Transcend PCIe SSD 110S 256GB Review

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A couple of days ago we made our first contact with Transcend’s PCIe 110 M.2 NVMe SSD (that’s a pretty long name for what it is, actually), and we’re here today to take a closer look into it. So, there’s no better time than the present to put it under the test and run some of our standard tests while we’re at it? We’re not gonna settle for a simple unboxing, anyway.


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Dimensions (Max.)80 mm x 22 mm x 3.58 mm (3.15" x 0.87" x 0.14")
Weight (Max.)8 g (0.28 oz)
Interface
Bus InterfaceNVMe PCIe Gen3 x4
Storage
Flash Type3D NAND flash
Capacity128 GB/ 256 GB/ 512 GB
Operating Environment
Operating Temperature0°C (32°F) ~ 70°C (158°F)
Operating Voltage3.3V±5%
Performance
Read Speed (Max.)1,800 MB/s
Write Speed (Max.)1,500 MB/s
Warranty
CertificateCE/ FCC/ BSMI
WarrantyFive-year Limited Warranty
Warranty PolicyPlease click here for more information about the Transcend Warranty Policy. Warranty does not apply when SSD Scope's wear-out indicator displays 0% within the warranty coverage.


INSTALLATION


Let’s start things off with the basic installation, which is fairly straightforward. Of course, to begin with, your system is required to be equipped with an M.2 slot that covers 2280 form factor. The 110S doesn’t exactly come with a screw to fix it in, but your system’s motherboard most likely has one to cover up for it. You’ll need to simply slot it in and screw it in place, and once you’re done, that’s about it.


PERFORMANCE


TEST SYSTEM SETUP
MotherboardGIGABYTE AB350M-DH3
CPUAMD RYZEN 5 1600 3.2GHz
GPUZOTAC GTX 1060 6GB AMP
RAM16GB DDR4 2400MHz
CoolerCorsair H60 (2018)
StorageTranscend PCIe 110S SSD 256GB + Seagate BarraCuda 4TB + 2TB Western Digital Green HDD
PSUCorsair VS450
CaseSilverstone RL06
OSWindows 10 Pro N
DisplayBenQ GW2270H

Basically, what we’re dealing here is an NVMe SSD that utilizes the current PCIe Gen3 X4 interface, and we’re expecting for speeds to shoot up. So, then, let’s get started with our standard tests.

Crystal Disk Mark
We begin with one of the storage benchmark standards with Crystal Disk Mark to measure both of its read and write rates through a series of tests.



AS SSD Benchmark
AS SSD Benchmark is one of the standards when it comes to storage benchmarking, and it reads/writes a 1 GByte file as well as randomly chosen 4K blocks. It can also measure in IOPS in addition to MB/s.



ATTO Disk Benchmark
ATTO Disk Benchmark is an industry leading benchmark that help measure performance of system storage such as hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays, and so forth.



Real World Performance
For the real world performance, we'll be using a set of 20GB file consisting of 119 video files, as well as an archived 16GB to test it out. The time is measured in seconds, and of course, lower is better.



CONCLUSION

Transcend has been nothing but successful in its series of storage solutions entry-level and enthusiast-grade. For its price, it easily makes its mark as one of the most affordable NVMe SSD offerings available in the market today. The Transcend PCIe SSD 110S has the performance to match, great value, and the company’s longstanding 5-Year Warranty backing it up. It’s definitely a score.

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