The M.2, formerly known as the Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF), was introduced to replace the mSATA that was unable to scale up to 1TB capacity at a reasonable price point. In this case, the M.2 offers wide range of module sizes and capacities.
Generally, there are three types of M.2 storage devices, which are based on SATA, PCIe via AHCI, and PCI-e via NVMe respectively. SATA-based M.2 SSDs can deliver up to 6 Gb/s, which is identical to any regular SATA3 SSD. Both types of PCIe drives on the other hand, can deliver data transfer speeds of up to 10 Gb/s. NVMe PCIe SSDs offer higher capacities, faster speeds, and lower latencies than AHCI PCIe drives.
With us today is the Transcend MTS800 256GB M.2 SSD, which offers SATA3 6Gb/s speed but in a smaller M.2 form factor in 80mm length. Available in six different storage capacities, from 32GB all the way up to 1TB, the drive that we received today is the 256GB model. Similar to the SSD370S drive that we’ve reviewed recently, the MTS800 is also run by Silicon Motion’s SM2246EN 4-channel controller, giving the drive sequential transfer speeds of up to 560MB/s in reads and 460MB/s in writes.
The MTS800 supports DevSleep mode, which allows it to completely shut down the SATA interface to save battery life, unlike existing partial/slumber states. Other notable features include the S.M.A.R.T. function that monitors the SSD health status, TRIM support, NCQ, and Intel Smart Response Technology (ISRT) for memory caching.
Retails on the local market at RM 452, can the Transcend MTS800 256GB M.2 SSD live up to expectations? Let’s check it out now.
Product link: https://www.transcend-info.com/Products/No-644
Suggested Retail Price: RM 452
Transcend’s lineup of MTS800 M.2 SSDs is offered in six capacities, ranging from 32GB to 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. The drive that we received contains a total storage capacity of 256GB. Running on the SATA3 6Gb/s interface in a M.2 form factor, the drive is specified to operate at sequential speeds of up to 560MB/s in read and 460 MB/s in write. In terms of 4k random performance, it can deliver up to 75,000 IOPS in both read and write speeds.
Measuring 80.0 x 22.0 x 3.5 mm in dimensions, the MTS800 weighs just 9 grams. This small footprint definitely makes it ideals for mobile computing as well as desktop market. The drive is rated at an operating temperature from 0 to 70 degrees, allowing it to achieve high level of durability and reliability. Transcend doesn’t disclose the Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) details, but they do provide the drive with a 3-year warranty, as long as the SSD Scope’s wear-out indicator does not show 0% within 3 years.
Transcend’s MTS800 M.2 SSD’s next generation SATA III 6Gb/s interface and ultra compact dimensions make it best suited to address the high performance needs and strict size limitations of small form factor devices. This means it is perfect for use in today’s modern Ultrabooks and thin, light notebooks. Meeting the latest SATA III 6Gb/s specifications, and featuring a powerful controller and exceptional transfer speeds of up to 560MB/s read and 460MB/s write*, the M.2 SSD easily handles everyday computing tasks as well as demanding multimedia applications.
- Space-saving M.2 form factor (80mm) – ideal for mobile computing devices
- Supports DevSleep mode, which allows devices to completely shut down the SATA interface and conserve battery life, unlike existing partial/slumber states
- DDR3 DRAM cache
- Supports S.M.A.R.T., TRIM and NCQ commands
- RoHS compliant
Intel Smart Response Technology
Transcend’s SATA III 6Gb/s MTS800 M.2 SSD supports Intel® Smart Response Technology (ISRT), which allows you to configure your computer system with an SSD used as cache memory between the hard disk drive and system memory. This provides the advantage of having a hard disk drive for maximum storage capacity with SSD-like overall system performance.
ISRT works by monitoring which programs and files you access most frequently and storing them on the SSD. As a result, application launch speed and overall system responsiveness are significantly improved, while space on your large-capacity hard drive is freed up for other programs and files. In this configuration, only one drive letter is displayed; no additional drive letter is required for the SSD used as cache.