As previewed at CES, OCZ has released an update to their budget-oriented Trion 100 SATA SSD. The Trion 150 switches from parent company Toshiba's A19nm TLC to their 15nm TLC, the densest planar NAND on the market. The transition to 15nm NAND has been slow for Toshiba and SanDisk, and the release of the Trion 150 signals that the 15nm TLC is finally ready to compete in the most cost-sensitive market segment. This is also probably the end of the road for Toshiba's planar NAND and the Trion 150 will probably be the cheapest drive from Toshiba or OCZ until their 3D NAND ships, unless they introduce a drive with a DRAM-less controller.

The specifications for the Trion 150 are otherwise unchanged from the Trion 100, but the press releases have mentioned some improvements in sustained performance. Supporting the 15nm NAND required at least some firmware tweaks and it's possible that some performance optimizations were introduced as well. It's also possible that the Trion 150 adopts more overprovisioning or larger SLC-mode caches.

OCZ Trion 150 Specifications
Capacity 120GB 240GB 480GB 960GB
Controller Toshiba TC58
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 $69.99 $139.99 $269.99

We initially found the Trion 100 to be a fairly poor performer compared to other modern SSDs, but its pricing of late has been very low and more recent TLC drives like Crucial's BX200 have sacrificed even more performance for the goal of affordability. The allure of the cheapest TLC SSDs has been reduced by the availability of some decent MLC drives for only slightly higher prices, such as Mushkin's Reactor. With the switch to denser NAND, the Trion 150 may be able to widen the gap and take a clear lead in affordability over MLC drives. Even if the Trion 150 turns out to be another step in the race to the bottom among value SSDs, it will still vastly outperform hard drives, and that's all that value SSDs are really aiming for at the moment. On the other hand, if it does offer significant real-world performance improvements without any price increase, it can probably be competitive against other value SSDs at some capacities.

OCZ hasn't announced pricing for the Trion 150, but Newegg is currently listing the Trion 150 at around $0.29/GB for the 240GB and larger capacities and Amazon's listing (not in stock yet) has the 120GB drive slightly cheaper.

Source: OCZ



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  • bug77 - Thursday, February 04, 2016 - link

    That's some crappy endurance right there. 240TB on the 960GB drive means 250 p/e cycles.
    Probably a good drive to put your games on, since you usually write those once and rarely update them afterwards.
  • eek2121 - Thursday, February 04, 2016 - link

    not really, games are updated rather frequently. As an example, a quick glance at my downloads on steam today shows 7 games were updated since 3am this morning (it's 5:47pm CST right now)

    I've been eyeing the Sandisk Ultra II for my steam library. The 960 GB version has been as cheap as $199 on amazon and routinely drops to $249.99.
  • eek2121 - Thursday, February 04, 2016 - link

    It's also worth noting that the 1 TB 850 evo is on sale right now for $289.99. If only I had the money: Reply
  • ddriver - Thursday, February 04, 2016 - link

    Games update the executable, which is tiny - usually less than 50mb compared to the game assets Reply
  • DigitalFreak - Thursday, February 04, 2016 - link

    You're a bit out of date. Steam just got done downloading a couple of GB of updates for my games. Reply
  • edzieba - Friday, February 05, 2016 - link

    Even if Steam downloaded 10GB of game updates per day, that's still 24,000 days (65 years) before hitting the write endurance limit. Reply
  • ddriver - Friday, February 05, 2016 - link

    Updates might add new assets to the game as well, however, that's OK, not as bad as continuously rewriting big files in their entirety. At any rate, those updates are still fairly small relative to the entire games, and not a concern in terms of SSD endurance. Reply
  • eek2121 - Thursday, February 04, 2016 - link

    You don't game much do you? Reply
  • saratoga4 - Friday, February 05, 2016 - link

    Game updates are completely negligible relative to the endurance of even TLC NAND. The solder points on the SSD will fail before steam exhausts the NAND endurance. Reply
  • Golgatha - Friday, February 05, 2016 - link

    Caught two of those 960 Ultra II drives for sub-$200 each between Black Friday and New Year's Day to put my games on. Good stuff! Reply

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