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Toshiba TR200 960GB SSD Review

Rating: 8.0.

As from this year all Toshiba’s retail SSD’s will carry the Toshiba brand name but will have OCZ performance “DNA” under the skin, with the OCZ name being used as a sub-series. The Toshiba TR200 series are the first Toshiba retail drives to ship with Toshiba’s own 64-layer 3D TLC BiCS NAND.

Toshiba state that the TR200 series will be the only SATA based product they will release into the retail market and is aimed at first time upgraders and entry-level DIY system builders, probably the most congested and competitive segment of the market to launch a SSD into. The consolidation of their retail SSD’s into just one drive range means that the TR200 will succeed the TL100, TR150, A100 and Q300 product lines.

The TR200 series comes in just three capacities; 240GB, 480GB and the flagship 960GB drive which we are reviewing.

Toshiba’s official performance figures for the drive are up to 550MB/s for Sequential reads and up to 540MB/s for writes.

Incidently those figures are the same for all three drives in the range. Random performance is quoted as up to 81,000 IOPS for reads and 88,000 IOPS for writes for the 960GB drive. The random read/write figures for the 240GB drive are up to 79,000 IOPS for reads and 87,000 IOPS for writes while the read figure for the 480GB drive are up to 82,000 IOPS for reads and up to 88,000 IOPS for writes.

Endurance for the 960GB drive is 240TBW (the 240GB drive is 60TBW and the 480GB 120TBW) and Toshiba back the drive with a 3-year warranty.

Physical Specifications:
Usable Capacities: 240GB, 480GB, 960GB
NAND Components: Toshiba 64-Layer 3D TLC BiCS
NAND Controller: Toshiba TC58NC1010GSB
Cache IC: none
Interface: Serial ATA (SATA) 6Gb/s (SATA III)
Form Factor: 2.5in 7mm
Dimensions: 100 x 69.85 x 7mm

Firmware Version: SBFA12.0

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