Transcend 830S M.2 SSD, Even faster speed & high IOPS (Review)

Author’s Note: The original review can be found at my blog - Transcend 830S Review @ JayceOoi.com.

Introduction
Incredible read and write speeds of up to 560MB/s and 500MB/s. 1.5 times faster boot time than conventional hard drives. 4k random file read and write speeds up to 85,000 IOPS. High-quality flash chips, DDR3 DRAM cache, and enhanced firmware algorithms. 3D NAND flash with greater level of performance and endurance. Yes, these are all part of 512GB Transcend 830S M.2 SSD features. Great performance? Read this review to find out…

Special Thanks
This review is possible thanks to below companies. Be sure to check them out too…

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Package Content & Design
Transcend 830S M.2 SSD comes with a much simpler packaging this round. Well protected as usual. No user manual but all the info is located at the package. Comes in 4 capacities to choose - 128GB - TS128GMTS830S, 256GB - TS256GMTS830S, 512GB - TS512GMTS830S and 1TB - TS1TMTS830S. Read/write performance is different between capacity. Do take note…

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Build quality is great. Back with 5 years warranty this round. Extra 2 years when compared to 820S. Again, its ultra compact dimensions are perfect for Ultrabooks and thin, light notebooks. And virtually does not add any weight to your laptop with just 9g. Of course, it is usable on desktop PC as well.

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Software
Transcend SSD Scope software is there for you and me as always. Yes, it is an advanced and user-friendly software that makes it easier than ever to maintain a healthy and efficient SSD. SSD Scope brings together the latest technology in determining the condition and optimizing performance of an SSD. The useful features include: View Drive Information, View S.M.A.R.T. Status, Diagnostic Scan, Secure Erase, Firmware Update, TRIM Enable, Health Indicator and System Clone.

Performance Result
Transcend 830S M.2 SSD is potent and feature-laden. It is loaded with features like Error Correcting Code (ECC) - detects and corrects transfer errors to prevent data corruption, garbage collection - relocates existing data to release memory blocks, wear-leveling - distributes data evenly across memory cells to prolong SSD’s lifespan, DevSleep - intelligently shuts down SATA interface when not in use to prolong device’s battery life and DDR3 DRAM cache - stores a temporary copy of the most active data to shorten access times. In short, it is better and faster than the previous version - 820S. Do refer to below synthetic benchmark results for details…

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Transcend 830S performs slightly better to its specs with sequential Q32T1 test with 564 MB/s read and 524 MB/s write on CrystalDiskMark. That’s great!

ATTO Disk Benchmark is getting about the same result for both read and write tests like CrystalDiskMark. No surprise here.

AS SSD Benchmark has slower reading speed compare to previous benchmarks which is expected. There are access time and iops results for your reference. FYI, 830S has double performance on certain IOPS tests especially in reading department. Great improvement no doubt.

Anvil’s Storage Utilities proves the improvements as well.

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Yes, Transcend 830S is loaded with fast controller and more than enough SSD caching write buffer. Therefore, you can enjoy constant and ultra fast writing speed throughout the whole file transferring process. Note – 65GB file is being used here.

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PCMark 8 storage bandwidth test shows that Transcend 830S is almost 25X faster than 7200RPM hard drive. FYI, my 3TB HDD scores 11.20MB/s only while this M.2 SSD is getting 269 MB/s here. In addition, HDD takes around 3 hours+ to finish PCMark 8 test. And MTS830S takes around 1 hour+ only. Rest assures that Windows boot up, applications and games loading are much faster then.

Advantages

  • Up to 564MB/s read & 526MB/s write

  • High IOPS

  • Shock & vibration-resistant

  • Excellent build quality

  • 5 years warranty

  • Value in price

Limitations

  • None from me

Conclusion
Wait no more and get yourself a Transcend 830S M.2 SSD. It’s a perfect companion for your laptop and desktop PC. Enjoy faster Windows boot up, applications loading and a lot more. Do visit Transcend Website for more information.

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