Regular readers will know of the challenge submitted to KitGuru by OCZ – to kill 5 of their ARC 100 Solid State Drives. If you need a recap, then head back to this page posted on December 10th.
Since then, we have been stress testing the drives to see if they would pass the 22TB warranty mark. When we last updated the videos on December 17th, two of the five drives had passed the 22TB mark, and on Christmas day, the other three passed the warranty point.
Watch via our VIDEO channel below, or over on YOUTUBE.
Leo sent over a video on Christmas day detailing how each of the drives has progressed so far, and we will keep updating these pages until all five drives die – we have no idea how long they will last, but it will be interesting. OCZ are hoping that this test will go some way to repair their reputation which suffered in previous years after well known problems with the Sandforce 2281 controller. OCZ no longer use this controller and have introduced a new ‘ShieldPlus Warranty System’ to reassure customers.
The ‘ShieldPlus Warranty system’ eliminates the requirement for ‘proof of purchase’ … if a drive fails. A brand new SSD is shipped to the OCZ customer of the same capacity, in advance. When the replacement is received by the customer they then can then send their old faulty drive back with a prepaid envelope. Yes it all does seem too good to be true, but we can’t find any catch.
Anyway, be sure to check KitGuru regularly for updates on this OCZ ‘death test’. This is the first time any SSD company have proposed this idea with us and while OCZ may end up getting burned with our results we do like risk takers!
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KitGuru says: More updates coming as we get them!