OCZ Storage Solutions plans to release two new products in early 2016. Both show the direction the SSD industry is headed and the large performance divide between casual and enthusiast users.
Enthusiasts have long waited for NVMe to trickle down from the enterprise market. There are currently a few solutions available, but many users want more options and better pricing. The new for 2016 RevoDrive 400 gives users another NVMe option. In our meeting, OCZ stated that the new drives will be cost competitive with other NVMe offerings available today.
|Interface||PCIe 3.0 x4|
|Flash||Toshiba 15nm MLC|
|Capacity||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB|
|Sequential Read||2400 MB/s|
|Sequential Write||1500 MB/s|
|Random Read||Up to 210,000 IOPS|
|Random Write||Up to 140,000 IOPS|
|Warranty||5 Years ShieldPlus|
The specifications above come from OCZ's official specification sheet, but in a private showing, we observed higher performance. The RevoDrive 400 512 GB achieved nearly 2700 MB/s sequential read and just over 1600 MB/s sequential write speeds. The performance compares well to existing NVMe products on the market today.
Although not shown at CES 2016, OCZ will bring this NVMe SSD to market in four capacity sizes, including the elusive 1 TB size that other companies have yet to deliver in the M.2 form factor. This is important because it not only gives gamers what they demand (large capacity high performance storage), but it also gives business users with new Ultrabooks an upgrade path to higher data capacities.
OCZ has always competed aggressively on price. Toshiba's 15nm TLC flash packs the most bits per wafer of any NAND flash available today. Flash makes up the majority of an SSD's cost, so any reduction in NAND price leads directly to your wallet. The Trion 150 is OCZ's second-generation SSD with 3-bit per cell NAND flash. The transition to 15nm flash should allow OCZ to compete more aggressively with other low cost SSDs.
|Interface||SATA 6 Gbps|
|Flash||Toshiba 15nm TLC|
|Capacity||120GB, 240GB, 480GB, 960GB|
|Sequential Read||550 MB/s|
|Sequential Write||530 MB/s|
|Random Read||90,000 IOPS|
|Random Write||64,000 IOPS|
|Warranty||3 Years ShieldPlus|
OCZ's first generation TLC SSD, the Trion 100, already sells for as low as $69 in the 240 GB capacity size and is one of the lowest-cost drives sold today. The new Trion 150 should shave a little from that price. We also expect OCZ to deliver higher performance outside of the SLC buffer by using new sequential write algorithms that nearly double performance in this key area. If implemented, the Trion 150 may become a favorite among PC gamers looking for low cost flash performance.