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Transcend SSD320 (256GB) review

Transcend SSD320 (256GB) - A Mainstream SandForce Drive

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Launch SRP S$330

Overall rating 5/10
Performance:
7
Features:
7
Value:
2.5
THE GOOD
Decent performance for an SSD with asynchronous memory
Good write performance
Comes with hard drive bay adapter
THE BAD
Read performance significantly poorer than high-end SSDs
No SATA data and power cable
Pricing makes no sense


Results - CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1

CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 Results

CrystalDiskMark is an easy-to-run and quick utility to use to gauge a drive’s performance. It measures sequential read and write performance and random read and write speeds of random 4KB, 4KB (queue depth 32) and 512KB data. 

Here, the Transcend SSD320 once again showed that while its write performance was no slouch, its read performance was significantly poorer than the Transcend SSD720. This is no doubt due its slower asynchronous NAND memory. The OCZ Agility 4, which also has asynchronous NAND memory, was arguably the better performer and this could point to the efficiency of its Indilinx Everest 2 controller at negating the shortcomings of asynchronous NAND memory.