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OCZ Preps Second-Gen TLC, First NVMe SSDs For 2016

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.

ProductRevoDrive 400
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x4
ProtocolNVMe 1.1b
ControllerToshiba
FlashToshiba 15nm MLC
Capacity128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Sequential Read2400 MB/s
Sequential Write1500 MB/s
Random ReadUp to 210,000 IOPS
Random WriteUp to 140,000 IOPS
Warranty5 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.

ProductTrion 150
InterfaceSATA 6 Gbps
ProtocolAHCI
ControllerToshiba
FlashToshiba 15nm TLC
Capacity120GB, 240GB, 480GB, 960GB
Sequential Read550 MB/s
Sequential Write530 MB/s
Random Read90,000 IOPS
Random Write64,000 IOPS
Warranty3 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. 

Chris Ramseyer is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware, covering Storage. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. Follow Tom's Hardware on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Chris Ramseyer
Chris Ramseyer is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews consumer storage.