Transcend SSD320 (256GB) - A Mainstream SandForce Drive

Launch SRP: S$330

Test Setup

Test Setup

The drives tested on our new storage testbed, has the following system specifications:

  • Intel Core i5-2400 (3.1GHz)
  • MSI Z68A-GD80 (Intel Z68 chipset)
  • 2 x 4GB DDR3-1600 memory
  • MSI GeForce 8600 GTS
  • Windows 7

The list of SSDs tested are as follows:

  • Transcend SSD320 (256GB) (Firmware 5.0.4)
  • Transcend SATA III SSD720 (256GB) (Firmware: 5.0.2)
  • Intel SSD 335 Series (240GB)
  • Intel SSD 520 Sereis (240GB)
  • OCZ Agility 4 (256GB)
  • OCZ Vertex 4 (256GB) (Firmware 1.5 Beta)
  • Plextor M2S (256GB) (Firmware 1.09)
  • Kingston HyperX SSD (240GB)

The Transcend SSD 320 is one of the few SSDs with asynchronous NAND memory that we’ve tested and it will be interesting to see how it matches up against Transcend’s own SSD720, which uses quicker Toggle Mode NAND. Also, key comparisons will be made against the OCZ Agility 4, which is also equipped with asynchronous NAND memory. Included in our performance analysis is also the duo from Intel - the SSD 520 and SSD 335 Series - as well as the Plextor M2S and Kingston HyperX SSD.

The list of benchmarks used are as follows:

  • AS-SSD benchmark 1.6.4
  • HD Tune Pro 4.6
  • CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1
  • PCMark 7
  • PCMark Vantage
  • Iometer (version 2006.07.27)
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

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