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Transcend MTS800 M.2 2280 SATA SSD Review (128GB)

We have been seeing more M.2 SSDs lately, a lot of which are companies’ first steps into the market since the form factor is so new. They have been designed to meet strict size requirements and allow for greater flexibility in product development. They are the perfect fit for mobile devices with their compact size and light weight.

Transcend was founded in 1988, today they are a leading global brand for digital storage with over 2,000 products. From memory modules to SSDs, they market and sell them all. Their commitment to quality control has been one of the main factors for their success. They were the first memory module manufacturer in Taiwan receive ISO 9001, ISO 14001, QC080000, and ISO/TS 16949 certifications.  Every product is tested before is goes off to market to ensure customer satisfaction.

Transcend MTS800 M.2 128GB Angled

Transcend just recently released their SSD370 SSDs in the 2.5″ 7mm form factor. Now, they have released their latest MTS series of M.2 SSDs with the same TS6500 SATA 6Gb/s controller. They offer a plethora of M.2 form factors and capacities for consumers to choose from. They boast quite a load of features and with smaller capacities of 32GB and 64GB, include Intel Smart Response Technology support. Today on the test bench is their MTS800 in 128GB capacity.

TRANSCEND MTS800 SPECIFICATIONS, PRICING, AND AVAILABILITY

The MTS800 has quite a few features. To start, it has AES full drive encryption. The controller has an internal power shield circuit to protect data in the SSD during a sudden power outage. The SSD also has an optional hardware trigger for quick data erase and write protect. These can be enabled by connecting a switch designated pins.

It also features a few typical, yet important flash memory management features such global wear leveling, which ensures all blocks have an equal erase count. For its ECC algorithm, the controller uses BCH 40 Bit ECC per 1024 bytes to allow for greater endurance. Their bad block management prevents usage of bad blocks to prevent data loss in the future. And their advanced garbage collection allows for stable performance over long periods of time.

Finally, they have implemented a feature that is quite clever, they call it StaticDataRefresh Technology. As time goes by, the error bits in the NAND increase and sometimes exceed the ECC engine’s capabilities. This can cause data corruption. Transcend’s StaticDataRefresh Technology automatically restores the charge levels in the NAND cells as the number of bit errors accumulate. This restores the data to a like new error free state.

With all these management features working together, the endurance for the Transcend MTS800 SSDs are rated from 45TB total bytes written for the 32GB model up to 550TB for the 512GB model.

MTS800 Performance

Sequential read speeds are rated for up to 570MB/s and writes of up to 450MB/s. IOPS wise, random 4K read speeds are rated up to 75,000 IOPS and random 4K write speeds up to 75,000 IOPS. Transcend is offering the MTS800 series of SSDs in capacities and price points of 32GB ($39.00), 64GB ($59.00), 128GB ($99.00), 256GB ($169.00) and 512GB ($319.00).

As for power consumption, maximum read consumption is rated for up to 3W and maximum write is rated for up to 1.75W. Idle power consumption is rated for 0.314W. And since the M.2 form factor is typically implemented in and aimed towards ultra-thin and light weight devices, the MTS800 drives also support DevSleep. For those who don’t know, DevSleep allows for these drives to reach an ultra-low power state in which they consume only a few milliwatts of power and give devices longer sleep times.

And all drives in the MTS series are covered by Transcend with a 3 year warranty.

Transcend SSD Scope

And with the drive you can download their SSD Scope software, it is Transcend’s SSD toolbox. It allows for health monitoring, manual TRIM, secure erase, benchmarking, virus scanning, firmware updates, and system cloning.

PACKAGING AND COMPONENTS

Moving on, our review sample did not come in any retail packaging, simply an antistatic bag.

Transcend MTS800 M.2 128GB Packaging

After a quick glance around, we can see that the MTS800 has a single Transcend TS6500 controller, four packages of Micron NAND, and a single Samsung DRAM chip. Furthermore, the drive has M and B-key connectors.

Transcend MTS800 M.2 128GB Front Transcend MTS800 M.2 128GB Back

The controller is marked as a Transcend TS6500 controller, however, as revealed in our Transcend SSD370 report, it is a re-branded Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller. It is a four channel SATA 6Gb/s controller that has been popping up a lot in SSDs we have reviewed so far this year due to the industry’s drive towards value.

Transcend MTS800 M.2 128GB Controller

The NAND packages are Micron L85A 20nm MLC NAND. By using the Micron FBGA Decoder, we can identify the NAND product number for this drive as being MT29F256G08CECABH6-6:A. Each package is 32GB in capacity for a total RAW capacity of 128GB, as there are two modules on each side of the PCB.  When formatted, the total capacity available to the user is reduced to 119GB. The Samsung DRAM is DDR3-1333 and 128MB in capacity.

