Solid State Drives Guide
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Fast and Reasonably-Priced
The Transcend SATA III SSD720 has its work cut out if it wants to distinguish itself in this crowded SSD market, but we think that it has done admirably well. Where performance is concerned, the Transcend SATA III SSD720 proved itself to to be a very capable former with very solid scores across all benchmarks. Judging from our results here, it is definitely one of the quickest drives in the market right now.
While it cannot be faulted on the performance front, we would have preferred it to have come with some installation accessories. As it is, the Transcend SATA III SSD720 includes only screws installations - no brackets nor racks. Therefore, installing this drive could be a hassle for users whose casings do not have the appropriate brackets or racks as you would have to go purchase them yourself.
Fortunately, the Transcend drive redeems itself somewhat with its rather enticing price. At S$453 for the 256GB variant, the Transcend SATA III SSD720 series is one of the more affordable drives at this capacity point. In fact, a quick look around reveals that only the recently reviewed Kingmax SMP35 Client and the more mainstream-suited Kingston SSDNow V+200 are cheaper.
However, the high-end market SSD market is currently a very competitive one as Intel has recently brought down the prices of their SSD 520 Series drives. The equally fast, if not faster, Intel SSD 520 Series has recently seen its price brought down to around S$488, which is only slightly more than what Transcend is asking for their SATA III SSD720 drive. With this in mind, while the Transcend drive might be more affordable, Intel’s claims of its drives being more reliable (thanks to its custom firmware) might win over users who don’t mind paying a bit more for a peace of mind.
To summarize, consumers who are in the market now for a ultra-quick high-end SSD are spoilt for choice. And the Transcend SATA III SSD720 makes a strong case for itself thanks to its very competent performance and attractive price.
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