Page 11 - Conclusion
With new flash chips and an updated firmware underneath the hood of the OCZ Trion 150 480GB, the mission of this drive has not changed. The mission was not to explore new frontiers to raise the bar in performance. Instead, the mission was to offer more value for the money -- value with sufficient capacity to take on moderately sized traditional hard drives, while edging out the competition in speed, and beating them in warranty coverage. Has these changes in parameters impressed us with its statistics to make a purchase decision? Well, we will have to weigh out the numbers. Based on our benchmarks today, we have seen some small decreases in linear read speed, which is evident in benchmarks like Crystal Disk Mark and PCMark Vantage. In most other read benchmarks, such as PassMark PerformanceTest's Advanced Disk Tests, the Trion 150 met or exceeded the performance of the Trion 100. However, where the Trion 150 gave up in read performance, it was exchanged for tremendous gains in write speed. The original Trion was a bit disappointing, to say the least, in this area; OCZ turned it around with the latest Trion, making it into a very competitive drive for its class. For our toughest and most unique test of the set, PCMark 8 Storage Consistency, the performance was not bad for a value SSD either. The Trion 150 was indeed a bit slower than the Trion 100 in degrade and steady, but was significantly faster in the recovery phase. Overall, it is fair to say the OCZ Trion 150 480GB does come slightly behind the Trion 100 480GB in heavy workloads, which is no star in this area in the first place, but what more can we expect for a budget solid state drive? For $140 at press time, along with simply the best warranty in its class for three years, the OCZ Trion 150 480GB is a much stronger case than its predecessor. The price was lowered, the write performance was improved considerably, and you still get three years of ShieldPlus warranty coverage. These changes in parameters, with all acknowledged and accounted for, impressed me with its statistics to back a rational purchase decision.
OCZ provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.
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The OCZ Trion 150 480GB is no speed demon -- but it does offer competitive performance for a great budget price, along with the best warranty coverage available from any manufacturer.
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1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
4. Benchmark: ATTO Disk Benchmark
5. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach 184.108.40.206
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 8.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark Vantage
10. Benchmark: PCMark 8