TCS Galatea Ultra-Rugged 100GB SLC SSD Review


ASU is benchmark for us gearheads and comprises many great features. Still in Beta testing, not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, it has also included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests. All tests are very simple to understand and utilize, even for the layman.

The Galatea has begun to exhibit some surprisingly good results with the different levels of compressibility of data. Usually the SandForce controllers have a limitation with incompressible data, but with this SSD the incompressible and the compressible data are performing very close to one another. Utilizing Anvils Storage Utility we will test with two levels of compressibility to verify the results that we have observed with other benchmarks.

First we will present the compressible testing sample:

Below we can observe that the 100% incompressible write results are very similar to the testing results that were experienced with the compressible data. This is probably due to the SLC paired with the LSI SandForce processor, which shows the value of selecting a solid processor and pairing it with very high performance NAND.

As a whole, we could not be more impressed with the overall write performance of this SSD.



PCMark Vantage represents probably the most effective method of comparison between SSDs using true to life scenarios.  In PCMark Vantage the data simply cannot be manipulated and a result is provided based on the transfer speeds observed in eight simulated typical user activities.  Vantage has become the gold standard and is widely recognized by reviewers and storage enthusiasts worldwide for its ability to differentiate between any type of SSD based on a simple premise, transfer speed.

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

The Galatea performs within expected specifications for the battery of tests that comprise the PCMark Vantage HDD Suite, scoring 45,069. While not as high as the newest SATA 3 SSDs that are optimized for desktop usage, this is a very good showing for an enterprise-class firmware implemented into a Rugggedized SSD.



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      It is not a consumer product so typical pricing isn’t available but we can guarantee that it is not cheap. With such a purchase consideration, there are several configurations that can affect final sales price as can the total order amount.

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    Its looks like a plastic cover, susceptible to nuclear EMF?

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      Definitely not plastic…. If this drive weren’t valued so highly and accountable through return documentation, I might have ventured out to do a few tests… Nuclear testing would not be one of those.

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    where can one buy this drive?

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