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 original page posted on December 10th.
The drives all passed the warranty figure of 200TB on 23rd January 2015 – our next test was to get them all past the 300TB mark. Would any fail?
Watch via our VIDEO channel below, or over on YOUTUBE.
Read original ‘challenge’ editorial on 10th December, HERE.
Read 17th December 2014 ‘challenge’ update, HERE.
Read 27th December 2014 22TB mark update, HERE.
Read 10th January 2015 100TB mark update, HERE.
Read 23rd January 2015 200TB mark update, HERE.
Interview with OCZ on ‘The Past, The Present and The Future’, HERE.
One of the drives is now showing warning signs that things may be going wrong. That said, they have all long passed their warranty terms of 22TB data so we would expect some issues to start creeping in. How long they all last after this point, remains to be seen.
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 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.
We will be updating this stress test soon, and once a drive fails we will be reporting on it. Are one or two of them about to die horribly – its a possibility!
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KitGuru says: More updates coming as we get them!