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OCZ Trion 150 SSD Review

OCZ Trion 150 SSD Review

In some ways the SSD market has stagnated over the past few years. For the majority of consumers that is because the limitations of SATA connectors mean our speed has been hovering around 500-550MB/s for a while. Of course higher priced drives using M.2 or PCIe interfaces can work around this but they are still really the realm of enthusiasts. The one silver lining to this stagnation is that it has allowed pricing to level initially and more recently fall significantly. Today’s review product pushes the price down even lower, aiming to take over the value market while providing impressive warranty, stability and as few performance compromises as possible. Welcome to our OCZ Trion 150 SSD Review.

OCZ Trion 150 SSD Review – Packaging and Bundle

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As we would expect the Trion 150 arrives in a box which uses the standard OCZ design. Compact, a nice view of the SSD and a note of the capacity. Inside there is some product documentation and the SSD is encased in a plastic shell.

OCZ also make a free tool available to us, via download. SSD Guru allows us to monitor and maintain our SSD including the ability to upgrade the firmware, optimise performance and erase the drive.

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OCZ Trion 150 SSD Review – The Drive

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As we have come to expect from OCZ, the Trion 150 has a nice metal shell and applied to the top of it is a branding sticker. On the bottom we get product information and at the end of the drive is a SATA3 data and power connector. The dimensions are 100 x 69.85 x 7mm and weight is approximately 48g.

The Trion 150 is available in 120, 240, 480 and 960GB versions and we have the 240/480GB models to test today. Each uses  Toshiba 15nm Triple Level Cell NAND along with a Toshiba Controller. That said, for the first few GB of any write operation the drive performs in SLC mode, enhancing performance. As far as ratings go, the versions are all rated for 550MB/s read with the 120GB on 450MB/s write, rising through 520MB/s on 240GB and 530MB/s on 480/960GB. All but the 120GB have read IOPS of 90,000 (it’s 79000 on the 120GB) and write IOPS are rated at 25000 (120), 43000 (240GB), 54000 (480GB) and 64000 (960GB). All very similar to the Trion 100.

For energy use, the DEVSLP reading for the Trion 150 is 6mW with idle power at  830mW and active use is 4.8W. As for other features, TRIM is supported as is Idle Time Garbage Collection and the drive has a 3-year warranty with up to 240TBW rating (219GB/day). Finally, MTBF is 1.5M hours

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OCZ Trion 150 SSD Review – Performance

Testing was performed on an i7-5960X with X99 motherboard, 16GB of DDR4 and on Windows 10. All software, drivers and the OS were up to date.

Atto:

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CrystalDiskMark:

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HD Video Processing:

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HD Video Processing 2 (See Conclusion):

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Real World File Copy:

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Game Load Time:

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Windows Load Time:

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OCZ Trion 150 SSD Review – Conclusion

Starting with the build quality of the Trion 150 it is hard to find any issue of note. The metal casing gets us off to a good start, it’s always preferable to plastic. Then inside the drive is packed with quality components, Toshiba branded, including their latest TLC NAND. Obviously this makes a lot of sense given OCZ is part of the Toshiba group.

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Backing up this high level of component quality is an industry leading support process, summarised in the image above. Essentially you’ll find it hard to find a better warranty process.

Moving on to performance, the concern with a value orientated SSD is that there will have been significant compromises to reach the lower price point. In the case of the Trion 150 it is good to see that for most uses the drive performs at a high level. There is one aspect where it suffers, large file writing. That can be seen in our HD video test which writes large (several gigabyte) files multiple times over and over, or in our final file copy test, a single 9GB file. For anyone writing files less than 3GB or so, it is a non issue. Interestingly while observing this behaviour we noted that the 480GB drive could handle more of these larger writes than the 240GB before slowing down (both to around 200MB/s, so still exceeding mechanical drive speeds). And of course as soon as the large transfer is complete the drive returns to full speed. Load times, general desktop/productivity use, gaming, all offer competitive performance.

Finally on the value front the Trion 150 scores very well it’s price per GB is very impressive resulting in the following pricing:

120GB: $49.99
240GB: $69.99
480GB: $139.99
960GB: $269.99

Added to that we get a great tool in the for of SSD Guru which helps us monitor and maintain our drive over time.

Summary: Competitive performance in most day to day tasks, great pricing and good support.

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Stuart Davidson

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