Toshiba Announces OCZ TL100 2.5" SATA SSDs - 240GB at $0.28/GB!

Subject: Storage | September 27, 2016 - 05:51 PM |
Tagged: toshiba, tlc, TL100, ssd, sata, ocz, 2.5

Toshiba launched the OCZ TL100 series today:

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These are TLC SSDs aimed at the budget sector. They are using the ever more common SLC cached TLC hybrid configuration, and come in at bargain basement pricing. Here are the specs:

  • Capacity: 120 / 240 GB
  • Sequential read / write: 550 / 530 MB/s
  • Random read / write: 85k / 80k IOPS
  • Warranty: 3 years with advance replacement
  • Endurance (120/240GB): 30 / 60 TBW (27 / 54 GB/day)
  • Price:
    • 120GB: $45 ($0.38/GB)
    • 240GB: $68 ($0.28/GB)

Yes, that's $0.28/GB and a 240GB SSD at less than $70 bucks. The endurance is on the low side, but if these perform even half way decently, they will be a great low-cost way to go for most budget PC builds. We'll be testing these shortly on a new suite of tests with workloads that have been specifically optimized to more closely resemble real usage. These tests allow hybrid SSDs to use their SLC cache as opposed to flooding the drives with IO and forcing TLC writes. Don't be surprised if these perform surprisingly well for their cost. No guarantees as we haven't tested them yet, but we will soon!

Press blast after the break.

Toshiba Introduces the OCZ TL100 SATA SSD Series

 New Value-oriented SSD Solution Delivers Affordable Hard Drive Upgrades that Won’t Break the Bank

SAN JOSE, Calif. — September 27, 2016 — Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC), a committed technology leader, today announces the launch of the OCZ TL100 SATA solid state drive (SSD) series. Designed for entry-level users with traditional hard disk drive (HDD) storage seeking an affordable upgrade solution, the Toshiba OCZ TL100 series provides the performance of SSD technology at an attractive price point.
Offering an easy and affordable way for value-oriented users to enhance their mobile or desktop systems, Toshiba OCZ TL100 SSDs improve home/office computing experiences, enabling increased system responsiveness and productivity over hard drives. With Toshiba TLC NAND flash memory under the hood, the TL100 series prioritizes both quality and affordability delivering the reliable system storage end users can rely on.
The TL100 series is rated for sequential read/write speeds of up to 550 MB/s and 530 MB/s, and random read/write performance of up to 85,000 and 80,000 4KiB input/output operations per second (IOPS), all while providing low power consuming storage that translates into a long battery life for on-the-go users.
“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, Consumer SSDs & Storage Outbound Marketing at Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. “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 SATA SSD series will be available in 120GB to 240GB capacities and will be backed by a 3-year Advanced Warranty Program, created to provide reliable customer service and mitigates the frustration surrounding warranty and support claims.
For more information, visit our product page here.

Source: OCZ

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September 27, 2016 | 07:20 PM - Posted by JohnGR

Just a funny note.

If you read the PR from the American Toshiba, the one you posted, it says that Alex Mei says what it is in quotes in that second paragraph from the end of the PR.

If you read the PR from the European Toshiba you read the same, repeat SAME quotes, but you are not going to see Mei's name there, but instead "Paul Rowan, General Manager of Toshiba Electronics Europe, SSD Business Unit"

I guess those two communicate telepathically and also agree with each other.

Here is the European version

Just for fun.


In a more serious note, those TBWs look a little low. With only 3 years of warranty, I wonder why Toshiba avoided giving higher values.

September 28, 2016 | 06:52 AM - Posted by Pholostan

I wonder what the IOPS at 4K QD1 is. Can't find that metric, everyone seems to state the pretty consumer-useless number of 4K QD32.

September 28, 2016 | 12:37 PM - Posted by remc86007

I love that prices are dropping, but I still can't justify using an SSD as a game drive. Most of the games I play are 40-60GB in size. This drive can only hold five or so of them at a time. Meanwhile I can get a hard drive for 5 cents per gig or less. I just don't think the faster load times in games justify the price of ssds for games. I love my OS drive ssd, but for me, an SSD cache and hard drive combo is still the sweet spot for storing lots of games and getting fast load times.

September 29, 2016 | 09:50 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Shame there isn't a 500 GB product.

September 29, 2016 | 10:51 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

These proces loook good but they never actually seeem to come to fruition. \unless they are being sold mainly in bulk to oems. Every time I have looked ata an ssd I have refurbished ocz (still running) samsung 840 evo , then samsung 850 evo. the other drives were cheaper but not by enough to offset the reliability/performance offerd by Samsung

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