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Transcend SSD370 128GB Review

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Posted August 22, 2014 by Jake in Storage, HDs & SSDs

Overview

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Price at time of Review: $70
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Very affordable; Solid accessory package with cloning software; Very fast Read speeds; Well suited for OS drive.
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Sequential Write speeds only satisfactory; Performance increases as capacity increases.
 
BOTTOM LINE:
If you're looking for something very affordable and fast, then the Transcend SSD370 128GB is a great value option.
by Jake
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Features and Package

Below are the key features and specifications of the Transcend SSD370 128GB:

  • Advanced Global Wear-Leveling and Block management for reliability
  • Supports Advanced Garbage Collection
  • Features a DDR3 DRAM cache
  • Built-in ECC (Error Correction Code) functionality
  • Advanced power shield to prevent data loss in the event of a sudden power outage
  • Supports DevSleep mode
  • Supports Enhanced S.M.A.R.T. function
  • RoHS compliant
  • Provides great shock resistance
  • Slim, elegant and light design

Wear-Leveling algorithm

The controller supports static/dynamic wear leveling. When the host writes data, the controller will find and use the block with the lowest erase count among the free blocks. This is known as dynamic wear leveling. When the free blocks erase count is higher than the data blocks, it will activate the static wear leveling, replacing the not so frequently used user blocks with the high erase count free blocks.

Bad-block management
When the flash encounters ECC fail, program fail or erase fail, the controller will mark the block as bad block to prevent using this block and cause data loss in the future.

Enhanced S.M.A.R.T. function
Transcend?s SSDs support the innovative S.M.A.R.T. command (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) that allows the users to evaluate the health information of their SSD in an efficient way.

StaticDataRefresh Technology
Normally, ECC engine corrections are taken place without affecting the host normal operations. As time passes by, the number of error bits accumulated in the read transaction exceeds the correcting capability of the ECC engine, resulting in corrupted data being sent to the host. To prevent this, the controller monitors the error bit levels at each read operation; when it reaches the preset threshold value, the controller automatically performs data refresh to restore the correct charge levels in the cell. This implementation practically restores the data to its original, error-free state, and hence, lengthening the life of the data.

DevSleep Support
The SSD370 can help users save power thanks to the full support of SATA Device Sleep Mode (DevSleep). Portable computer users often make use of low power states such as standby mode to avoid having to wait for the operating system to boot back up. However, this comes at the expense of battery life. DevSleep allows compatible mobile devices to completely power off the SATA interface when not in use while maintaining a remarkable response time of less than 20 ms, offering instant-on capabilities akin to a portable device.

PACKAGE

The box of the Transcend SSD370 128GB SSD is white and red, reflecting Transcend’s corporate colour scheme. Basic information is contained on the front, such as the model number, capacity, form factor, and essential features.

Contained within the box is the drive itself of couse, but also a 3.5″-to-2.5″ bay converter, installation guide, and warranty information. Also included is a brief set of instructions that explains the necessary information about how to download the cloning software.The inclusion of a premium disk migration utility and adapter bracket with this drive is a pleasant surprise for a value-oriented, affordable drive.

Let’s take a closer look at the Transcend SSD370.

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4 Comments


  1.  

    Cheaper than all the competitors. Crucal MX 100, Samsung 840 EVO, Corsair LX, OCZ ARC 100, AMD Radeon 7, Sandisk Ultra II. Moreover Transcend uses quality Synchronous MLC NAND Flash chips in this SSD. The cheapest rival is Sandisk Ultra II TLC SSD and wants 80$ for the 120 GB one. I have been using a Transcend SSD 320 MLC SATA III 128 GB for two years and I am completely satisfied. As you know SSD 320 uses Asynchronous Flash Chips. Despite being Asynchronous it is perfect. No problem, no fail, no blue screen. You will not be regretful when you buy this SSD or any Transcend products.




    •  
      Sandy Bruce

      Your other post was uncalled for. No post from you was blocked. All post have to be approved by an admin before they will show up. Please refrain from making comments like that again. Thank you for reading our articles.




  2.  
    R0H1T

    The write speeds are pretty horrendous, however this drive has its place in the market though I wouldn’t wanna spend anymore than 0.3$ ~ 0.4$ for this particular SSD, depends on the drive capacity of course.




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      Good point, it does depend on the capacity. That said, it’s likely best suited to someone on a tight budget and looking for a strong upgrade from an old plattered hard drive. 150MB/s Write isn’t “horrendous”, it’s certainly not as fast as premium SSDs, but it’s still plenty quick compared to a traditional HDD.





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