Transcend MTS800 M.2 128GB NAND

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Sebastian

    Hi Sean.
    New Samsung 850 Pro provides only 150 TB endurance for 1 TB drive.
    And Samsung claims that 3D MLC V-NAND chips have a better endurance than current NAND chips.
    But Micron 20 NM Synchronous NAND provides 550 TB for 512 GB drive.
    That means 1 TB Micron 20 NM synchronous provides 1.1 PB endurance. 7 times more endurance than Samsung’s 3D V-NAND technology.
    What will you say about this?
    Is 850 Pro only a Marketing Hoax?
    Or Does Micron tell lie about the endurance of its 20 NM MLC chips?
    Or endurance is related to ONLY! softwares (TRIM, Garbage Collection, ECC…)?
    I am confused.

    • lorki

      samsung doesn’t want their 850pro to be used in enterprise, so it will only warrant the product if less than 150tb is written.

      • Sebastian

        This is not the answer. I do not ask the usage of the drive enterprise or consumer. My question is endurance of the NAND. Transcend MTS800 M.2 2280 is NOT an enterprise grade drive. It is for the consumers. But provides 7 times more endurance than 3D-V NAND.

      • GhostMad

        You’ve probably already figured this out, but Samsung is intentionally underestimating the endurance of their 850 Pro. They’re basically saying, “Hey, the 850 Pro may last longer, but we will not cover warranties on that drive if you go past our semi-arbitrary limit.”

        Chances are that the 850 Pro is more durable than the Transcend by a lot. The older, less durable 840 Pro (256GB) survived over 2PB of Writes in Tech Report’s (in)famous SSD Endurance Experiment. I forgot the Endurance Rating for the 840 Pro, but I assume it wasn’t any more than the 850 Pro, let lone 2PB of Writes.

        Samsung’s Endurance Ratings, and most other SSD companies’, only exist to tell consumers how many writes they are willing to accept when considering warranties. This also serves the dual purpose of directing people who’re planning on using SSDs for heavier workloads to go for the more expensive enterprise class drives. These enterprise drives will be typically covered by a more agreeable warranty and optimized for heavier workloads.

        Again, Samsung’s provided Endurance Ratings does not actually tell their various drives true endurance. Most of their newer SSDs (830 and newer) will be able to handle writes far in excess of their Endurance Ratings; this is something true for all the decent SSD manufacturers. The Endurance Ratings only exist to serve warranty purposes, product diversification, and indication for minimum write endurance.

        The (true) Write Endurance for a SSD will be determined by a number of factors including amount of NAND, NAND quality, NAND type (MLC, TLC, etc . . .), node size of NAND, and et cetera.

        Here’re some links for you:

        http://anandtech.com/show/6459/samsung-ssd-840-testing-the-endurance-of-tlc-nand
        http://anandtech.com/show/8239/update-on-samsung-850-pro-endurance-vnand-die-size
        http://techreport.com/review/24841/introducing-the-ssd-endurance-experiment
        http://techreport.com/review/27436/the-ssd-endurance-experiment-two-freaking-petabytes

        If you have trouble understanding anything in those links, try these:

        http://www.anandtech.com/show/2738
        http://anandtech.com/show/5067/understanding-tlc-nand

  • Juan

    I recently bought an ASUS Z97-AR and a Transcend MTS800 128GB like this one. I setuped this m.2 drive into its socket, enabled it at bios, and somehow it doesnt get recognized. I read in some place that this sata m2 ssd isnt compatible with ASUS z97-ar.
    Is that true? In case I bought the wrong m2 drive, is there any adapter around (like ebay) to buy and solve this problem?
    Thank you guys..

    • This wouldnt be the first time we have heard that such and such is not compatible with ASUS…where storage goes. Unfortunately, we haven’t got that ASUS board in hand for testing to validate or negate your experience; sorry.

    • Victor Cedeno

      did you ever fix that problem? i’m about to order the same drive and i have the same mother board Asus 97z ar.

      thanks

    • al_goholic

      Not sure if you ever figured this out, but those two aren’t compatible. SSD’s can either use SATA or PCIe, MTS800 uses SATA and Z97-AR uses PCIe on the M.2 slot. As far as adapters go I have no idea.

  • jP

    Can you explain whats with the endurance thing? does this mean it allows to store data upto 550tb for 512gb ssd?

  • N-saga

    Is this Support MSI GS 60 Ghost?

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