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Super Talent TeraNova 480GB SATA III SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 26, 2015 3:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: Super Talent

Final Thoughts

 

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In an age of shrinking lithography, it is nice to see a drive utilizing high quality 20nm flash. We feel this is something that distinguishes the TeraNova from competing solutions. The Super Talent TeraNova is priced at about $25 bucks more than a whole host of SM2246EN controlled drives. Even though you will pay a bit more for the TeraNova in comparison to competing SM2246EN powered solutions, we feel it is money well spent.

 

 

Our preference for the TeraNova over competing SM2246EN controlled drives is predicated on 20nm flash as the BOM. We would hope that the TeraNova's BOM isn't changed out to inferior flash at some point. We have seen unannounced BOM changes before, and the uproar that ensued. We are in no way suggesting that Super Talent would pull an unannounced switch, but we do want to make clear that our high regard for this drive is based primarily upon it shipping with high quality 20nm Intel flash.

 

We found the 480GB TeraNova delivers excellent performance in comparison to drives we consider to be in the same performance class. The best illustration of this was our brutal "Sledgehammer" test, where the TeraNova outperformed the competition by a large margin.

 

However, it's not all roses and rainbows for the TeraNova. We are going to voice the same concern about the TeraNova as we did with the TRION, and that is how the drive compares to in price to the 850 EVO and MX200. Both drives deliver better performance than the TeraNova and both are priced about the same as the TeraNova.

 

Our experience while running the Super Talent TeraNova 480GB SSD as our OS volume has been very good. Overall, the drive delivers an excellent SSD experience, but not quite on the level of the 850 EVO or MX200. If the price is right, we can recommend the TeraNova without reservation, but for that to happen, we need to see the price come down to about $150

 

Super Talent TeraNova 480GB SATA III SSD

 

Pros:

 

  • Quality 20nm Intel Flash
  • Exceptional "Sledgehammer" performance

 

Cons:

 

  • High Retail Pricing
  • Average Synthetic Performance

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance89%
Quality including Design and Build93%
General Features89%
Bundle and Packaging85%
Value for Money84%
Overall TweakTown Rating88%

The Bottom Line: It's rare to see a drive with genuine Intel 20nm flash these days. Super Talent's choice of superior flash and the TeraNova's robust performance make this drive a great choice for your next upgrade, if the price is right.

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