Toshiba is announcing its latest consumer SSD, designated as the TR200, providing DIY enthusiasts and gamers with the first storage upgrade option that utilizes 64-layer 3D flash memory. The TR200 represents an affordable means of upgrading your desktop or notebook PC to being far more responsive and productive than those that still utilize traditional hard disk drives (HDDs).
The TR200 combines the 64-layer 3D NAND with a SATAIII (6 Gb/s) interface to deliver sequential read speeds of up to 550MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 525MB/s. Random 4K read speeds are stated as up to 80,000 IOPS, with random 4K write speeds of up to 87,000 IOPS. The TR200 low power consumption also equates to extended battery life for notebook/laptop users.
According to Alex Mei, vice president of consumer SSDs and storage outbound marketing for Toshiba, “We are excited to provide consumers with the new TR200 series, our first retail branded SATA 6Gbit/s drives to leverage state-of-the-art Toshiba 64-layer TLC BiCS FLASH™. Seeking to provide enhanced real world performance and value to customers, the TR200 SSDs were engineered from the ground up utilizing the latest 3D flash memory technology to be a cost-effective and power-optimized storage solution for desktop and mobile upgraders, gamers, and system builders.”
Toshiba is offering the TR200 in 2.5” capacities of 240GB, 480GB and 960GB. It supports the DEVSLP (device sleep) function to help prolong battery life in portable computing devices, and has a Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) rating of 1.5 million hours. Toshiba is backing the TR200 with a 3-year warranty.
The TR200 is to be showcased at the China Digital Entertainment Expo & Conference (ChinaJoy) in Shanghai from 7/27 through 7/30, and at GamesCon in Cologne, Germany from 8/22 through 8/26. The TR200 is anticipated to be available for purchase at retailers and e-tailers this fall. Pricing has not yet been announced.