I must admit, sometimes I do get tired of having to deal with SATA cables, SATA power and the SSD drive itself, and there’s where M.2 SSD units like the MTS800 from Transcend come into the picture. In this review the MTS800 is the 256GB variant.
As long as your motherboard comes with M.2 support, the MTS800 will work. There are 2 types of M.2 storage, one is the faster and more costly PCI-E based M.2 storage while the other is like the MTS800 which is a cost-effect SATA based M.2 storage.
Here’s the flipside of the MTS800, the unit uses Micron NAND Flash and it has a SAMSUNG DRAM chip. The MTS800 uses MLC type NAND which the middle point where it’s more than blazing fast for the average consumer and doesn’t cost a limb to acquire.
Once installed on a motherboard, the M.2 SSD looks like this. Note that the MTS800 is the 80mm variant. If your desktop PC or notebook doesn’t come with space to accommodate 80mm M.2 SSD then do consider the other models from Transcend that work just as good but at a smaller dimension.
Check out the specs as seen on the official product page.
And just how fast is this tiny number? It’s plenty fast!
Here are the benchmarks
The Transcend MTS800 256GB M.2 SSD retails at RM 449. The 128GB variant retails at around RM 300 and has far lower write speed around 150Mb/s (about 50% reduction) while the 512GB variant costs almost double at around RM 900 but has around 450Mb/s write speed (about 50% increase).
I’ve no complaints on the product, it works great out of the box just like how any M.2 SSD should and it comes with 3-year warranty.