Temperatures have always played a critical role on storage drives and in recent years we’ve seen it cause drives to fail prematurely and we’ve even seen some SSD performance results change for the worse if components were too hot or too cold. Since temperature is an important thing to keep an eye on we check the idle and load temperatures on all of the drives that we review. To get the idle temperature results we leave the drive sitting on an open air test bench in a room that is 19C. For the load numbers we use IOMeter to write 128KB to the drive sequentially for 20 minutes and record the top temperature.
The OCZ Trion 150 480GB drive had an idle temperature of 20C and topped out at 50C when doing 20 minutes of 128KB sequential writes across the entire drive with IOMeter.
The old Trion 100 480GB drive hit 65C at load, so it looks like the addition of a thermal pad on the Trion 150 really helped keep the temperatures down!
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