OCZ rolls out the Trion 100, a new disk almost entirely designed and manufactured by parent company Toshiba. The Trion 100 features Toshiba's A19 19nm TLC NAND flash memory as well as a Toshiba TC58 SSD controller.
We hear OCZ's involvement in the creation of this SSD was very limited. As AnandTech reports in its review, this is basically a Toshiba SSD that retails under the OCZ brand as Toshiba doesn't directly engage in the retail market.
Available in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities, these disks target price points of $59.99, $89.99, $179.99 and $369.99, respectively. Despite the budget-level pricing the initial batch of reviews isn't enthusiastic about the Trion 100. The performance is pretty poor and even in OCZ's product lineup you can find SSDs that perform better for less money (like the MLC-based ARC 100).
As such, more aggressive pricing is needed to sell the Trion 100 but we see Newegg is already offering a 17 percent discount on the 120GB unit so perhaps these disks may be interesting enough if you don't mind buying TLC NAND.
OCZ Storage Solutions, a Toshiba Group Company, today announced the availability of the Trion 100 SSD series. Leveraging Toshiba Triple-Level Cell (TLC) NAND flash and Toshiba controller technology, the Trion 100 series was designed to deliver a superior balance of performance, reliability, endurance and value, providing an easy and affordable way for entry-level users to enhance their mobile or desktop systems.
With the aim of offering a superior computing experience over today’s hard drives, the Trion 100 series demonstrates that “value” doesn’t have to mean low performance. Rated for excellent sequential read speeds up to 550MB/s, sequential write speeds up to 530MB/s and random read I/O performance up to 90,000 IOPS, Trion 100 SATA III SSDs help maximize system responsiveness and optimize storage operations enabling increased multitasking and productivity for end users.
Designed for mainstream users with varying storage needs, the Trion 100 will be available in capacities of 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB. Additionally, Trion 100 SSDs provide ample endurance with up to 240TB total bytes written (TBW), providing peace of mind for users.
“As the market for solid state drives continues to mature the need for high quality yet affordably priced drives has only grown, and we are pleased to be able to provide exactly that with our new TLC based Trion Series SSDs,” said Daryl Lang, CTO of OCZ Storage Solutions, a Toshiba Group Company. “To deliver more robust endurance, the Trion has been optimized with extremely tight coupling between the premium Toshiba TLC NAND flash and firmware, making it an ideal solution for value-conscious users seeking an improved computing experience for both desktop and mobile applications.”
Trion series solid state drives are also able to take advantage of SSD Guru, OCZ's new, easy to use and feature-rich SSD management software tool which is designed to help users unlock the full potential of their drives and enables end-user control of drive maintenance, monitoring, SSD tuning, OS optimization and more.
Stringent reliability and quality procedures are incorporated into every OCZ drive; however, in the unlikely event that a drive needs to be replaced, Trion 100 is protected by OCZ’s ShieldPlus Warranty for 3 years. This industry-leading approach to service provides peace of mind with an elite, worry-free customer service experience which eliminates all the hassle and cost surrounding traditional support and warranty claims consumers often have to deal with.