Transcend Announces MTS Series of M.2 SSDs — Up To 512GB Capacity

Transcend Information, Inc., a leading producer of multimedia and storage devices, is announcing the launch of its latest MTS M.2 series of solid state drives (SSDs).  Designed to overcome the ever-stricter and ever-thinner size limitations of today’s portable computing devices, the MTS M.2 series of SSDs feature a SATAIII (6GB/s) interface, and are available in capacities of up to 512GB (MTS600 and MTS800), giving users an excellent option for a high performance storage upgrade for such devices.

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Transcend’s MTS series of M.2 SSDs are being offered in three M.2 form factors — the MTS400, which is a M.2-2242 drive measuring 42mm x 22mm x 3.5mm; the MTS600, which is a M.2-2260 drive measuring 60mm x 22mm x 3.5mm; and the MTS800, which is a M.2-2280 drive measuring 80mm x 22mm x 3.5mm.  All three form factors of the MTS series utilize high-quality MLC NAND chips paired with Transcend’s own TS6500 controller and firmware, and include a DDR3 DRAM cache.

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The MTS400 M.2 SSD is offered in capacity points of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.  Sequential read speeds are stated as a maximum of 560MB/s, with maximum sequential write speeds of 160MB/s. Random 4K read speeds are stated as (up to) 75,000 IOPS, with random 4K writes speeds of (up to) 40,000 IOPS.

MTS600PACKAGE-MTS600

The MTS600 M.2 SSD is offered in capacity points of 32GB, 64Gb, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB.  Sequential read speeds are stated as a maximum of 560MB/s, with maximum sequential writes of 310MB/s.  Random 4K read speeds are stated as (up to) 75,000 IOPS, with random 4K write speeds also of  (up to) 75,000 IOPS.

MTS800PACKAGE-MTS800

The MTS800 M.2 SSD is offered in capacity points of 32GB, 64Gb, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB.  Sequential read speeds are stated as a maximum of 560MB/s, with maximum sequential writes of 310MB/s.  Random 4K read speeds are stated as (up to) 75,000 IOPS, with random 4K write speeds also of  (up to) 75,000 IOPS.

Transcend MTS M-2 specs chart

All three MTS versions include support for SATA Device Sleep Mode (DevSleep) for reduced power consumption and extended battery life, and also support Intel’s ISRT feature to utilize an SSD as cache memory in conjunction with another HDD or SSD.  The MTS series also includes support for TRIM commands, NCQ, S.M.A.R.T. attributes for drive health monitoring, built in ECC (Error Correction Code), wear-leveling and intelligent block management to prolong drive life.

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Transcend has all three form factors of the MTS series priced identically by capacity.  The 32GB drives have an MSRP of $39.00, 64GB drives are at an MSRP of $59.00, the 128GB capacity drives at an MSRP of $99.00, and the 256GB drives at an MSRP of $169.00.  The 512GB versions (MTS600 and MTS800 only) are priced at an MSRP of $319.00, which equates to 62 cents/GB.  The entire MTS M.2 series is backed by Transcend’s three-year limited warranty.

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You can visit Transcend’s product page for the MTS M.2 series of SSDs at their website here; and the Transcend press release announcing the MTS M.2 series of SSDs can be viewed in its entirety here.

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Is this actually their own inhouse controller or is it based on somthing else ?

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I suspect TS6500 might be based on Silicon Motion SM2246EN. Evidence can be found in MacRumors discussion “Transcend Debuts JetDrive SSD Upgrade Kits Up to 960GB for MacBook Air, Retina Macbook Pro”. http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1729071

TranscendInfo referred to this photograph of a developer sample, not released product, and it shows a SMI controller.comment image

Les@TheSSDReview
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Nice pickup! You should be working for us. Similarly, the performance is very similar.

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Benjamin Hojnik

Nice find !
I figured as much, it has to be someting similar to SMI (since their 2.5″ drives are using it) this pretty much confirms it 🙂

Doing an inhouse controller takes a lot of time and lots of experience, which is kinda counter productive, since good solutions are already on the market.

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This is a MSA370 pic from the Transcend site. Silicon Motion logo on the Controller.
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Les, any thoughts on the performance and reliability of these ssds? I couldn’t find a review for any of these models online and I have no experience with Transcend outside of sd cards. I’m wanting to put 2 of the 512gb 2260 modules in my UX301 in raid 0. Thanks.

Les@TheSSDReview
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We are waiting to get a review out on these…. sorry not yet though.

FeelingLucky
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was there a review done on these guys? im looking for a 43mm m.2 SSD, 256GB at least for my Dell E7450, and this one seems to be my only choice.

Richard Eng
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Richard Eng

Just received a MTS400 256GB and replaced the Samsung 840 Pro that was in my Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga. So far seeing similar startup times. Can’t speak to any benchmark speed differences, but was effortless making the transition.

Les@TheSSDReview
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It is rare to see any start time differences with SSD comparisons. Please do a test of that drive and let us know how performance is.

FeelingLucky
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Hi, love the site, do you have any reviews on the MTS400? i just got one and im curious how it fares.

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