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Fifty bucks for a 120GB SSD? OCZ revamps its budget drives

Toshiba subsidiary OCZ is adding more power to its budget solid state drives, promising this year’s model offer “increased real-world performance” over previous efforts.

The Trion 150, starting at $50 for 120 gigabytes of storage and offering up to 960GB for $270, is the follow-up to OCZ’s Trion 100 line of SSDs. According to the spec page, the drive offers up to 550 megabytes per second read speeds and write speeds of 530MB/s, and up to 90K random write performance and 64K random read performance.

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These aren’t high-end numbers, but at a price point this low that’s not surprising. The website for the drive mentions repeatedly that the NAND flash cells are from Toshiba, which is in not unusual. Toshiba is one of the world’s largest producers of flash memory.

The drive comes in four sizes: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB. The performance and reliability varies between models, as seen in the chart below.

 OCZ Trion 150 120GB 240GB 480GB 960GB
Price $50 $70 $140  $270
Max Read 550 MB/s 550 MB/s 550 MB/s 550 MB/s
Max Write 450 MB/s 520 MB/s 530 MB/s 530 MB/s
Max Random Read (4KB, QD32) 79,000 IOPS 90,000 IOPS 90,000 IOPS 90,000 IOPS
Max Random Write (4KB, QD32) 25,000 IOPS 43,000 IOPS 54,000 IOPS 64,000 IOPS
Steady-State Random Write (4KB, QD32) 2,200 IOPS 3,200 IOPS 3,200 IOPS 3,600 IOPS
TBW (Total Bytes Written) Endurance 30 TB 60 TB 120 TB 240 TB
Daily Usage Guidelines 27 GB/day 55 GB/day 110 GB/day 219 GB/day

OCZ has a mixed reputation for reliability, particularly with their discount line. This is something OCZ is hoping to fight with a relatively generous three year warranty. Their web site states USA residents should, in the event of a faulty drive, be able to talk to a representative within 24 hours, and (pending troubleshooting) have a new drive shipped to them within 24 hours of that conversation.

Overall it’s a compelling price point for a decent amount of power, and should look pretty tempting to anyone still using a conventional hard drive in their rig.