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Transcend SATA III SSD720 (256GB) review

Transcend SATA III SSD720 (256GB) - More SandForce Goodness

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Overall rating 8/10
Performance:
8.5
Features:
6.5
Value:
8
THE GOOD
Very good and fairly consistent performance
Amongst the quickest high-end consumer SSD
Attractive price
THE BAD
No installation brackets/racks provided


Introduction

Introducing the SSD720

Transcend is amongst the biggest manufacturers of storage products. Established in the late 1980s, Transcend’s product portfolio includes a bewildering range of devices and gadgets including flash drives, memory modules, memory cards and even digital audio players.

Unsurprisingly, Transcend has also dabbled in solid state drives (SSDs). SSDs have become increasingly popular in recent times thanks to its blazing performance and also because of the fact that prices of SSDs have come down to a point where it is acceptable for more consumers.

The SATA III SSD720 is Transcend’s latest SSD to hit the market and it’s targeted squarely at performance-hungry enthusiasts. Like most of the high-end SSDs available in the market now, the SATA III SSD720 from Transcend uses the SATA 6Gbps interface for speedy data transfers and the oh-so-familiar SandForce SF-2281 controller. The SATA III SSD720 drives from Transcend are available in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities.

The name SSD720 is a bit misleading, however, since “720” says nothing about the product, nor is that number related to the drive in any way. Also, it could cause confusion with Intel’s eagerly-anticipated PCIe-based SSD, the SSD 720 series.

Physically, the drive looks just like any other SSD and it comes in at 7mm thick which means it will fit into your slim Ultrabooks with no problems.

Here’s a quick look at the drive.