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Transcend MTS820 120GB Review

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Old 12-10-2017, 02:56 PM   #1
Venus Salud
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Transcend MTS820 120GB Review

Transcend has been nonstop in expanding its portfolio of storage products ranging from mass consumer offerings to high-performance storage devices, and it has proven to be successful for them. The company has recently released its MTS820, an M.2 SSD designed to deliver uncompromised performance for small form factor devices with strict size limitations, and we’re here to find out how it fairs.


Capacity 120GB/240GB/480GB
Dimensions 80.0mm × 22.0mm × 3.58mm
Operating Temperature 0°C(32°F) ~ 70°C(158°F)
Storage Media TLC NAND Flash memory
Warranty Three-year Limited Warranty (Warranty does
not apply when SSD Scope’s wear-out indicator
displays 0% within 3 years.)
Price $85~

Key Features

- Space-saving M.2 SATA form factor (80mm) for ultra-compact computing devices
- SATA III 6Gb/s interface and SLC caching technology for exceptional transfer speeds
- Engineered with a RAID engine and LDPC (Low-Density Parity Check) coding to ensure data integrity
- Supports Device Sleep Mode (DevSleep) to prolong notebook battery life by intelligently shutting down SATA interface when not in use
- DDR3 DRAM cache
- Supports S.M.A.R.T., TRIM and NCQ commands


Transcend is keeping up with its design language when it comes to packaging the MTS820. It arrives in a very compact box. Once you open it up, you’ll be met with the MTS820 encased in an acrylic shell off the bat, and under it is a set of paperwork for product information, warranty, and so forth. That’s about it, really, and we’re not expecting anything else to come along with it.


When it comes to its design, the MTS820 isn’t exactly one to come off as special with it being bare naked and all. Other offerings feature black PCBs or engaging coolers we’ve seen before, but Transcend is still keeping up with its straight, bare approach when it comes to its M.2 SSDs.


Transcend is rating the MTS820 with a 550MB/s read and 420MB/s write, so we’ll go ahead and see if it does at least match up to it or it can push past through it.

Motherboard ECS Z270H4-I
CPU Intel Core i5 6500
Storage 128 GB HyperX Fury SSD + Seagate BarraCuda 4TB
+ 2TB Western Digital Green HDD + Transcend
PSU Corsair VS450
Case Deepcool Tesseract
OS Windows 10 Pro N
Display BenQ GW2270H

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 is one of the standards when it comes to storage benchmarking, and it reads/writes a 1 GByte file as well as randomly chosen 4K blocks. It can also measure in IOPS in addition to MB/s

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.


The Transcend MTS820 delivers performance that’s well above its given rating based on the benchmark tests we’ve run through it. However, when all is said and done, it all boils down to the price.

Currently, the MTS820 ships with an $85 price tag. As Transcend puts it as an affordable offering in the market, the price may be a tad worrying given the heap of options that are available today, with some of them looking to be a tad cheaper. This puts the MTS820 in a tight spot to be in.

Now, with that said, Transcend’s MTS820 has the numbers to back it up, making it a considerable offering to look for when you’re out in the market for an M.2 SSD.
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