Toshiba Q Series Pro 256GB SSD Review - Offers Great Value (Page 1)

Toshiba Q Series Pro 256GB SSD Review - Offers Great Value

Toshiba just finished the acquisition of OCZ Technology, but they also make their own based on Marvell hardware. Today Chris looks at one of them.

| Feb 8, 2014 at 4:08 am CST
Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Toshiba



There is a lot to talk about today in this review, so we're going to get started. Around a year ago, we tested Toshiba's THNSNH drives and noticed quite a few things in the performance results that were unique to OCZ's Vertex 4 drives. Even though THNSNH (which was later introduced to the retail market as the Q-Series) used a different controller, we know firmware and programming are just as important as the hardware.

As everyone who follows the SSD market knows, OCZ ran into some issues, and Toshiba scooped the company up. Bringing OCZ into the Toshiba family brings competitiveness to the Toshiba SSD portfolio; we think Toshiba scooped up OCZ for technology they either purchased or used from OCZ. In the benchmarks today, we'll point out what we believe backs up our observations.

While Toshiba picked up a big name in the SSD market by signing on the dotted line with OCZ, the company already had some very good SSDs. We tested the original Q-Series drives when they were OEM only, and called only by a model name, THNSNH. The 128GB and 256GB drives were both very good, but not hyper-class at the time. The new Q Series Pro improves upon the THNSNH performance, and according to Jon Coulter in his RAID Report of the new Pro model we're testing today, "Toshiba's Q Series Pro is a bona fide Hyper-Class SSD, and if that wasn't enough, it's also one of the most cost-effective solid state solutions on the market."

We will look at the performance today, and see how the drive lands on the performance charts. Here in the introduction though, we will talk about the price because it's almost inconceivable. At just $158.85 at the time of writing, you might think we're talking about the 128GB model, but we're actually right in the middle of the capacity size line up with the 256GB.

With Jon talking about the Q Series Pro playing in the same league as the fastest drives on the market (in his RAID article), and me telling you this is one of the lowest priced 256GB class drives on the market, I know you want to read more.

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Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.

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