Transcend has recently released its newest brand of SSDs, the 370 range, with capacities ranging from 32GB through to an impressive 1TB. Needless to say, the 370 range offer the latest SATA-3 6Gb/s interface for breakneck read and write speeds, along with exceptional low power use thanks to the incorporation of the SATA Device Sleep Mode (DevSleep), which conserves laptop battery power by shutting down the SATA interface completely — though it is reportedly capable of firing back into life in less than 100 milliseconds, thus enhancing the hibernation functionality on your device.
The SSD measures 99.8 x 69.8 x 7mm and weighs as little as 52g. This means it’s small and light enough to fit into the tiniest of cases or devices without too much trouble. Fitting into a standard desktop case, though, is helped by the addition of a 3.5” bracket that’s included in the box, along with a quick start guide and warranty card.
The drive may well be as light as a feather, but it by no means flimsy. That said, it’s probably not going to be the drive of choice for an external SATA-to-USB setup. Inside a machine, though, and left alone once fitted, it’s more than suitable for the job.
Transcend has helped alleviate the reliability problems most SSDs suffer from by including an advanced wear-leveling system and error correction code. This helps to increase the life of the drive and reduce any errors that may occur when transferring data. This feature also works hand-in-hand with the accompanying Transcend software, SSD Scope, which offers an interface to help transfer an existing system and its data to a new drive. It can also check the drive’s health, update firmware, enable TRIM support, securely erase data and provide numerous details and specifications you may need.
We fitted the drive to an older Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 board, and with AATO Disk Benchmark in place we measured an impressive read speed of 560MB/s on the 8192KB file size, along with a reasonable 305MB/s write speed. Windows 7 booted up in just under nine seconds, and Linux was booted in less time than it takes to get out of our chair.
We were pretty impressed with the Transcend SSD370 range, the test systems performance was greatly improved beyond any other upgrade we’ve attempted before on this motherboard. We were also impressed by the Transcend software, although in all honesty you can use your drive without ever having to install it. This is an excellent drive with ample space and speed that will be an advantage to any desktop, laptop or media centre.