Transcend steps into the NVMe arena with the MTE850 SSD


— 9:02 AM on March 27, 2017

The memory guys over at Transcend dropped us a note about the company's new NVMe SSD. The drive is called the MTE850, and it's the company's first storage offering using the NVMe protocol. The device uses 3D MLC flash as its primary storage medium, and like most NVMe SSDs out there today, it comes in the M.2 2280 form factor.

The drive packs a DDR3 RAM cache, and it could further boost performance by provisioning some of its flash as a pseudo-SLC cache. The company says that sequential read performance should hit figures as high as 2500 MB/s, while sequential writes should go up to 1100 MB/s. There's no word on random I/O numbers, though.

The drive includes Transcend's SSD Scope software, a utility similar to Samsung's Magician or OCZ's simply-named SSD Utility. Transcend says the MTE850 comes in three capacities and price points: a 128GB drive for $119, a 256GB offering for $209, and a 512GB version selling for $379. All drives are covered by a three-year warranty. If you're in the market for a speedy NVMe SSD at a fair price, the MTE850 might be one to look for.

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