Last year's OCZ Trion 100 was the first drive released by OCZ as a subsidiary of Toshiba, and was really more of a Toshiba product that was released under the OCZ brand. As a prime opportunity to reestablish the OCZ brand post-bankruptcy, the Trion 100 was initially disappointing for its poor performance. It has since become clear that the Trion 100 was merely an early entrant in a race to the bottom that has seen sub-20nm planar TLC used to drive price down as much as possible even at the cost of performance.

While the price of MLC-based drives has also been declining, the new class of low-end TLC drives has made SSDs far more accessible by trading some performance for capacity. Most manufacturers are very explicit about marketing these SSDs for upgrades from hard drives rather than from earlier and smaller and more expensive SSDs, but it's hard not to make those comparisons. It's important to keep in mind that for the cheapest SSDs on the market, maximizing performance is not the only goal and often isn't even a primary goal.

Today we're taking a look at the successor to the Trion 100, the Trion 150. On paper, the OCZ Trion 150 looks like a fairly uninteresting update. The flash is changed from Toshiba's A19nm TLC to their 15nm TLC, which is cause for concern about how the smaller flash memory cells might hurt performance and endurance. The Trion is still using Toshiba's TC58NC1010 controller, a custom branded variant of Phison's S10. The performance specifications of the Trion 150 are unchanged from the Trion 100, but OCZ has made non-specific claims about performance improving for things like sustained performance. For that to be possible with what would seem to be a disadvantageous die shrink of the flash, the drive's firmware needs to be much better than the Trion 100's.

OCZ Trion 150 Specifications
Capacity 120GB 240GB 480GB 960GB
Controller Toshiba TC58NC1000 (Phison S10)
NAND Toshiba 15nm TLC
Sequential Read 550MB/s 550MB/s 550MB/s 550MB/s
Sequential Write 450MB/s 520MB/s 530MB/s 530MB/s
4KB Random Read 79K IOPS 90K IOPS 90K IOPS 90K IOPS
4KB Random Write 25K IOPS 43K IOPS 54K IOPS 64K IOPS
Endurance 30TB 60TB 120TB 240TB
DevSleep Power 6mW
Idle Power 830mW
Max Power 4.8W
Warranty Three years
Price (Amazon) $45.99 $61.99 $117.49 $229.99

Externally the Trion 150 is very similar to the Trion 100: the casing is identical and the labeling is only slightly changed. Opening things up we immediately see that more has changed than just the NAND flash dies. The flash is now in 16 TSOP packages rather than 4 BGA packages, requiring a much larger PCB but allowing for much cheaper packaging. The layout of the PCB around the controller and DRAM is similar to the Trion 100, but there's now a thermal pad between the controller and the case.

Gallery: OCZ Trion 150

As the successor to the Trion 100, the Trion 150 will be OCZ and Toshiba's entry-level SSD and will compete against the drives with the lowest price per gigabyte, now hovering around 20¢/GB. The primary competitors and points of comparison will be other drives with 15/16nm TLC such as ADATA's Premier SP550 and Crucial's BX200 (both using Silicon Motion's SM2256 controller) and drives from many brands using the Phison S10 platform and Toshiba TLC.

AnandTech 2015 SSD Test System
CPU Intel Core i7-4770K running at 3.5GHz (Turbo & EIST enabled, C-states disabled)
Motherboard ASUS Z97 Deluxe (BIOS 2501)
Chipset Intel Z97
Memory Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1866 2x8GB (9-10-9-27 2T)
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4600
Desktop Resolution 1920 x 1200
OS Windows 8.1 x64
Performance Consistency
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  • StrangerGuy - Saturday, April 2, 2016 - link

    What you say is true, but OCZ *and* planar TLC and lower raw performance is a combination not worth saving $30 against a 850 EVO 500GB.

    Why Toshiba didn't incinerate the toxic OCZ branding like a dead monkey with ebola is the one of the dumbest corporate decisions in history.
  • AuDioFreaK39 - Friday, April 1, 2016 - link

    The bottom of this article has an advertisement for the OCZ Trion 150 240GB at $45.99. This is actually the price for the 120GB model. The 240GB model is still $61.99 as shown in the price comparison chart.
  • Ryan Smith - Friday, April 1, 2016 - link

    The URL is correct. So it must be a data error on Amazon's part.
  • userseven - Friday, April 1, 2016 - link

    I have the 480 trion150 and feel completely satisfied with it. I bought it as a replacement for the very last mechanical drive I had. I would probably not use as OS drive, in principle, but for anything other than that I can't find anything wrong with it. Why are you people dissing it? It could be cheaper? Shouldn't everything? It WAS one of the cheapest at that capacity range when I bought it.
  • Lolimaster - Friday, April 1, 2016 - link

    Still prefer the Sandisk Ultra II's.
  • Lolimaster - Friday, April 1, 2016 - link

    Anand "tech"
    Still no edit option

    Bravo amigos.
  • doggface - Saturday, April 2, 2016 - link

    I think by now we can conclude it is deliberate.
  • Murloc - Saturday, April 2, 2016 - link

    there are middle grounds, like edit available only for 5 minutes (à la stackexchange comments) or until a reply to the comment has been posted.
  • Michael Bay - Saturday, April 2, 2016 - link

    They are trying to make you use your brain before posting.
  • Arnulf - Sunday, April 3, 2016 - link

    My brain hurts!

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