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OCZ Trion 100 SSD Review

OCZ Trion 100 SSD Review

One of the big changes in the SSD marketplace in recent times was OCZ Technology (or OCZ Storage Solutions depending on your age) becoming part of the Toshiba group. Since that integration we have seen OCZ starting to take advantage of Toshiba’s resources and today we see for the first time an SSD under the OCZ brand which features Toshiba controller and NAND… and good news for those on a budget, this is a value orientated model. Welcome to our OCZ Trion SSD Review.

OCZ Trion SSD Review –  Packaging and Bundle


The Trion arrives in a box which uses the standard OCZ box design. Compact, a nice view of the SSD and a note of the capacity. Inside there is some product documentation and the SSD is suspended in a protective 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 of your operating system and erase the drive.

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OCZ Trion SSD Review – The Drive

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The Trion 100 SSD uses a fairly standard OCZ style casing. All metal, large sticker on top with branding and an information sticker on the base. This is a SATA 3 based SSD and has dimensions of 100 x 69.85 x 7mm and weight is approximately 48g.

The Trion 100 SSD is available in 120, 240, 480 and 960GB versions and we have the 240/480GB versions to test today. Each uses  Toshiba A19nm Triple Level Cell NAND along with a Toshiba Controller. 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).


For those who monitor their energy use, the DEVSLP reading for the Trion 100 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.


OCZ Trion SSD Review – Performance

Key Test Specifications: Intel Core i7-4790K, Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 5, 4x4GB DDR3-2666, Windows 8.1 64Bit.





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OCZ Trion SSD Review – Conclusion

With this being the first OCZ branded SSD to use Toshiba NAND and controller we were interested to see if there was any significant change in experience over existing drives… and the answer is nothing significant. Standard packaging, standard casing (great that it’s still a nice sturdy metal on this value model), same impressive software solution and the usual OCZ warranty and support process. Of course having tested Toshiba’s own SSDs in the past we know they are quality products.

For pricing, on launch day OCZ informed us that the following prices will be in place for the Trion 100. These include VAT:

120GB: £38.49
240GB: £60.99
480GB: £124.99
960GB: £219.99

That places them very nicely in the current market, for example the 120Gb is £10 cheaper than OCZ’s own Arc 100. And the 960GB is £30  cheaper than the equivalent SanDisk.

So that brings us to performance where the Trion 100 offers good performance for its class. The raw MB/s figures are competitive, random operations towards the bottom of the scale however still decent and real world use all good. Load times for example were near identical to the competition and file copy operations were responsive and completed in similar durations to the competition.

Summary: Well built, good software/support, competitive performance and aggressive pricing win the Trion SSD our value award.

Value Award

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Stuart Davidson

1 Comment


    Not seen write speeds that slow since 120GB 840.
    Even if OCZ were to price these 30% lower they’d still have-
    “Friends don’t let friends OCZ” to contend with………………….

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