Little SSD, big storage
Transcend MTE850 M.2 2280 SSD
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.