Transcend SSD370s 256GB SSD Review: Page 4 of 5

Posted by Charles Gantt on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 8:00am

 

Testing

 

To thoroughly test the SSD370S 256GB from Transcend, I will be running a series of benchmarks using several of the leading storage benchmarking programs. The SSD will be connected to SATA Port 4 on my motherboard. 

Testing Hardware

All SSD benchmarks were ran on my main system at my office which features the following hardware. 

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte G1 Sniper 5 
  • Processor: Intel i7 4790k at stock clock speeds
  • RAM: 16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum at stock clock speeds
  • GPU: MSI Geforce GTX 970
  • OS SSD: SanDisk Extreme II 480GB
  • PSU: BeQuiet DarkPower Pro 1000W
  • Case: Corsair Obsidian 800D
  • SATA Port Used: #4

Performance Test

The first test will be series of benchmarks to the drive using Crystal Disk Mark which will measure sequential and random read / write speeds. Crystal Disk Mark takes eight measurements: the read and write speeds in megabytes per second (MBps) for sequential, 512KB, random 4KB and 4KB parallel disk operations.

This test was ran using six 32GiB samples. The drive proved to performed very well for a lower cost SSD, and was very close to Transcend’s claim of 300MB/s, 300MB/s Sequential read / write claims. So far I am very impressed with this SSD! 

 

The second set of tests will be series of 512B to 64MB reads and writes to the drive using ATTO Disk Benchmark. This program is one of the leading storage benchmarking utilities in the industry, and is even used to quality test by some of the top manufacturers in the industry. ATTO Disk Benchmark will measure the SSD270s’ performance with various transfer sizes and test lengths for reads and writes. 

The results were inline with the numbers we saw in earlier testing, with the write performance hovering in the 300 MB/s range, and read performance breaking 550 MB/s. 

Up next is a similar test using the AS SSD benchmarking program. The test was ran using 1GB samples this time around, and performance did suffer slightly from the large file sizes. Read performance was about 50 MB/s slower than we have previously seen, and write performance was close to 10 MB/s slower. 

 

Up next, I benchmarked the drive using Anvil Storage Utilities, an older, but still relevant performance measurement tool for traditional hard drives and solid state drives. This tool can monitor and test read and write speeds on hard drives while also providing information from the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) that provides basic information about the disk and its parameters. This includes partitions and volumes. Performance metrics are collected by random read and writes, I/O operations and integrity tests.

This time performance numbers were again a little lower on random write test, with the drive achieving an average transfer speed of 292 MB/s. The write performance was back up in the 500 MB/s range though. Maximum read IOPS (Input Output Operations per Second) hovered close to 120, while the write IOPS did not manage to break 100 at just 73 IOPS. 

 

Finally I tested the drive using the storage test in PCMARK 8. Unlike other benchmarking programs, PCMARK 8 benchmarks storage drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games. You can test the system drive or any other recognised storage device, including local external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices.

The SSD370S posted a score of 196.84 MB/s on storage bandwidth, which is a little slower than some other drives I have seen recently at the same pricing point, but a Storage 2.0 score of 4905 is nothing to sneeze at. This drive is still way faster than many SSDs on the market, and definitly faster than older SSDs, and mechanical HDDs. 

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