Transcend SATA-II 2.5″ SSD

Transcend recently released a 128GB MLC solid state drive (SSD). The Transcend drives offer 145MB/s read and 92MB/s write performance (sustained), which guarantees faster file transfers whether you’re working with a 1GB or 100GB file size.

Transcend recently released a 128GB MLC solid state drive (SSD). The Transcend drives offer 145MB/s read and 92MB/s write performance (sustained), which guarantees faster file transfers whether you’re working with a 1GB or 100GB file size.  While these speeds are a mile ahead of current standard 2.5" hard drives and very good compared to other MLC SSDs, the Transcend SSDs do not match the performance of the leading SLC SSDs, such as Intel’s X25-E Extreme SSD.

Because of the new rapid transfer rates and insubstantial latency, games and other software applications open faster and run effortlessly, which improves overall system performance.  This SSD uses the industry-standard SATA-II interface and a 2.5" form factor, which permits easy and direct user installation into the majority of mainstream notebook computers and PCs like other regular hard drives.

Transcend’s 128GB SSDs integrate error correction code or ECC to raise system integrity and help ensure highly reliable data transfers. Like most other SSDs, the Transcend drives also feature a built-in wear leveling technology that helps to guarantee a long storage lifespan and data-retention durability for persistent use. You can purchase the Transcends 2.5" solid state drives in capacities anywhere from 8GB to 128GB in SATA-II and IDE versions. All of these SSD hard drives come with global support and a two year warranty.

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  1. Pros: Inexpensive, large capacity for the price.

    Cons: Slow. Slow. Slow. The specs on this drive are woefully inaccurate. The drive doesn’t even come close to the read/write speeds quoted. I get sustained reads somewhere in the 90 MB/s category which is acceptable for the price. The writes however are in the 40-45 MB/s category. Tested in both XP and Ubuntu, tweaked every imaginable setting (deadline IO/Scheduler, fifo_batch, noatime, disabled indexing etc..) yet cannot get the drive to perform anywhere near the expected levels.

    Other Thoughts: If you can handle the slow speeds, the drive *is* very inexpensive. I have decided to move this drive over to the backup/archive section. Here’s hoping it lasts

    Regards

    Peddu
    hostcats.com

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