The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:
- Windows Defender In Use
- Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
- Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
- Starting the Vista Operating System
- Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
- Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as Xbox
- Cataloging a music library
- Starting applications
PCMARK VANTAGE RESULTS
The Transcend MTS800 M.2 2280 128GB SSD achieved a Total Score of 80,051 points. The highest transfer speed of 457.07MB/s was recorded during the “importing pictures to Windows Photo Gallery” benchmark. The lowest of 265.61MB/s was recorded during the “application loading” benchmark, which isn’t surprising when you compare this result to the AS SSD copy benchmarks from earlier.
For our power consumption testing, we have the drive connected to the system as a secondary drive. In order to get a power reading from this M.2 form factor drive, we have connected to an M.2 to SATA adapter as well. To record the wattage, we use an Amprobe AM-270 multimeter connected in line with the 5v power on our SATA power cable to the drive. The multimeter records the min/max amperage draw from the drive over our testing period. We also record the drive’s sequential and random read and write power draw using Anvil Storage Utilities. We then take the values recorded and calculate the wattage of the drive. Some of the results may seem high compared to a standard notebook HDD because as these are peak values under load. When we see average power draw, SSDs are still more power efficient because they only hit max power for a short period of time.
The Transcend MTS800 series SSDs are rated for a max power draw of 3W for the 512GB model. However, the 128GB model is rated for 1.14W/1.75W during seq. reads/writes via IOMeter testing. As for idle, it is rated for 0.28W consumption. In our testing with Anvil Storage Utilities, we found a max power draw of 1.9W and a low of 0.175W during idle. While power draw during writes is slightly higher, idle power draw is much less, around two-thirds of the specification.
REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
Over the course of testing, the 128GB Transcend MTS800 has performed as intended. We were able to achieve a maximum sequential read and write speed similar to that of the rated specs and surprisingly, the power testing results very close to what we saw in the smaller KINGMAX M.2 2242 SSD we reviewed the other day. Most benchmark results were very similar to the KINGMAX drive as well, which further supports the conclusion that the TS6500 controller is a rebranded Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller. With its flash memory management systems and many features such as hardware encryption and DevSleep, overall, the MTS800 is a very solid drive for its price.
The MTS series SSDs have been created in the mindset of offering an easy to upgrade storage solution for portable devices such as laptops and Ultrabooks. With the MTS series being offered in so many capacities and M.2 form factors, it seems like a great way to cover the market. Offering drives in smaller 32GB and 64GB capacities is great for those looking to use the drives as a cache drive for IRST, which is a quick and painless way to upgrade system performance magnitudes without breaking the bank. Then with the 128GB- 512GB capacities, they provide mainstream users the higher capacities and performance they demand.