OCZ is taking another stab at TLC with their newly launched TRION 150. The first iteration of the TRION, the TRION 100, performed overall much better than an HDD, but in comparison to competing SSDs, it fell short. The main issue with the TRION 100 was write performance. The Trion 100 delivered transfer rates of 150 MB/s with our transfer testing. A 150 MB/s transfer rate is actually lower than that of a high-performance HDD. In addition, at launch, the TRION 100 480GB SSD came with an MSRP of $184.99 which put into direct competition with Samsung's 850 EVO and many other value-oriented MLC SSDs that delivered vastly superior performance.
With the TRION 150, OCZ focused on improving transfer rates. To accomplish this, OCZ implemented direct to die write for sustained writes that exceed the drive's SLC caching layer capacity. With direct write to die, instead of all write data passing through the drive's caching layer and then flushing that data to the drives TLC flash array, data transfers that exceed the drives caching layer instead bypasses the caching layer and are directly written to the TLC NAND array. This isn't the first time we've seen this strategy implemented. My Digital SSD's BP5e also utilizes direct to die write and as we saw it provided a drastic improvement in comparison to TLC drives that pass all write data through a caching layer.
When the TRION 100 launched, we were concerned with its relatively high MSRP. The TRION 100 was just as expensive as solutions that offered much better performance, making it an unattractive option. OCZ has addressed this concern with the TRION 150. At launch, the TRION 150 480GB has an attention grabbing MSRP of $139.99. OCZ is able to lower the cost of the TRION 150 by leveraging a lower cost 15nm TLC flash array instead of more costly A19nm flash. Typically, lithography shrinkage brings with it lower performance, but in the case of the TRION 150 it does not. The TRION 150 is more powerful than the TRION 100 at a significantly lower price point.
At $139.99, the TRION 150 is priced $10 more than Crucial's BX200 480GB and $15 more than MDD's BP5e 480GB. However, OCZ provides a significant value add through their exclusive ShieldPlus warranty. In our opinion, ShieldPlus easily offsets the additional cost. OCZ's ShieldPlus warranty is their policy of no wait, no receipt necessary, and no shipping cost to the customer product replacement. In the unlikely event that you're OCZ SSD fails, OCZ will immediately ship you a replacement with a postage paid return envelope to return the original purchased product.
Lower cost and better performance sounds like a winning combination to us; now let's see exactly how the TRION 150 performs.
OCZ's TRION 150 SATA III 2.5" x 7mm FF SSD is available in four capacities: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB. Performance for the 480GB capacity we have on the bench is listed at up to 550MB/s sequential read, 530MB/s sequential write. Maximum random 4K performance for the 480GB capacity point is listed as 90,000 IOPS read, 54,000 IOPS write. Steady state random write performance checks in at 3,200 IOPS.
Warranted endurance for the 480GB model is up to 120TB or 110GB per day for three years. Reliability (MTBF) at all capacity points is 1.5 million hours. The Trion 150 supports SMART technology and drive maintenance is available through OCZ's SSD Guru toolbox.
PRICING: You can find the OCZ TRION 150 480GB SATA III SSD for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The OCZ TRION 150 480GB SATA III SSD retails for $158 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The OCZ TRION 150 480GB SATA III SSD retails for £115 at Amazon UK.
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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]