OCZ ARC 100 (240GB) SSD Reviewby Kristian Vättö on August 26, 2014 7:00 AM EST
AnandTech Storage Bench 2011
Back in 2011 (which seems like so long ago now!), we introduced our AnandTech Storage Bench, a suite of benchmarks that took traces of real OS/application usage and played them back in a repeatable manner. The MOASB, officially called AnandTech Storage Bench 2011 – Heavy Workload, mainly focuses on peak IO performance and basic garbage collection routines. There is a lot of downloading and application installing that happens during the course of this test. Our thinking was that it's during application installs, file copies, downloading and multitasking with all of this that you can really notice performance differences between drives. The full description of the Heavy test can be found here, while the Light workload details are here.
While heavy workloads are good on the ARC 100, the same cannot be said about our 2011 Storage Benches, which are more relevant to the typical client user. The ARC 100 is not slow but it loses its advantage against the MX100 and 840 EVO. Part of this is simply due to the fact that lighter workloads are all plenty fast even on "slower" SSDs.