OCZ Trion 100 (240GB, 480GB & 960GB) SSD Review: Bringing Toshiba to the Retailby Kristian Vättö on July 9, 2015 12:01 PM EST
AnandTech Storage Bench - Heavy
While The Destroyer focuses on sustained and worst-case performance by hammering the drive with nearly 1TB worth of writes, the Heavy trace provides a more typical enthusiast and power user workload. By writing less to the drive, the Heavy trace doesn't drive the SSD into steady-state and thus the trace gives us a good idea of peak performance combined with some basic garbage collection routines. For full details of the test, please refer to the this article.
Ouch, this doesn't look too good. Even out of the TLC drives the Trion 100 is the slowest of the bunch and the difference isn't marginal either (~25% drop in data rate at 240GB compared to the Ultra II).
The latencies actually show a worse phenomenon as MLC based drives (even the Neutron XT) all easily stay below 800µs, whereas TLC drives start at 1,000µs and the Trion even goes above 1,500µs.
Unsurprisingly, the high average latency shows up as an increased share of high latency IOs.
Not only is the Trion slower than the rest, it also consumes more power. To be honest, I don't mind a lower performance drive if the decreased performance translates to lower power consumption, but if that doesn't happen then the whole design is simply inefficient like in Trion's case. As I've mentioned before, TLC is inherently less power efficient so increased power consumption over MLC SSDs is expected, but I still think the Trion could use some better optimization.
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JellyRoll - Thursday, July 9, 2015 - linkWow, it looks terrible to be honest. I agree with the analysis. WAY overpriced, especially considering the Samsung alternative. A swing and a miss from OCZ/Toshiba.
ocz_tuff_bunny - Thursday, July 9, 2015 - linkHi JellyRoll,
Thank you for your comment, since this is my first post in regards to this article please allow me to identify myself as a member of the OCZ Storage Solutions. Usually by the time a product launches the MSRP already changed. We’re monitoring pricing very closely and will adjust to where the market goes. We believe with this drive's endurance and reliability it's a good option for users looking to upgrade from a HDD. Thank you again for your input.
MrSpadge - Thursday, July 9, 2015 - linkThis drive makes the ARC100 look even more like "the most underrated value drive". The Trion would need to undercut it significantly (and the BX100 and 850EVO).
StevoLincolnite - Friday, July 10, 2015 - linkTo be fair, everyone here would expect a certain degree of performance at each price point... This drive drops the ball on performance, so it needs to pick up the slack when it comes to price.
Also... To put this in perspective, this drive is probably as fast/maybe even slower than my OCZ Vertex 2 that I am still using today, which I bought 5-6 years ago...
LtGoonRush - Friday, July 10, 2015 - linkHere is direct advice for OCZ: this is a very bad SSD, and there's no way to position bad SSDs profitably because the bottom of the market is already crowded with bad SSDs that have to be sold below cost.
Instead, you should make SSDs that are not bad and are positioned appropriately in the marketplace. It's probably possible to make an SSD with a lower cost-to-manufacture that is not garbage and thus people might actually make a willing, informed choice to buy. I know it's not easy to differentiate your drives in a crowded market, but just making awful drives and hoping people buy them without knowing what they are getting is not a good strategy.
NvidiaWins - Friday, July 10, 2015 - linkSamsung is one of those bottom feeding SSD vendors......
Read this- http://www.extremetech.com/computing/173887-ssd-st...
Questor - Sunday, July 12, 2015 - linkThis article barely mentions Samsung and not in a negative manner. How is it that you feel your comment and the link are relevant to this discussion?
ocz_tuff_bunny - Friday, July 10, 2015 - linkHi LtGoonRush,
Thank you for your input. We are a new organization under Toshiba and have made significant changes to everything from the design processes to production and validation. Trion 100 is optimized for value users, the market price will fluctuate and we will adjust. We appreciate your feedback.
hojnikb - Saturday, July 11, 2015 - linkIt's not a bad SSDs. Its slow, i give you that, but not so slow, that typical user will notice. Still orders of magnitude faster than typical HDDs.
Its just need to be priced lower and it will make sense. And maybe a few firmware tweaks to boost speed a little, where it makes most sense. I'm sure there is something to be done.
sonny73n - Friday, July 10, 2015 - linkHi ocz_tuff_bunny,
Speaking from my perspective, you can't just create a mediocre product and expect to survive in this day and age, unless it has outstanding value for the money. As for storage solutions, SSD price per GB is still high compared to HDD. Most of us are still not be able to afford SSD for the whole system, boot and storage. Furthermore, it's possible for SSD to lose its integrity if it's not being used for long period of time which defeats the whole purpose of data storing.
For now I can only hope OCZ and the rest of the underdogs can improve and compete. We, consumers wouldn't want one company completely dominates the market. So, good luck OCZ.