Transcend MTS800 M.2 2280 128GB SATA SSD Review


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M.2 SSD is the he latest NGFF storage solution. It provides outstanding performance and proven reliability for product operation. Today we’re reviewing the Transcend MTS800, which uses newer M.2 technology – a storage solution that screws directly into my ROG CROSSHAIR VI HERO motherboard directly.

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On package it shows the main features
•MLC NAND flash
•Small and lightweight M.2 for factor
•SATA 5Gb/s connection interface
•Silent operation and shock resistant
•Supports DEVSLP mode for power saving

Specifications:
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Transcend’s lineup of MTS800 M.2 SSDs is offered ranging from 32GB to 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. The drive that we received contains a total storage capacity of 128GB. Running on the SATA3 6Gb/s interface in a M.2 form factor, the drive is specified to operate at sequential speeds of up to 500MB/s in read and 450 MB/s in write. In terms of 4k random performance, it can deliver up to 75,000 IOPS in both read and write speeds.

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The Transcend MTS800 is neither fancy matte Black PCB, nor a heat sink – just a sticker with a barcode, model name, and the serial number of the SSD. On this side you could see the Transcend TS6500 controller with 2 of the 4 Micron branded 20nm NAND chips.

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Installation is easy. You just open the screw, insert the SSD in the M.2 slot on the motherboard, press it to match the screw hold and then screw it.

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Performance Test
CrystalDiskInfo is a HDD/SSD health monitoring utility. It displays basic HDD (also SSD and USB-HDD) information, monitors S.M.A.R.T. values and disk temperature. It will also display the S.M.A.R.T data as a list so you can see the specific issue that a hard drive may have.

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CrystalDiskMark Benchmark
Crystal Disk Mark is a standard storage benchmarking software and is widely used through the industry. Test size is set to 100 MB and 1GB. Results from the Sequential and 4K Queue Depth 32 benchmarks will be taken for both Read and Write.

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The Transcend MTS800 is a M.2 SSD featuring great performance across the board. CrystalDiskMark recorded as read speed of 561 MB/s. This is almost spot-on the specification. CrystalDiskMark also recorded as write speed of 205 MB/s. This is also almost spot-on the specification, but quite a bit lower than some of the other drives available in this price range. M.2 SSDs are a convenient thing, and Transcend’s MTS800 here is a perfectly fine example that performs as rated and is priced competitively. If you need something compact or something that won’t clutter up your setup then this M.2 from Transcend is highly recommended.