Transcend MTS800 M.2 2280 128GB SATA SSD Review

Posted by Heath Coop on Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 8:00am

Transcend MTS800 128GB M.2 SSD

Introduction

Recently, M.2 SSD’s have been released to the market. M.2 is designed to replace the order mSATA standard and offer higher speeds. The drives are available in two versions, SATA and PCIe. SATA drives offer comparable speeds to common 2.5 inch SSD’s, while PCIe drives can offer speeds up to 10 Gb/s. The Transcend MTS800 M.2 2280 128GB SATA SSD we will be looking at today is a SATA version. It promises speeds that rival almost any other SSD on the market, but in a form faster much smaller.

Transcend Information. Inc. was founded in 1988 by Mr. Chung-Won Shu, Peter, with its headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan. Today, Transcend has become a leading global brand of digital storage, multimedia and industrial products with 14 offices worldwide. Not only do they design, develop, and manufacture all of their products, but they also market and sell them. They are a customer-focused company that has proven to have the ability to quickly respond to the market's changing needs.

Transcends's take on the MTS800 M.2 2280 128GB SATA SSD

SATA III 6Gb/s MTS800 M.2 SSD

Transcend's MTS800 M.2 SSD's next generation SATA III 6Gb/s interface and ultra compact dimensions make it best suited to address the high performance needs and strict size limitations of small form factor devices. This means it is perfect for use in today's modern Ultrabooks and thin and light notebooks. With the latest SATA III 6Gb/s specification, powerful controller, and exceptional transfer speeds of up to 570MB/s read and 460MB/s write, the M.2 SSD easily handles everyday computing tasks as well as demanding multimedia applications.

Key Features

  • Space-savingM.2 form factor (80mm) – ideal for mobile computing devices
  • Supports Power Shield to prevent data loss during a sudden power outage
  • Supports DevSleep mode, which allows devices to completely shut down the SATA interface and conserve battery life unlike existing partial/slumber states
  • DDR3 DRAM cache
  • Supports S.M.A.R.T., TRIM and NCQ command
  • RoHS compliant

Intel Smart Response Technology

Transcend's SATA III 6Gb/s MTS800 M.2 SSD supports Intel® Smart Response Technology (ISRT), which allows you to configure your computer system with an SSD used as cache memory between the hard disk drive and system memory. This provides the advantage of having a hard disk drive for maximum storage capacity while delivering an SSD-like overall system performance experience.

ISRT works by monitoring which programs and files you access most frequently and stores them on the SSD. As a result, application launch speed and overall system responsiveness are significantly improved, while the large capacity of the hard drive is free to store all your other programs and files. In this configuration, only one drive letter is displayed; no additional drive letter is required for the SSD used as cache. Specifications are up next.

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