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

TSSDR TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL

SSD Testing at TSSDR differs slightly, depending on whether we are looking at consumer or enterprise SSDs.  For consumer SSDs, our goal is to test in a system that has been optimized with our SSD Optimization Guide. To see the best performance possible the CPU C states have been disabled, C1E support has been disabled, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST) has been disabled. Benchmarks for consumer testing are also benchmarks with a fresh drive so, not only can we verify that manufacturer specifications are in line but also, so the consumer can replicate our tests to confirm that they have an SSD that is top-notch.  We even provide links to most of the benchmarks used in the report.

Sean Webster Z97 Test Bench

This is an updated test bench and, as such, we would love to thank those who jumped in specifically to help the cause.  Key contributors to this build are our friends at ASRock for the motherboard and CPU and be quiet! for the PSU and cooling fans. Also, a big thank you to Thermaltake for the case and Kingston for the RAM. We have detailed all components in the table below and they are all linked should you wish to make a duplicate of our system as so many seem to do, or check out the price of any single component.  As always, we appreciate your support in any purchase through our links!

Transcend MTS800 M.2 128GB TestingFor benchmark testing M.2 drives we connect them directly to the motherboard’s native M.2 slots. For power testing we use an M.2 to SATA adapter to connect a multimeter to measure amperage draw.

SYSTEM COMPONENTS

This Test Bench build was the result of some great relationships and purchase; our appreciation goes to the below mentioned manufacturers for their support in our project. All of the components we use for testing and evaluation can be easily purchased at a relatively affordable price. The links provided below can assist in pricing, as well as availability for those of you who may find interest in our equipment.

PC CHASSIS: Thermaltake Urban T81
MOTHERBOARD: ASRock Z97 Extreme6
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790
CPU COOLER: Cooler Master Hyper T4
POWER SUPPLY: be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 850W
SYSTEM COOLING: be quiet! Silent Wings 2
GRAPHICS CARD: MSI GTX 660 Ti PE OC
MEMORY: Kingston HyperX Beast 2400Mhz

BENCHMARK SOFTWARE

The software we will be using for today’s analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consists of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal Disk Info, Crystal Disk Mark, AS SSD, Anvil’s Storage Utilities, and PCMark Vantage. We prefer to test with easily accessible software that the consumer can obtain, and in many cases, we even provide links. Our selection of software allows each to build on the last and to provide validation to results already obtained.

CRYSTAL DISK INFO VER. 6.1.14

Crystal Disk Info is a great tool for displaying the characteristics and health of storage devices. It displays everything from temperatures, to the number of hours the device has been powered, and even to the extent of informing you of the firmware of the device.

Transcend MTS800 128GB Crystal Disk Info

Crystal Disk Info shows us many of the features of this drive such as DevSleep support, NCQ, and TRIM. It also features a temperature sensor on top of many vender specific attributes.

ATTO DISK BENCHMARK VER. 2.47

ATTO Disk Benchmark is perhaps one of the oldest benchmarks going and is definitely the main staple for manufacturer performance specifications. ATTO uses RAW or compressible data and, for our benchmarks, we use a set length of 256mb and test both the read and write performance of various transfer sizes ranging from 0.5 to 8192kb. Manufacturers prefer this method of testing as it deals with raw (compressible) data rather than random (includes incompressible data) which, although more realistic, results in lower performance results.

Transcend MTS800 128GB ATTO

So far, things are looking good. ATTO shows the 128GB MTS800 is able to reach 559MB/s read and 155MB/s write speeds.

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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
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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
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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.

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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… Read more »

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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..

Les@TheSSDReview
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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
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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
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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
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jP

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

N-saga
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N-saga

Is this Support MSI GS 60 Ghost?

amirul baharuddin
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amirul baharuddin

may i know if this ssd support MSI GL62 6QE laptop as in spec sheet, it have pci-e gen3 m.2 slot