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Transcend SSD 230S 256GB Review

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Old 05-10-2018, 06:14 PM   #1
Venus Salud
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Transcend SSD 230S 256GB Review



Weíve recently taken a look at the 512GB offering of Transcendís SSD230S SSD, which delivered quite a great price to performance ratio, and Transcend does uphold its longstanding reputation when it comes to warranty. Now, weíre here to take a look at its smaller counterpart simply because Transcend sent it to us. Why not, right?

PACKAGING


Transcend packs in the SSD230S with pretty much the standard affair here. It comes in the familiar white, red and black packaging, which we've grown familiar with since the yesteryears. Thereís the SSD itself, a set of screws in case you donít have those handy, and a pile of paperwork for your warranty and other info on Transcendís stuff. This is already a given, and weíre not expecting any miracle additions here. All is as it should be. What were you expecting anyway?



DESIGN


Design-wise, the 256GB version is not surprisingly similar to that of its bigger counterpart. It comes in the standard 2.5-inch SSD form factor thatís complete with a metallic housing. It feels quite solid, which actually adds up to its durability for what itís worth. There are also mounting holes on each side and corners at the back of the SSD230S, too.

PERFORMANCE

TEST SYSTEM SETUP

Motherboard GIGABYTE AB350M-DH3
CPU AMD RYZEN 5 1600 3.2GHz
GPU ZOTAC GTX 1060 6GB AMP
RAM 16GB DDR4 2400MHz
Cooler Corsair H60 (2018)
Storage Plextor M9e 512GB M.2 SSD+ Seagate BarraCuda 4TB + 2TB
Western Digital Green HDD + Transcend SSD230S 256GB
PSU Corsair VS450
Case Silverstone RL06
OS Windows 10 Pro N
Display BenQ GW2270H

ATTO Disk Benchmark

ATTO Disk Benchmark is an industry leading benchmark that help measure performance of system storage such as hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays, and so forth.



Crystal Disk Mark

We begin with one of the storage benchmark standards with Crystal Disk Mark to measure both of its read and write rates through a series of tests.



AS SSD Benchmark

AS SSD Benchmark can determine an SSD's performance by conducting several specific tests on sequential or random read/write performance without using the cache.



Real World Performance
For the real world performance, we'll be using a set of 20GB file consisting of 119 video files, as well as an archived 16GB to test it out. The time is measured in seconds, and of course, lower is better.



CONCLUSION
Weíre starting to see prices for 3D NAND TLC SSDs going down, which even makes it a great deal if youíre moving up from a traditional hard drive. That said, the Transcend SSD230S 256GB is currently priced at around $60. Performance-wise, itís definitely where itís at, and youíre backed by the companyís three-year limited warranty to sweeten up the deal.
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