Toshiba OCZ RC100 NVMe SSD: Specifications And Details
We’ve got a couple of Toshiba OCZ RC100 drives in-hand and have put then through their paces versus a handful of the more popular and affordable NVMe-based SSDs currently on the market. Before we get to the numbers though, let’s dig in a bit and see where the OCZ RC100 fits in Toshiba’s product-stack and check out this diminutive little bugger...
OCZ TR200s. Technically, there are a handful of other products in Toshiba’s storage line-up, like the XG5 for example, but those are targeted at OEMs and not direct at the channel and other DIY avenues.
OCZ RC100 will be offered in three capacities, ranging from 120GB on up to 480GB – we’ve got the 240GB and 480GB models on-hand and have numbers for you on the pages ahead. All of the drives in the line-up physically look the same, however.
Toshiba is trying to push NVMe down into lower price points and they make no bones about it – the RC100 isn’t a flagship product. What the RC100 does offer, however, is better performance than SATA, a solid 240TBW endurance rating, and relatively low power consumption. Toshiba claims the RC100’s Active Power Consumption is 3.20 W (typ.), and its idle L1.2 Power Consumption is a mere 5 mW (typ.). We should also mention that Toshiba offers a 3 year warranty on these SSDs.
SSD Utility is organized into a handful of intuitive menus: Overview, Tuner, Maintenance, Settings and Help. On the Overview page, users have access to a wealth of data about the drive, including health and usage statistics. On the Tuner page, users can tweak things like over-provisioning or send a TRIM (Optimize in Windows 10) command to the drive. There are options on the tuner page for tweaking OS settings as well (when needed – nothing was listed for the RC100). On the Maintenance page, users can update the drive’s firmware or secure erase the drive, and on the Settings page users will find monitoring and logging options. Help is obviously where users can find information about the tool, but there is contextual help available throughout the utility as well.
Alright, that’s enough of the particulars – let’s see how the OCZ RC100 performs...