The TRION series is back on track. OCZ's TRION 150 is a decent performer with an outstanding price point, which is quite the opposite of what we got from the TRION 100. Enthusiasts will want to steer clear, but for the average user looking for something more than a spinning HDD can deliver, the TRION 150 fits the need almost perfectly; exactly as OCZ intended. As enthusiasts, we tend to focus on the best performance, but the vast majority of users don't need or care about having the latest and greatest performing hardware. They want something that will give them good performance at a low cost. For those users, we certainly have no reservations in recommending the TRION 150.
For the most part, the TRION 150 480GB performed at or near the top of our TLC equipped value drive test pool. OCZ's direct to die write strategy definitely makes a huge difference as illustrated by our transfer testing results where it not only outperformed the field, but it outperformed its predecessor by a whopping 61%. The TRION 150 is capable of outstanding burst performance, and that's going to make a huge difference for the average user where small transfers are the most commonly occurring file transactions.
We are satisfied with the SSD experience that the OCZ TRION 150 480GB SATA III SSD delivers. While running the TRION 150 as our OS disk loaded up with data to 75% of its capacity, the drive still delivered an excellent user experience. We feel the performance is right, the price is right and that OCZ's ShieldPlus warranty is about as good as it gets. OCZ is advertising the TRION 150 as the ultimate replacement for an HDD. While we don't completely agree with their assessment, we do agree that for first time SSD users, the TRION 150 is an excellent choice that will breathe new life into a laptop or desktop computer that is running on an HDD.
The TRION 150 delivers as advertised and that's something we can get behind. OCZ's TRION 150 480GB SATA III SSD is TweakTown recommended.
- Low Price Point
- Acceptable Sustained Write Performance
- Hassle-Free Warranty
- Moderate Workload Performance
|Quality including Design and Build||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||85%|
|Value for Money||95%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||89%|
The Bottom Line: With its strong price point, decent performance and the industries best replacement policy, OCZ's TRION 150 is an ideal HDD replacement.
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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]