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ADATA XPG SX930 240GB and Premier SP550 240GB SSD Review

Introduction Over the course of the last few weeks, a couple of anonymous brown boxes showed up on my doorstep. Festooned with foreign post marks, they set the household atwitter with speculation as to what might be contained within. I’m not sure the rest of the residents appreciated the contents quite as much as I, but for my part, I was ecstatic to open them and find both an XPG SX930 “Gaming SSD” and the more mainstream Premier SP550 from ADATA nestled among the packing material. Before we move on, let’s think about that a bit. Not so very long ago in late 2009, I purchased my first SSD. A 128GB Patriot Torqx SSD that I paid $369 for. Performance was rated at a paltry 260MB/s sequential read and 180MB/s sequential write. TRIM wasn’t implemented on that particular Indilinx Barefoot controller (I’m not sure it was even invented yet), and it ran on a SATA II interface (1.5GBps) of which it was at no risk of saturating. There were no categories in SSD’s. No “Gaming”, “Performance”, “Premium” or any other label. SSD was a self contained category all on its own. (For a bit of historic perspective, you can read Jake’s review of the Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD here). Today, our SATA based SSD’s saturate a 6 Gbps SATA III bus, and an ADATA Premier SP550 costs a mere $79 on Newegg for just about twice the capacity and more than double the performance of my now Vintage Torqx. In those days the d...



 
 
 
 
 

Transcend ESD200 128GB External USB 3.0 SSD

You are probably familiar with the company Transcend. Transcend makes a WIDE variety of storage solutions including USB flash drives, solid state drives, external hard drives, external CD/DVD drives, SD cards, digital photo frames and more. You are also likey familiar with the concept of an external hard drive. It's simply a standard hard drive of the 2.5" or 3.5" flavor tossed into an external case that connects to your computer typically via USB. Most people have one and use them for transferring large amounts of data or doing PC backups. Transcend took the typical external hard drive idea and replaced the old mechanical drive with a 2.5" SSD. The result is the ESD200 USB 3.0 external SSD, available in 128GB and 256GB flavors. Transcend sent us a 128GB model to review, so let's check it out!





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