The shortage of NAND-flash SSD storage systems has led to serious consequences in the tech market. The rise of the new 3D NAND has made computer manufacturers clamor for this new technology, considering its surprising improvements from the former types. With a total of $5.2 billion market return in 2015, companies saw that it is not only effective, but also profitable.

 

3D NAND technology works wonders. Using a manufacturing technique that places NAND chips vertically, 3D NAND lets more information be saved without selling away its performance. Former storage models have manufacturing limitations that don’t allow this (for example, earlier SSD models save in a single compact chip, and HDD technology requires a circular disk). This comes at a cost – manufacturing the effective 3D NAND technology is expensive to create.

 

The Transcend® SSD230S adopts the 3D NAND storage technology, but differs in the fact that it is manufactured efficiently. This makes it cheaper without sacrificing effectiveness. It is an efficient option, and even if the user has a greater budget, it can still be a good choice because of its performance.

 

 

Physical Characteristics
The SSD230S seems just like any other simple storage device despite its performance. It uses the 2.5” standard for storage drives, and would need a motherboard that accommodates such a size. The review item that we obtained has a grey finish and has the well-known insignia of Transcend®. It is very light, as with any standard SSD of its size.

 

Performance Benchmark

 

 

During our benchmark, the SSD230S gave unexpected results. Its predecessor, the SSD230, ran at an advertised maximum read/write speed of 340Mbps. Our new SSD230S shelled out close to 600Mbps in read speed, with a write speed of only a few megabytes short of 500Mbps.

 

Not only does the new 3D NAND technology make it better, but the SSD230S is better than even its sister device.

 

 

Features
The Transcend® SSD230S comes with its own set of technologies to complement its already powerful architecture.

 

It comes with an improved SSD RAID engine and LDPC (Low-Density Parity Check). These technologies keep data from becoming redundant or broken, and thus improving consistency among files should errors happen. This is useful when interruptions in processes come (such as crashes, and power failure).

 

It also comes with DevSleep, which makes the SATA connection “sleep” when unused. This improves device MTBF, not only for the SSD230S but also for the motherboard in which it is placed upon.

 

Transcend® also added new post-boot software into the mix: SSD Scope allows a user to check storage information, health, temperatures, and performance straight from the desktop. It is available via download from the Transcend® website.

 

Testbed Details
The motherboard we used was a Gigabyte™ Z170MX Gaming 5, armed with a 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor.

 

Verdict:

 
For its leap in performance from its predecessor, its new technology, and its diverse suite of features, we give the Transcend® SSD230S 5 Stars. It is well-deserved because it was obviously given much thought and was well-prepared before being sold to the market.

 


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