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Transcend SSD720 256GB SSD Review - Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing

Transcend goes for gold with its new flagship SSD720 product that brings LSI SandForce performance to a new higher capacity point. The new 7mm package coupled with 24nm flash and working TRIM makes this the best RAISE free SandForce offering yet.

| SSDs in Storage | Posted: Oct 8, 2012 3:13 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%      Manufacturer: Transcend

PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing

 

For a complete breakdown on the Drives with Data Testing please read this article. You will be able to perform this test at home with the files provided in the article - full instructions are included.

 

- Brief Methodology

 

SSDs perform differently when used for a period of time and when data is already present on the drive. The purpose of the Drives with Data testing is to show how a drive performs in these 'dirty' states. SSDs also need time to recover, either with TRIM or onboard garbage collection methods.

 

Drives with Data Testing - 25%, 50%, 75% Full States and Dirty / Empty Test

Files needed for 60 (64GB), 120 (128GB), 240 (256GB)

60GB Fill - 15GB, 30GB, 45GB

120GB Fill - 30GB, 60GB, 90GB

240GB Fill - 60GB, 120GB, 160GB

Empty but Dirty - a test run just after the fill tests and shows if a drive needs time to recover or if performance is instantly restored.

 

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HDD1 - Windows Defender

HDD2 - Gaming

HDD3 - Windows Photo Gallery

HDD4 - Vista Startup

HDD5 - Windows Movie Maker

HDD6 - Windows Media Center

HDD7 - Windows Media Player

HDD8 - Application Loading

 

We prefer to measure Vantage when data is on the drive to see how the real-world performance is in an environment that is closer to a normal user's computer.

 

The 50% capacity full mark is what we use for our talking point and the Transcend SSD720 dips to 43K Marks, which is lower than the SanDisk Extreme with 5.0.2 firmware and Intel's 520 Series with Intel's highly modified firmware.

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