While many consumers would all love to upgrade to super-fast M.2 NVMe SSDs that offer 3,500+ MB/sec read and write speeds, there are others that would gladly ditch their mechanical HDDs for a more budget-minded SATA SSD. For those in the latter category, Toshiba has released a new OCZ SSD series that won’t break the bank while at the same time offering respectable performance.
The OCZ TL100 makes use of triple-level cell (TLC) NAND flash memory, and is available in both 120GB and 240GB capacities. According to Toshiba, the TL100 family offers sequential read and write speeds of up to 550 MB/sec and 530 MB/sec respectively. The SSDs are also rated for 4K random reads of 85,000 IOPS and 4K random reads of 80,000 IOPS.
When it comes to endurance, the 120GB version has a TBW (total bytes written) rating of 30TB, or 27GB per day. Stepping up to the 240GB version doubles those figures to 60TB and 54GB per day respectively. Both drives also come backed with a 3-year Advanced Warranty, which ships you a replacement drive in the case of failure before you have to box up and ship off the defective SSD.
“The Toshiba OCZ TL100 SATA SSD series demonstrates that 'value' doesn’t have to mean end-users need to sacrifice performance or quality,” said Alex Mei, VP of Marketing for Consumer SSDs at Toshiba America Electronic Components “As an affordable upgrade option for home and office users, the TL100 series makes SSD performance and responsiveness more accessible to a wider audience.”
The OCZ TL100 120GB is priced at a reasonable $44.99, while the 240GB version isn’t too far removed at $67.99. Regular HotHardware readers will likely steer clear of these offering for higher-performance alternatives, but they would be a perfect fit as a HDD replacement for your mom or dad, or perhaps your Aunt Becky that always calls you up for free tech support.