Overall and Final Verdict
So as expected being an entry level drive from OCZ, the Trion 100 isn’t exactly a chart topper in most of our tests. I was surprised to see that it did perform well in a few of our tests though. That said it really fell on its face in some of the write speed benchmarks, especially when it comes to write IOPS. I ran into a few the issue with the SLC cache as well that caused other slowdowns. I think this is why the performance numbers in the real world testing were lackluster. That said I felt the Trion 100 did still have an edge with its styling, the rounded corners and OCZ look was still there even though they went with a lower priced casing. The TLC NAND had similar performance to the MLC based drives with the Phison S10, this is most likely because the Toshiba controller that the Trion 100 is using had a LOT of similarities to the S10 as well.
So where does the Trion 100 fit in to everything? Well if you only looked at the MSRP and the performance numbers it might not look like the best drive to pick up. But when spending a little time on Newegg I saw that at least right now the Trion 100 480GB drive that I tested is selling for $139.99 with just the Mushkin Chronos selling any cheaper at that capacity. Lucky for us I have tested that drive as well and with the exception of the PCMark 8 benchmark the Trion 100 outperformed the Chronos by a big margin. This to me makes the Trion 100 a great value focused drive. You aren’t going to get top shelf performance, but when compared to other value drives you are getting a quick drive.
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