TLC flash will usher in a new era of low cost SSD's. OCZ's first TLC drive is designed for entry level value ownership and in that regard it performs as expected. The drive delivers excellent read performance, but its write performance is a little disappointing even for a "value SSD". Is the TRION a worthy SSD replacement for your HDD? Sure it is, so in that respect the TRION 100 can and will deliver.
However, we're more interested in how OCZ's TRION 100 stacks up against the competition. The 500GB 850 EVO and 500GB Crucial MX200 are both currently selling for about the same price as the 480GB TRION 100's MSRP of $184.99. MSRP's are just that, they are a suggested price and actual pricing will typically be significantly lower once the product becomes available through retail channels for a short time. We are certain the actual price you will pay for a 480GB TRION 100 will quickly come down, but all we have to go on at this time is the MSRP set by OCZ. We also need to consider how accessories factor into the overall picture. The TRION doesn't come with accessories. Both the MX200 and 850 EVO outperform the TRION 100, and both come with cloning software making transitioning from an HDD to an SSD hassle free with no additional cost. It's true that there is freeware out there that will do the job, but that's just another loop to jump through for someone new to SSD's. We are of the opinion that until you can purchase a 480GB TRION 100 for $40-$50 less than an 850 EVO or MX200 of similar capacity, there is no compelling reason to go with a TRION.
Looking at performance, we found the 480GB TRION 100 overall performed below similarly priced SSD's on the market. The one redeeming quality was the TRION's excellent read performance. The sore spot is the TRION's unusually low write transfer rate. At a mere 152 MB/s that's a hard pill to swallow unless the price is right.
Our experience while running the TRION as our OS volume has been acceptable. It delivers a decent SSD experience, but not quite on the level of the 850 EVO or MX200. The TRION is not designed to compete in performance with either of these drives. The thing is, at launch the TRION 100 480GB at an MSRP of $184.99 is going to have to compete with both the 850 EVO and MX200.
OCZ TRION 100 480GB SATA III SSD
- Quality Toshiba NAND Flash
- ShieldPlus Warranty
- High MSRP
- Low moderate workload performance
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||90%|
|Bundle and Packaging||80%|
|Value for Money||70%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||80%|
The Bottom Line: OCZ's TRION 100 480GB delivers great read performance, but it's lackluster write performance and high MSRP at launch are holding it back.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Drive Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 2 [Drive Details]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and Properties]
- Page 4 [Synthetic Benchmarks - ATTO & Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 5 [Synthetic Benchmarks - CrystalDiskMark & AS SSD]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (Trace Based OS Volume) - PCMark Vantage, PCMark 7 & PCMark 8]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - Max IOPS, Disk Response & Transfer Rates]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - PCMark 8 Extended]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - 70/30 Mixed Workload]
- Page 10 [Maxed-Out Performance (MOP)]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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