Transcend SSD340 256GB SSD
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.
Even though performance data isn't on the product page, we did find it on the back of the retail package.
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.
Here we get our first look at the drive. The top cover of the drive is plastic and is most of the case.
The bottom cover is metal and acts as a heat sink for the controller and DRAM.
The Transcend SSD340 is a 7mm z-height drive, so it works in new Ultrabooks designs that require a very thin SSD.
The SSD340 also ships with a desktop adapter bracket.
Inside, we found a JMicron JM667H 4-channel controller. Transcend paired the controller with Samsung DDR3 DRAM and Micron 20nm synchronous NAND flash.
There are sixteen NAND flash packages in total, eight on each side of the PCB.
We've seen this controller before on the Kingfast C-Drive we tested a few months ago.
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