SSDs have come a long way since the very one 35 years ago (yes, you read that right) by Dataram, the Bulk Core, which cost $9700 at the time! It was only in 2006 that SSDs had finally begun to go mainstream and penetrate into the consumer market, but they were still extremely expensive and were considered the ultimate form of computing luxury. Fast forward to 2016; SSDs have become commonplace and prices have become extremely competitive, while offering blazing fast performance. The product in question for this review is the Transcend SSD360S 128GB. There is another variant of this product, a 256GB model. The Transcend SSD360S 128GB is available for purchase through quite a few E-commerce websites for a price of Rs 3,500 (47 EUR).
What is SATA 3(6G)?
Before we get on with the review, it is essential to know what SATA 3 (which this SSD complies to) is all about. SATA 3 is the third and latest revision of the SATA storage standard which increases the overall bandwidth of the controller from 3 GB/s to 6 Gb/s. While that may not bring about a lot of gains with a conventional mechanical HDD, it’s a different story with SSDs. SATA 2 limited the maximum bandwidth to 375 MB/s (minus overhead). However, with SATA 3, that is effectively doubled to 750 MB/s (minus overhead). How is that important for SSDs? Well, SSDs are getting faster by the day and lower bandwidth on the SATA controller = an underutilized SSD
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Features and Specifications
Save power, fast response
The SSD360 maximizes laptop battery life when not in use thanks to the full support of SATA Device Sleep Mode (DevSleep). DevSleep ultra low power state conserves more battery power than current power saving features such as standby mode by shutting down the SATA interface completely. With a remarkable response time of less than 20 milliseconds, you can start working on your computer again almost instantly.
The SSD360 features the industry-standard 2.5" form factor. Yet, it measures just 6.8mm in height and only weighs a mere 58g, which is best suited with thin-and-light notebooks, mainstream PCs, and today's advanced Ultrabooks.
A new level of reliability
The SSD360 offers an aggressive garbage collection and recycling system. To further increase the lifespan of the SSD360, built-in wear-leveling and Error Correction Code (ECC) ensure continued reliable data transfer. SSD Scope also includes a convenient System Clone utility to help make upgrading your existing computer to the performance boost of an SSD360 quick and easy.
Take control with SSD Scope
To keep your Transcend SSD running fast, clean, and error-free, the advanced SSD Scope software application is available to download and work with the SSD360. SSD Scope allows you to monitor SSD360 health status with S.M.A.R.T. technology, enable the TRIM command in the operating system to help maintain optimum write speeds, and conveniently update SSD firmware, all from a single user-friendly tool.
|Dimensions||100mm x 69.85mm x 6.8mm (3.94" x 2.75" x 0.28")|
|Weight||58g (2.05 oz)|
|Storage Media||MLC NAND flash memory|
|Operating Voltage||DC 5V|
|Operating Temperature||0°C (32°F) ~ 70°C (158°F)|
|Certificates||CE, FCC, BSMI|
|Warranty||Three-year Limited Warranty (The three-year limited warranty does not apply when SSD Scope's wear-out indicator shows 0% within 3 years)
|Note||Speed may vary due to host hardware, software and usage.
|Package Contents||SSD360, screws x 4|
The SSD was well packed and came with all the necessary items to help you get your SSD functioning. The silvery-grey colour fits well with a black colour scheme and can be easily mounted in your computer chassis with the provided screws. The aluminium casing texture of the SSD gives it a robust look and feel. The SSD isn't prone to many scratches and dust collection. The Transcend SSD360S 128GB comes with a TS6510 controller which is a 4-channel controller. While this isn't the best, it certainly isn't the worst either.
The contents of the box is as follows:
- Transcend SSD360S SSD
- 4 mounting screws
- Warranty Card Quick
- Installation Guide
We used a few synthetic benchmarks to test the overall performance of the Transcend SSD360S 128GB. We chose three benchmarks which are likely to give customers a true picture of what to expect when purchasing this SSD.
1. AS SSD Benchmark
2. Crystal Disk Mark
3. Anvil's Storage Utilities
The one common conclusion which can be drawn after having a look at the performance side of things of the Transcend SSD360S 128GB is that the read speeds seem to be considerably higher than the write speeds. This SSD seems to suffer with slightly low performance when it comes to write speeds. If you're looking to purchase this SSD, do keep this in mind.
While wrapping this up, it’s important to remember that most other SSDs at a similar price range are likely to offer a close to similar performance. However, the main drawback of the Transcend SSD360S 128GB is definitely the large disparity between its read and write speeds. The Transcend SSD360S 128GB is likely to have both, the Kingston UV300 SSD and the SanDisk Plus SSD as its direct competitors.
Capacity (in terms of price): 8/10
Final verdict: 8.25/10
We decided to give the Transcend SSD360S 128GB a well earned Silver award!
More Information about our awards and High resolution versions can be found here