OCZ Trion 100 Series SSD
SSDs Gone Wild at 37 cents per GB
We review the all new OCZ Trion series SSDs. These puppies are all about value in a dense and competitive market. This is the first OCZ SSD that is 100% Toshiba proprietary, that includes the controller and NAND flash memory. To make the product cost effective the TRION series come with the latest iteration of Toshiba TLC NAND flash memory. The end result is an SSD series that is fast with reads, versatile and competitive in terms of pricing.
Yes, in a storage world dominated by the big guns like Micron and Samsung margins are getting smaller and smaller. OCZ needed to address that to get the price per gigabyte down and offer a competitive solution that is fast, will be excellent in any PC and obviously a product that can compete with the Samsung 850 EVO in both price and performance.
To do so OCZ is now offering the Trion series SSD, an in-house Toshiba controller steers 19nm TLC based NAND flash memory from Toshiba to drive their SSDs to a bargain level. Now, writes in certain scenarios will will be hurt in performance with TLC, that is a fact... but as long as you do not write gigabytes continously over and over, and thus use Trion in a PC or Laptop for normal usage, then you are looking at an SSD performing in the 550 MB/sec range. Not bad at 37 cents per GB eh?
Performance wise you are looking at a product series that ranks high up there with the others with speeds running towards 550 MB/sec on reads and even 450 to 530 MB/sec on writes, in specific scenarios. But there are some cool new options. Among others you can now pick a 960GB model, a volume size that is growing rapidly in popularity. That's next to 120, 240 and 480 GB versions of course. Endurance is another factor alongside reliability. In today's review for example we'll look at the product and see how fast it remains even after thrashing the SSD with over 3TB host writes written. The Trion series isn't shy with writing either, this SSD series is rated at 27GB per day for three years for the 120GB model running up-to 219GB/day for three years on the top 960 model - yeah that is 238 TB written man.
The Trion series is receiving a 3 year warranty that is now based on ShieldPlus (we'll explain what that entails in the conclusion). The end result is an SSD that is fast and competitive in terms of pricing. The series also offers 4K random access throughput of up to 100,000 IOPS (read) (depending on volume size). But with TLC, writes will be lower in the 25K to 64K IOPS range, that is the trade-off really. As stated, competitive is the key word for this review as over the past month or two the dynamics are changing fast, players like Samsung and Micron (Crucial) have introduced new SSDs that bring the market down to its knees really. It was only last year that we wrote that SSD prices settled at just under 1 EURO per GB for the end-user, at the beginning of the year prices have been hovering at 70 cents per GB and currently you can already find SSDs priced as low as at 35~40 Cents (EURO) per Gigabyte of storage volume. So with that in mind nobody can stay behind.
The specs are decent enough by any standard. The models have sustained read levels of close to 550 MB/sec and up-to 530 MB/sec respectively. Have a peek first, after which we'll dive into the technology behind it and obviously we'll present you a nice phat performance overview.