Transcend has a rather interesting drive here with the SSD370. Going with the TS6500 / SMI controller, one could argue that it’s a bet that consumers don’t really care about controller specifications, but rather care more about affordable speed. After all, any SSD will embarass a hard drive in terms of performance, so the boost will be significant for those who are looking to jump onto the SSD bandwagon, and particularly most affordably.
The SSD370 performance numbers are also interesting, as the speeds increase (specifically, the Write speeds) as you go higher in capacity. Spend more, get more. It’s a unique proposition to consumers, and again, likely matters more to those who are indeed willing to spend more. If you’re on a tight budget, we suspect cost is more critical than 4K Random writes at a Queue Depth of 64, for example.
That said, the Write speeds here are very fast, even on the 128GB model. Seeing 560MB/s Read is nothing to scoff at. Write speeds hover around the 160MB/s mark in Sequential, which admittedly is pretty quick. Sequential writes aren’t arguably as important for an OS drive anyways, so the case could be made that cost cutting there makes sense. Random read and write results are fast enough, not earth-shattering, but will certainly get the job done nicely for an OS drive.
The SSD market is getting very competitive these days, as pricing becomes more accessible to the masses and there’s greater demand for these superfast drives. We did manage to find the SSD370 128GB for an impressively low retail price of $70. Toss in the slim form factor, drive bay converter, and data cloning software, and you’ve got a extremely strong value package here for someone looking to either upgrade their notebook on the cheap or boost their HTPC setup.
In a sea of SSDs available on the market, it can be a bit daunting for a someone to understand the differences in performance results, and to simply decide what works best for them. If you’re looking for something very affordable and fast, then the Transcend SSD370 128GB is a great value option.
Transcend SSD370 128GB