Sil­ver speed­ster

Tran­scend SSD230S (256GB)

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - By Peter Chu

It’s safe to say that when it comes to build­ing a gam­ing rig, the av­er­age folks tend to dis­re­gard the im­por­tance of hav­ing a solid-state drive in­cluded in the equa­tion. You might think that it makes per­fect sense, since hav­ing ter­abytes worth of solid­state stor­age isn’t ex­actly go­ing to im­prove the vis­ual qual­ity or frame rates of DOOM or Tom Clancy's Ghost Re­con: Wild­lands.

With that said, a solid­state drive, such as the Tran­scend SSD230S, would most cer­tainly help your fa­vorite games – and ef­fec­tively your en­tire sys­tem – load up that much faster.

The SSD230S is a 2.5-inch SATA III SSD that uses 3D TLC NAND flash mem­ory which, com­pared to 2D NAND mem­ory, is able to con­tain higher stor­age ca­pac­i­ties within the same amount of phys­i­cal space, thanks to the ver­ti­cally-stacked struc­ture of the mem­ory cells.

Also, the fact that its mem­ory cells are stacked ver­ti­cally means that it will be able to pro­vide higher read/write speeds, in­creased re­li­a­bil­ity, lower power con­sump­tion, and bet­ter per­for­mance than its 2D NAND coun­ter­parts.

Ac­cord­ing to Tran­scend, the 256GB vari­ant of the SSD230S is ca­pa­ble of achiev­ing se­quen­tial read/write speeds of 560MB/s and 520MB/s, re­spec­tively. To find out whether this is in­deed the case, we fired up Crys­talDiskMark, and ran five test runs for both the 1GB and 4GB test sizes.

The re­sults? The SSD230S man­aged to ob­tain a se­quen­tial read/write speed of 533.3MB/s and 495.5MB/s for the 1GB test size, and a se­quen­tial read/write speed of 546.2MB/s and 495.3MB/s for the 4GB test size – pretty darn close to the of­fi­cial num­bers from Tran­scend.

To gauge the real-world per­for­mance of the SSD230S, we timed how long it took to com­plete a file trans­fer – specif­i­cally one that in­volved trans­fer­ring the en­tire 67GB Steam in­stal­la­tion folder of DOOM, which con­tained 428 files stashed within 71 fold­ers.

The file trans­fer process took no more than two min­utes and 17 sec­onds to com­plete. Crunch the num­bers, and you’ll end up with an av­er­age trans­fer speed of about 489MB/s. We should prob­a­bly point out that the file was trans­ferred from the

CoN­CLu­sioN The Tran­scend SSD230S of­fers a per­for­mance boost that is worth ev­ery Ring­git spent.

light­ning-fast Plex­tor M8Pe PCIe SSD to en­sure that there weren’t any bot­tle­necks, hence your mileage may vary de­pend­ing on the com­po­nents of your sys­tem.

The ac­tual read/write speeds of the SSD230S is al­most ex­actly as ad­ver­tised.

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