We don't talk about Transcend a lot here at TR, but we were pretty fond of its SSD 370. Transcend's latest offering is called the SSD 230, and it's the company's first solid-state storage device with 3D NAND. The new aluminum-cased drives will come in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities.
We're not sure who Transcend is sourcing the memory from, but the datasheet for the new SSDs confirms that it's TLC NAND. Transcend claims that the new drives can more-or-less max out their SATA 6Gbps interface with sequential read speeds of up to 560 MB/s and writes up to 520 MB/s. The company also claims that the SSD 230s can hit 340 MB/s on 4K random reads and writes, which comes out to around 87K IOPS. Transcend doesn't state endurance figures for the SSD 230, but the company covers the drives with a three-year warranty.
There's yet no release date and we couldn't find the drives at online shops. The company does say that it expects the 128GB drive to go for $51, the 256GB model to go for $82, and the 512GB version to go for $162.
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