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OCZ Trion 150 240GB and 480GB SSD Review

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OCZ ship their Trion 150 drives in small boxes with the name and capacity clearly visible on the front. The Trion 100 drives were shipped in much plainer white boxes.

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The rear of both boxes contains a paragraph detailing how better your system will be after replacing an old mechanical hard drive.

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Not much in either box, just the drive along with some literature.

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The Trion 150 is installed inside a thin 7mm chassis. It is 2.5 inches and weighs 48g. It measures 100 mm x 69.85 mm x 7 mm.

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The chassis is easy to open and doesn’t incorporate any screws or locking bolts. Gently prise it apart on each corner with a thin screwdriver and the chassis will pop apart. The controller is cooled directly by the chassis, which is connected via a thermal pad shown in the images above.

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OCZ Trion 150 240GB (above)

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OCZ Trion 150 480GB (above)

The PCB is removed from the chassis again by prising it apart with a thin screwdriver. Its a simple process, but a little care must be taken not to crack the PCB. We wouldn’t recommend you do this anyway, that is why we are here.

On the 240GB model, the 16 15nm NAND chips are identified with a ‘TC58TEG7THLTA00’ marking. There is a NANYA cache chip which supports the main Toshiba controller.

On the 480GB model, the 16 15nm NAND chips are identified with a ‘TH58TEG8THLTA20’ marking. There is a Micron cache chip which supports the main Toshiba controller.

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OCZ produce a software suite which is compatible with their range of Solid State drives. I took some screenshots above with the 480GB drive in the system. You can update the firmware directly through this software, which we did before testing the drives today. Most of the time you update the firmware you will not lose any data (not volatile updates) although backing up any critical data seems prudent.

This software also allows health and temperature checking, which may be useful for troubleshooting issues.

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