Toshiba OCZ VX500 SSD Conclusion
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When TLC (triple level cell) NAND was introduced, it was immediately delegated to “value” SSD drives, since it had significant performance and endurance deficits compared to the more common (and more expensive) MLC NAND. However, new fabrication processes have improved both the performance and the durability of TLC NAND, and these improvements, combined with more advanced algorithms and TLC-specific SSD controllers, have substantially narrowed the performance gap.
In fact, it’s pretty safe to say that most users would not be able to discern any performance difference between these drives in day to day use. That being the case, why would one buy the 512GB VX500 at almost a 50% premium over the 480GB Trion 150?
Honestly? Peace of mind more than anything else. Sure, the VX500 racks up some substantial wins, especially when the IOPS get flowing, but typical consumer workloads don’t strain the IOPS of any modern SSD, so this isn’t a metric that’s likely to make a difference. It’s interesting that Toshiba’s official specs for the VX500 quote the same sequential read speed (up to 550MB/s) as the Trion 150, and a slightly slower sustained write speed (up to 515MB/s compared to the Trion’s “Up to” 530MB/s). The distinguishing features are:
- Endurance: 296 TBW (terabytes written) as opposed to 109TBW.
- Warranty: 5 years on the VX500 vs. 3 years on the Trion.
- Software: Acronis True Image license with the VX500, nothing on the Trion 150.
As SSD price/performance ratios continue to converge, it becomes harder to declare a true winner in comparisons like this. By the time the endurance or warranty on the less expensive Trion drive runs out, you’ll probably be able to buy 1TB SSDs for well under $100.
Taken on its own, though, the OCZ VX500 512GB SSD is an excellent drive. Its price comes in at the low end of the 512GB SSD spectrum, and the inclusion of Acronis True Image backup utility enables purchasers to easily migrate their Windows installation to the new drive (a feature of True Image). The drive exceeded Toshiba’s specifications for sequential reads and writes in the ATTO utility, and overall performance was excellent, especially considering how much more money you’ll have to spend to get a drive with noticeably more performance. And to really get noticeably more performance, you’re going to have to move to a PCI-E NvME drive anyway.
As of October 2016 Newegg’s prices for OCZ VX500 are 128GB – $66.50, 256GB – $96.99, 512GB – $154.99, 1TB – $334.99, securing VX500 as a solid state drive with excellent value, especially considering its software bundle. But remember that SSD pricing is very volatile these days, and today’s bargain could be tomorrow’s overpriced tech.
+ Metal case, screw-together construction
+ Acronis True Image bundled
+ 5-year warranty
– Doesn’t convincingly outperform less expensive drives
- Performance: 8.75
- Appearance: 9.00
- Construction: 9.00
- Functionality: 9.25
- Value: 9.25
Final Score: 9.05 out of 10.
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