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Transcend SSD230S 512GB SSD Review

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Transcend’s efforts in bringing storage solutions have been nothing but strong, and we’ve seen the company releasing a bevy of its products to the consumers for a multitude of options. And for the gamers looking to step up their machines, Transcend has a couple of offerings in its lineup. What we have at the moment is the company’s SSD230S, a 512GB 3D NAND SSD that can give you enough room for your decent gaming library.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Capacity 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Dimensions 100mm × 69.85mm × 6.8mm (3.94″ x 2.75″ x 0.28″)
Weight (max.) 63g (2.22oz)
Storage Media 3D TLC NAND flash memory
Operating Voltage DC 5V
Operating Temperature 0°C (32°F) to 70°C (158°F)
Certificates CE, FCC, BSMI
Warranty Three-year Limited Warranty (Warranty does not apply when SSD Scope’s wear-out indicator displays 0% within 3 years.)
Note Speed may vary due to host hardware, software, usage, and storage capacity.
Package contents SSD230S


PACKAGING

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Transcend has a signature for packaging its products, and the SSD230S comes in one that follows that very familiar compact white-red-black box. Once you pop open the packaging, you’ll be met with the SSD230S, a couple of paper work for manuals and other promotional items, a plastic spacer, and some screws for mounting the SSD itself. Pretty much the basics are covered, so no worries on this field.

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DESIGN

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The SSD230S is a standard 2.5-inch SSD, pretty much the standard here. One thing you’ll like about it is its metal housing. It feels so solid to the touch, and it reinforces its build quality up a level. There are mounting holes on each side and corners at the back, so that pretty much covers sticking it into your PC.

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PERFORMANCE

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TEST SYSTEM SETUP

Motherboard ECS Z270H4-I
CPU Intel Core i5 6500
GPU ZOTAC GTX 1060 6GB AMP
RAM ADATA 8GB DDR4 2133MHz
Storage 128 GB HyperX Fury SSD + Seagate BarraCuda 4TB + 2TB Western Digital Green HDD + Transcend SSD230S 512GB SSD
PSU Corsair VS450
Case Deepcool Tesseract
OS Windows 10 Pro N
Display BenQ GW2270H


ATTO Disk Benchmark

ATTO Disk Benchmark is an industry leading benchmark that help measure performance of system storage such as hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays, and so forth.

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CONCLUSION

The Transcend SSD230S SSD is right where it should be. It delivers a decent performance as it is intended to, so there really isn’t any problems when it comes to that. Furthermore, it also comes with a proprietary software that lets you do a number of essentials when it comes to storage needs – handy, and first party. Easily said, the Transcend SSD230S is a capable performer for your storage requirements.

Now, at the end of the day, we’re always one for value. The 512GB version sits with price of $200 north. The competition is quite stiff in this category, as we see more aggressive pricing from other manufacturers, which puts the SSD230S at a tight spot.
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