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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  • Lolimaster - Friday, April 1, 2016 - link

    You simple didn't embrace internet. Reply
  • bji - Friday, April 1, 2016 - link

    Nah. I just don't steal stuff, that's all. Reply
  • rtho782 - Saturday, April 2, 2016 - link

    By the definition of the word, neither does he. Piracy is not the same as stealing. Reply
  • bji - Saturday, April 2, 2016 - link

    Fine. I don't pirate stuff, that's all. It's no better than stealing anyway, I'm happy to use the word of your choice. Reply
  • Lolimaster - Friday, April 1, 2016 - link

    No edit button ftw Reply
  • jabber - Friday, April 1, 2016 - link

    Oh you want 2TB SSDs for a good price do you? Well get in line. I was trying to find a decent priced 1080p, i5, SSD, 8GB equipped Laptop today. In 2016 you'd think there were dozens and dozens by now. Nope. Slim pickings. Seems 90% of the Windows hardware world is going backwards or stagnating. Sure I could add the SSD and ram later but we were looking for straight out of the box solutions. Reply
  • Arnulf - Friday, April 1, 2016 - link

    You are better off using quality SSD of *your own* choice anyway, those OEM SSDs can be rather mediocre when it comes to performance.

    Getting a decent screen is the real issue, so many "HD ready" full-mirror-finish-for-maximum-glare screens ... in 2016.
    Reply
  • Lolimaster - Friday, April 1, 2016 - link

    For the premium they make you pay for the SSD laptop you can easily get twitce the space doing the SSD upgrade yourself. Reply
  • doggface - Saturday, April 2, 2016 - link

    As a desktop support engineer who works on $2k business laptops, i can tell you that for sata based ssd, oems put truly cheap and nasty ssds in theit laptops. Better off buying your own. Reply
  • jabber - Monday, April 4, 2016 - link

    Why are you guys telling me to install my own afterwards? I already told you I know that. Plus I told you in this instance it had to be out of the factory/box not a case of cracking it open and upgrading. Just read stuff before rushing to post. Reply

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