High-end workstations to custom-built PCs at home, almost everyone is choosing Solid-State Drives over Hard Disk Drives now. Not because it’s a niche thing to do but the SSDs give more performance and higher speeds albeit they cost a pretty penny, more than your average HDDs do. Still from a consumer standpoint, an SSD is always a better choice provided the cost isn’t a parameter. Today our product in the spotlight is the Transcend SSD360S.
Let’s find out if it actually breaks any barriers.
On a first Impression, the Transcend SSD360S comes very pleasingly to the eye with a silver colour theme while the box is pretty bare-bones with nothing except the picture of the SSD on one side along with specification written on the other.
Coming to the content inside the box, we have :
- Transcend SSD360S SSD
- 4 mounting screws
- Warranty Card
- Quick Installation Guide
Coming to the SSD Itself,
We have a sleek little product which looks like it was taken out a MacBook and given a Transcend branding.
Although we didn’t open up the drive itself, from the info scattered around the internet and transcend’s own product info, we know this product comes with a TS6510 controller which is a 4-channel controller by Transcend (in all probabilities a variant of the SM2246EN found in the SSD370S). I am personally not a fond of relabelled controllers since it does open the drives reliability and the manufacturers intention to questions. However, given the fact that companies like Toshiba and OCZ has done it before and without any big incident, I think we can give Transcend the benefit of doubt in this case.
Moving on, we put the SSD through our usual gauntlet to check its capabilities and here are the results.
But first let us give you a glimpse of our new test bed that we will be using from now:
- Intel Core i5 6600K
- Asus Maximus VIII Ranger courtesy Asus India
- Asus GTX 960 Strix courtesy Asus India
- Kingston SM2280S3/120G SSD
- Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4 32GB Dram
- CoolerMaster V1000 PSU
- Thermaltake LCS courtesy Thermaltake India
Without further ado lets get on to the important part, the benchmarks:
ATTO Disk Benchmark
Anvil’s Storage utilities Benchmark
Crystal Disk Mark
AS SSD benchmark Suite
Transcend SSD360S SSD Review
The Transcend SSD360S is a very good option in the lower end like the UV300. On the performance side, it's on par with the Kingston UV300 but whether it will win or not will depend on the pricing at release.