AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer

The Destroyer has been an essential part of our SSD test suite for nearly two years now. It was crafted to provide a benchmark for very IO intensive workloads, which is where you most often notice the difference between drives. It's not necessarily the most relevant test to an average user, but for anyone with a heavier IO workload The Destroyer should do a good job at characterizing performance. For full details of this test, please refer to this article.

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Data Rate)

The Trion is evidently not designed for intensive IO workloads like our The Destroyer and that's clear in the results. It's quite a bit slower than any of the other drives we have tested, including the TLC based Silicon Motion SM2256.

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Latency)

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Latency)

Fortunately the share of high latency IOs is tolerable and despite the high average latency the Trion at least doesn't completely stop processing host IOs. 

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Latency)

It looks like the Trion is doing a lot of background garbage collection because despite the low performance, the power consumption is very high. For desktop users that's a non-issue, but for mobile the Trion may not be the best pick.

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Power)

Performance Consistency AnandTech Storage Bench - Heavy
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  • harrynsally - Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - link

    I always wondered why no other company bid on the OCZ bankruptcy assets. Toshiba was the only bidder. Now we learn............

    "Toshiba president Hisao Tanaka and his predecessor Norio Sasaki resigned on Tuesday over a $1.2 billion accounting scandal blamed on management's overzealous pursuit of profits"

    "It has been revealed that there has been inappropriate accounting going on for a long time, and we deeply apologise for causing this serious trouble for shareholders and other stakeholders," said a company statement.
  • yefi - Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - link

    I thought Toshiba acquired OCZ for the expertise. Instead, the only thing they seem to be using is the brand label - a brand connoting unreliability and deceitfulness. High-fives upper management!
  • creed3020 - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - link

    Thanks for another great review Kristian. It is always good to see the full spectrum of what exists in the SSD space, and let the results do the talking.

    I'm still not seeing major advantages over the Crucial MX100 512GB in many cases when it comes to high capacity, great performance, and good value.

    I expect more from OCZ when I see that name. My OCZ DDR memory sticks are a reminder of that bygone era.
  • deadlockedworld - Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - link

    Hi folks. Now that the price of this drive has dropped to $279 its looking more attractive as a budget drive. Do we think that there is a possibility that firmware updates would improve its performance over time? Thanks.
  • cbjwthwm - Friday, September 25, 2015 - link

    New firmware (11.2) was just released which addresses the high latency issues on heavy loads, which should improve performance (and possibly power consumption as well) in the "The Destroyer" section of these tests where it performed particularly badly.

    The firmware version format seen on these drives is pretty obviously a Phison S10 controller, so hopefully OCZ can apply their expertise at low latency firmware design from the Barefoot-based products to this architecture and hopefully Phison-based products in general. Barefoot-based drives unfortunately can't really be recommend in general for mobile use because of their high power consumption, so this teaming of OCZ and Phison has some potential (like Intel and Sandforce in their SSD products) for improving the market in general.

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