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Entry-level SSD Showdown: OCZ Trion 150 vs. Samsung SSD 750 Evo vs. Sony SLW-M

By Ciara Alarcon & Kenny Yeo - 16 May 2016

Test Setup & PCMark 8

Test Setup & PCMark 8 Feature Page feature_page test-setup-pcmark-8 550552 kennyyeo Kenny Yeo 21 2016-04-18, 5:09 pm 2 Entry-level SSD Showdown: OCZ Trion 150 vs. Samsung SSD 750 Evo vs. Sony SLW-M 549945 /files/content/2016/04/ssd-thumb.jpg Entry-level SSD Showdown: OCZ Trion 150 vs. Samsung SSD 750 Evo vs. Sony SLW-M 549945 1 Test Setup

The drives will be tested on our updated storage testbed using the Windows 10 operating system, which has the following specifications:

  • Intel Core i7-4770K (3.5GHz)
  • ASUS Z97-Deluxe/USB 3.1 (Intel Z97 chipset)
  • 2 x 4GB DDR3-1600 memory 
  • MSI GeForce 8600 GTS
  • Windows 10 Pro

We have also revised our benchmarks and the list used are as follows:

  • AS-SSD benchmark 1.8.5636.36856
  • CrystalDiskMark 5.0.2
  • PCMark 8 (Storage suite)
  • Atto Disk Benchmark 3.0.5
  • Iometer (version 2006.07.27)

This is the list of drives and their capacities tested:

  • OCZ Trion 150 (480GB)
  • Samsung SSD 750 Evo (250GB)
  • Sony SLW-M (480GB)
  • OCZ Trion 100 (240GB)
  • Samsung SSD 850 Evo (250GB)

Apart from pitting the three drives against each other, we are also interested to see how the new OCZ Trion 150 will perform against the older OCZ Trion 100. In addition, it will also be intriguing to see how Samsung’s new SSD 750 Evo matches up against the SSD 850 Evo, which is one of the best mainstream SSDs around right now.

But before we begin our analysis of the results, one thing to note is that the capacity of the drives are not equal and this could affect performance. Moving forward, we hope to review drives with capacities of around 500GB as that capacity point is slowly but surely becoming more popular. Generally speaking, larger capacity SSDs are often quicker as they usually contain more NAND chips which allows it to take advantage of the multiple NAND channels of the controller. In this case, the SSD 750 Evo is available only in 120GB and 250GB capacities, so it could be at a disadvantage against the OCZ Trion 150 and Sony SLW-M drives. 

PCMark 8

PCMark 8 is the most up-to-date system benchmarking software from benchmarking specialists Futuremark. It was designed for Windows 8 machines (now updated for Windows 10) and the storage suite test puts drives through a collection of 10 different real life workloads involving applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Word, Excel and even games like Battlefield 3 and World of Warcraft.

The Samsung SSD 750 Evo put up a strong performance on PCMark 8 and managed their highest score amongst the trio of drives. Although the difference in PCMark 8 scores wasn’t that great, the Storage Bandwidth results paint a different picture. With its speed of 293.46MB/s, the SSD 750 Evo was a good 45% faster than the OCZ Trion 150 and 47% faster than the Sony SLW-M. In fact, it only lost our marginally to the SSD 850 Evo, so all things considered, that’s a pretty impressive showing.