Toshiba OCZ TL100 240GB Review (Page 11 of 11)

Page 11 - Conclusion

I have never read the Charles Dickens' classic A Tale of Two Cities before, but just by looking at the title, I would say the Toshiba OCZ TL100 240GB is definitely a tale of two stories when it comes to performance. Backing up a bit, the physical drive of the TL100 240GB itself is fine, with a decent appearance and enclosure. Inside, we can start seeing some questionable flags appearing, especially when we see a lack of memory internally to help with caching while in use. The results, however, provide a very splitting impression. In our first rounds of tests, most of them being synthetic ones, the Toshiba OCZ TL100 240GB is up to the task, running quite close to its predecessors and competition. On the flip side, once we moved to more real world performance tasks, the Toshiba OCZ TL100 240GB started to show some true colors. Results were consistently lower when compared with the Trions and other budget-oriented drives, making it quite disappointing to say the least. Do not get me wrong, the Toshiba OCZ TL100 240GB should still be an improvement over the general spinny disk. However, in a day and age where solid state drives, especially in the wallet-friendly area, are plentiful in number, it makes me wonder who the Toshiba OCZ TL100 240GB is made for. One would argue it is for those looking to replace their older hard drives on the cheap. At press time, the TL100 240GB carries a price of $70 USD for 240GB, translating into $0.29/GB. On the other hand, the Toshiba OCZ Trion 150 is still available for a bit more, and it performs quite a bit better. On this basis, I cannot recommend this drive as the trade-offs to get to this low of a price are not good compared to other drives, even within the manufacturer's own product lineup. Unless you are really are tight on your budget, I think it would be better to buy something better performing for a few more dollars.

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Page Index
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
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 8.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark Vantage
10. Benchmark: PCMark 8
11. Conclusion