Lit­tle SSD, big stor­age

Tran­scend MTE850 M.2 2280 SSD

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - By Nickey Ross

M.2 solid-state drives have changed the way how we store our data. These SSDs in­tro­duced form fac­tors that can go be­low 2.5-inches, en­abling them to pack im­mense stor­age ca­pac­i­ties within their gum stick-shaped bod­ies.

The Tran­scend MTE850 is a cute lit­tle M.2 2280 SSD that can house up to 256GB of data. It ad­heres to the lat­est NVMe 1.2 stan­dard, fea­tur­ing 3D MLC NAND flash mem­ory and PCIe Gen3 x4 sup­port – a first for a Tran­scend SSD prod­uct.

The MTE850 is de­signed for ap­pli­ca­tions like video edit­ing, au­dio pro­duc­tion, and gam­ing, which in­volve heavy data lift­ing and pro­cess­ing by de­fault. In terms of num­bers, the drive is rated at 2,500MB/s read and 1,100MB/s write, re­spec­tively. As a bonus, it also comes with Tran­scend’s SSD Scope soft­ware, which is avail­able as a sep­a­rate, free down­load. With it, you can keep tabs on the MTE850’s health, up­date its firmware, and ac­ti­vate TRIM com­mand for op­ti­mal write speeds.

For our file trans­fer test, we moved an 80GB file from our test PC to the MTE850, which took a brisk eight min­utes and eight sec­onds to com­plete. The trans­fer speed was mostly sta­ble at around 170MB/s, with al­most no fluc­tu­a­tions. As per pro­to­col, we turned to our bench­marks, Crys­talDiskMark and PCMark 8, to help gauge the MTE850's per­for­mance. The drive scored an im­pres­sive score of 5,035 in PCMark 8's Stor­age suite, with a stor­age band­width of 385.70MB/s.

With Crys­talDiskMark, we sub­jected the drive to five and nine cy­cles to at­tain read and write speeds us­ing ca­pac­i­ties of 1GB, 4GB, and 32GB. The read and write per­for­mance started off strong. How­ever, as we re­peated the test with higher ca­pac­i­ties, we no­ticed a de­cline in the se­quen­tial read and write speeds, going from over 2,000MB/s to a lit­tle over 1,000MB/s, which is un­der­stand­able.

All in all, the Tran­scend MTE850 M.2 2280 SSD will cer­tainly serve your stor­age needs well. It is a for­mi­da­ble lit­tle SSD that will al­low your PC to ac­com­mo­date heavy stor­age-re­lated tasks with ease.

The ssD achieved a whop­ping score of 5,035 in pCMark 8.

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