We talked a lot about performance today, but only touched on the Q300 Pro's pricing. After comparing Samsung's 850 EVO and SanDisk's Extreme Pro, it's difficult to imagine anyone spending more money to buy Toshiba's contender. When the Q300 Pro arrived you could actually acquire a 480GB Extreme Pro and get an extra 240GB drive to go with it, and still be under what the 512GB Q300 Pro is selling for. The Q300 Pro 512GB price has dropped a considerable margin. The drive sells for the same price as the Samsung 850 Pro 512GB but is still $30 more than the Extreme Pro, the best performing SSD in the premium SSD class.
For most enthusiasts, this would make an excellent boot drive if Toshiba could solve its pricing problems. We've mentioned before that this company's client SSDs are some of the best you've never heard of. Previous models used model names like THNSNF and codes that only appealed to OEMs. The Q Series Pro, HG6 and new Q300 Pro at least get a little more consumer-friendly. Now they're recognizable. Those changes, along with better performance, may breathe new life into Toshiba SSDs.
We're excited to see what the company comes up with for its upcoming toolbox utility. At least you already have access to NTI's Echo software for drive cloning. But a comprehensive management tool will be a nice addition, particularly for enthusiasts who want to keep an eye on their drives' vital statistics.
SSDs have moved well beyond the novelty stage, at least as far as SATA-attached drives are concerned. This is largely a value-driven market, and pricing plays as much of a role as performance. These devices are often considered so reliable that we rarely even second-guess longevity, especially from a manufacturer with access to all of the NAND's hidden secrets. The Q300 Pro just doesn't impress us enough from that value angle. It's a solid performer, but you can buy faster storage for less money elsewhere.
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I ended up skipping this drive and going for another one, and having read this review, I'm kinda glad I skipped it. Seems to be nothing special, and not worth the price.
I guess I'm the only one that prefers reliability over either of those factors, especially for a system drive. All SSD's fall under the fast category, that there is good enough for me. And as far quality is concerned, you get what you pay for to a certain extent.
Trion 100 is horrible, Trion 150 is slightly better but still not great. As far as I'm concerned, only Samsung has a TLC drive even worth considering.
Is this what you're referring to by issues with Arc 100 and Radeon?
Most of the reviews I read on Arc 100 were very positive, so I bought one about a year ago and haven't had any problems with it. Mine is a 240GB model, this article says that the 480GB models were the ones with issues, maybe that's why. Still, so far, this is the only problem I've read about with Arc 100 drives. Are there other issues?