to that, 22 TB seems mundane. Pedestrian even. Old news. Not even a blip on the news radar. Sorry.

  4. What drives? I will buy that brand!
    Never mind, found it. Samsung Pro 🙂

  5. All drives made it to 300 TB at least, which would be at least 50 years of average use, so just buy whichever brand you fancy. Of course that doesn’t mean every ssd will last 300 TB, even a Samsung Pro could die in the first month of use. That’s why you have warranty. But I believe the myth that SSD’s are fragile and dont last and you should not keep important files on an SSD is shattered to bits, so bye bye HDD.

  6. I was wondering how fast SSD drive would die if I did 3d rendering with software that uses all my ram and 30GB of system’s pagefile to render each frame… 22TB would be ridiculously low. 22*1024GB=22528 /30GB=750.9 frames. So one SSD is worth of 32 seconds of movie…. Hmmmmm…. 300TB would give me roughly 7 minutes.