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Toshiba OCZ TR200 SATA III SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago
TweakTown Rating: 85%Manufacturer: Toshiba

Final Thoughts

 

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Looking back at our test results, we find the TR200 does perform equivalent to or better than most value-oriented SSDs - at least the ones we chose for out test pool. This is a bit surprising considering the TR200 doesn't have a DRAM cache to speed things along. We like the fact that the TR200 delivers better moderate workload performance than the TRION 150, or TR150, that it is replacing. Also, we noticed that the TR200 doesn't take much of a performance hit when loaded up with data and we like that as well.

 

 

We believe the 240GB model will be the best selling of the bunch. It does deliver the best synthetic performance of the series. Synthetic performance represents the bursty type of workloads that are common to the average user relatively well. Evidence of this fact is demonstrated perfectly by our SYSmark 2014 SE testing. The 240GB TR200 was only 13 points away from matching the Western Digital Blue 3D 1TB' overall system performance which is quite a feat. SYSmark also showed proof that when considering a DRAMless SSD less may actually be more. Typically, SSDs that do have a DRAM cache get faster as capacity goes up. With DRAMless SSDs the opposite is what we are seeing. Less capacity is faster. This makes sense because the address table is smaller and easier for the SSD to manage when there is no DRAM to cache it.

 

Overall, and taking into consideration that the TR200 is DRAMless, we are fairly pleased with the product. In general, it delivers better performance than you will get from most planar TLC-based SSDs even with a DRAM cache. For some, the 2-channel DRAMless configuration of the TR200 will have its benefits. Mobile users will benefit from reduced power consumption. In theory, the TR200 should end up being priced lower than the competition, and that will be good for those on a tight budget.

 

User Experience: In terms of user experience the TR200 delivers an average SSD experience which is what we would expect from a value-oriented SSD. Our user experience wasn't anything to write home about, but it is still good enough to earn a TweakTown recommendation.

 

 

Pros:

 

  • Synthetic Performance
  • Software Suite
  • 3D Flash

 

Cons:

 

  • Workload Performance
  • MSRP
  • Sustained Seq. Write

Product Summary Breakdown

Performance80%
Quality90%
Features88%
Value82%
Overall TweakTown Rating85%

The Bottom Line: Taken as a total package, we can recommend the TR200. The drive comes with a nice software suite and is one fine looking piece of hardware.

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