Review: OCZ Trion 100 240GB

Like it or not, the price war in the SSD world involves the incorporation of NAND memory systems that make better use of space, manufacturing costs, etc. This means adding more layers of memory. TLC memories have driven down the prices in the world of SSD. If you can find 240GB drives for fewer than 100 Euros it is largely thanks to these memories that, like everything else, have evolved surprisingly for the best.

Technical performance of the OCZ Trion 100

This new OCZ series will be introduced in its lowest range. With lower prices. It changes quite a bit in relation to other models of the brand. Toshiba puts its new TLC A19 of 19nm memories as the driver, and OCZ puts its expertise in product positioning and engineering.

OCZ Trion 100 240GB

The Trion 100 is still a SATA model and therefore it is limited by its own interface rather than its own technical performance. It’s not an OCZ advanced model and its objectives are clear. It gives an economic option for all of us who see in an SSD a way to give new life to our computers, either portable or desktop. A SSD drive is largely responsible for having extended the lifespan of many laptop and desktop computers.

OCZ Trion 100 240GB

You can find this new unit in four flavors, ranging from 120GB, up to 960GB, with two intermediate options of 240 and 480GB. The technical performance varies with the storage capacity, as expected. The intermediate 240GB model that we have been able to analyze in our lab reaches speeds of 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write with a random performance up to 90000IOPs in read and around 43000IOPs in write. With a sustained time performance of around 3200 IOPs.

OCZ Trion 100 240GB

The new OCZ Trion, even with its FTA configuration, has good tolerance to continued writing. They use part of their capacity as a scope to reposition defective memory cells, with a capacity of up to 220GB writing / day in the largest model of 960GB and a 50GB / day for medium range models, such as the one with 240GB capacity.

OCZ Trion 100 240GB

This unit enjoys the same maintenance and monitoring applications from OCZ. SSDGuru allows you to keep the firmware up to date, as well as the status of the unit, it offers system optimization tips, etc.

The Trion 100 is also a basic unit, with fewer features. For example, it lacks hardware encryption capability. This doesn’t mean that you can’t encrypt it but it won’t have any contribution by the drivers and therefore you will lose some performance. It is a simpler unit, certainly, but it’s also less expensive and with some pretty interesting indirect advantages.

OCZ Trion 100 240GB

What you will enjoy is the TRIM recovery techniques for unused data cells. Using any modern operating system you will always have the cells ready for their writing process, maintaining unit performance during its lifetime.

Format and consumption

Usually, OCZ cases for their drives stand out for their quality, I would say that even for their beauty, but they are certainly heavier than average. But Trion OCZ changes this concept and presents a much lighter aluminum case, yet of lower quality. The difference is such that an OCZ Vector 150 weighs 115 grams and Trion 100 weighs less than half, only 48 grams. It may seem like a reduction in quality, it certainly is, but it is also a marked improvement if you are to mount this unit on a laptop, since the average weight of a mechanical unit, measuring 7mm, is around 100 grams and a 9.5mm one easily goes to 120 grams. It all adds up to a laptop.

OCZ Trion 100 240GB

The format is 7mm in height, the standard in mechanical drives and 2.5" SSDs. Don’t fear because the measures are the standard, be it a 7 or 9.5 mm drive, the fixture to your laptop or desktop will be the same. What you can possibly miss is a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter that we found in other models of the brand, but not in this one.

Power consumption when idle is also lower than any other model that OCZ has now in its catalog. It’s 6MW in idle mode but the consumption levels, when charged, remain higher than any mechanical hard drive with this format. It’s more than 4w of consumption when charged when a mechanical drive has an average consumption of 1.2W and less than 2.5W when charged. SSDs, this it is also true, do their job in less time, and at the end the truth is that no autonomy is gained, nor lost.

OCZ Trion 100 240GB

Performance Tests

I don’t think it’s so important to know the performance of this unit, its goals are clearly defined by the manufacturer itself, but it is always good to have all the data to make our choice. Still, as I say, it is a cheap drive that you can mount to give a new life to any computer that has not enjoyed yet the joys of an SSD.

OCZ Trion 100 240GB

The change will mean a more than noticeable improvement in the performance of any machine, no matter how old it is. These SATA drives are compatible with older standards such as SATA 1.5Gbps or the 3Gbps SATA, so you don’t need to be afraid when you use them on any machine. Obviously these interfaces will have a limited performance, but still it will be several times more agile than a mechanical drive. More even if you assume that those old PCs will not have a last gen mechanical drive inside.

Test platform:

Processor: Intel Core i7-5960X @ 4375MHz
Motherboard: ASUS Rampage V Extreme
Memory: Gskill DDR4 F43000C15 4×4 Quad Channel
Power supply: Seasonic Platinum Series 1200w

Reading (MB/s, Atto Benchmark 2.46 ) 545
Writing (MB/s, Atto Benchmark 2.46 ) 533
AS SSD. index 808
Reading (MB/s, Crystal DiskMark 4K QD32) 321
Writing (MB/s, Crystal DiskMark 4K QD32) 267
Sustained IOPS 6 hours 3321

Review and Conclusion

There are many kinds of SSDs, no doubt. Some are very powerful, and the most powerful don’t even have traditional unit formats, and there are economic units as they allow you access to a technology that changes the concept of performance in any format of computer drives.

These types of drives can make your 5 year old computer to run any application and system with a surprising agility and give it another good lifetime. All with great performances and the durability that OCZ guarantees in three years.

This drive has the same OCZ ShieldPlus high range warranty. This guarantee allows you to ask for a new drive in advance before trading in your defective unit, thus there are no delays in repairs or replacements. It is a direct guarantee from the manufacturer that does not even require proof of purchase, only the unit’s serial number.

The prices of this new model, upon official release date are 60 dollars for the 120GB model, 90 dollars for the 240GB model, 180 dollars for the 480GB model and 359 dollars for the 360GB model. These are certainly very competitive prices that place OCZ in that position of being able to cover all ranges. Now we only need to see those ultra high end range drives, with NVME interface, from which we have already seen a preview in shows such as Computex.

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