Specifications, Pricing and Availability
With found capacity points, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and a massive 512GB model, Transcend breaks the mold and uses the new 0-provisioning programming offered by SandForce. To date very few companies have went down this path and we've only tested one other 2.5" form factor model with SandForce 0-provisioning, the ADATA SP900.
Transcend's marketing materials are a bit shy. As you can see the SSD720 spec sheet says MLC NAND Flash memory, but this drive doesn't use just any NAND Flash, it uses SanDisk 24nm Toggle Mode flash that uses less power than IMFT 25nm and is considered the best MLC flash you can use at this time.
So far we've tested a handful of 7mm z-height SSDs and many more are on the way, but Transcend is already ready for the upcoming ultrabook avalanche. In the coming weeks we have a report that looks at the SSDs used in many off the shelf ultrabooks and why you'll want to upgrade your new ultrabook with a higher performing SSD right out of the box. I don't want to give away the punch line today, but we want to say that the Transcend SSD720 would make a great aftermarket drive for your high speed conversion.
The Transcend SSD320 made quite a stir when it hit the market at a very low price point a few months ago. The SSD720 that we're looking at today isn't too far behind. Using Google Shopper we managed to find the 256GB model we're looking at today for around $195. The massive 512GB capacity size was available at the time of writing for less than $400, an amazing value for those looking for high capacity and well under the magic $1 per GB mark.
The SSD720 isn't a stripped down release either. Transcend has included a nice accessory package and on their site we found some nice software tools as well. Inside our retail sample we found a desktop adapter bracket, screws for installation, a Quick Installation Guide, Warranty Card and two catalogs of Transcend products. Transcend backs the SSD720 with a three year warranty.