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Transcend SSD720 256GB SSD Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specifications
  3. Internal Impressions
  4. Addressing the older Controller rev and Lack of updated firmware Issue
  5. TRIM and Endurance Testing
  6. Test Bench and Methodology
  7. AS SSD Benchmark
  8. ATTO Benchmark
  9. AIDA64 Average Access Benchmark
  10. Boot Load Test
  11. CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark
  12. HDTune Pro Benchmark
  13. PCMark HDD Benchmarks
  14. Anvil SSD Benchmark
  15. Conclusion
  16. View All

Its difficult to recommend this drive, considering Transcend is not providing the newer rev controller and the newer firmware. If you disregard that point, Samsung 840 is doing very well on almost all benchmarks, leaving aside the synthetic benchmarks with compressed data writes.

It also should be noted that keeping the 7mm in mind, Transcend needs to use lighter casing as well.

If you can’t beat someone when it comes to performance, at the very least match support. It’s not the case over here. 560MB/s Read and 540MB/s Write claims are exaggerated if you’re considering ANY benchmarks in any conditions with any data type- compressible or incompressible.

Remember the 5.0.2 TRIM driver issue? Kingston and Corsair was the first to release the updated drives which fixed the issue. The point is when LSI provided the firmware fix for the controls, it should be the manufacturer to make it available as soon as possible.

India U.S. U.K.
$259.98 £442.24

The drive comes with 3 years warranty period. Looking at the retail price of $227.37, Samsung 840 256GB makes a lot more sense. Need higher writes, and you can spend for it? 840 Pro.

The last LSI SandForce SF-2281 powered SSD drive that I tested was ADATA XPG SX900 SSD, and there was nothing out of the ordinary to point out. At the end of the day, it was just another Sandforce drive. But to give some life in the oldest and most used controller, LSI brought in the VB2 rev which is said to have more efficient power consumption feature provided its used with the newer firmware. Then came Samsung 840 series where even the non-pro version practically overshadowed the Sandforce drives easily. I wanted to see where the newer SanDisk Extreme series…

Review Overview

Performance - 5
Endurance - 6
Storage Space - 7
Overall Value - 4


BBQ Score

Summary : Just another drive with the older rev of LSI SandForce 2281 controller with no up-to-date firmware support unlike its counterparts with exaggerated Read/Write Claims. A very heavy 7mm thick drive.

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