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Transcend SSD340 256GB SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: May 12, 2014 2:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 77%Manufacturer: Transcend

Transcend SSD340 256GB SSD

 

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Transcend carried over the package design from the previous SSD products from the company. Quite a bit more goes into this than you can see in the pictures. The package has a nice plastic texture that covers the cardboard. It's not something that most will notice, and fewer will actually care about it, but it does show that Transcend tries to deliver a well-rounded product.

 

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Even though performance data isn't on the product page, we did find it on the back of the retail package.

 

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Unlike the PNY Optima that we tested the other day and the Crucial M500, two other low cost SSDs, the Transcend SSD340 ships with a decent accessory package.

 

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Here we get our first look at the drive. The top cover of the drive is plastic and is most of the case.

 

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The bottom cover is metal and acts as a heat sink for the controller and DRAM.

 

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The Transcend SSD340 is a 7mm z-height drive, so it works in new Ultrabooks designs that require a very thin SSD.

 

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The SSD340 also ships with a desktop adapter bracket.

 

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Inside, we found a JMicron JM667H 4-channel controller. Transcend paired the controller with Samsung DDR3 DRAM and Micron 20nm synchronous NAND flash.

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There are sixteen NAND flash packages in total, eight on each side of the PCB.

 

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We've seen this controller before on the Kingfast C-Drive we tested a few months ago.

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