Transcend SSD720 

Released February, 2012
  • 128 GB
  • 2.5" SATA III
  • 128 MB
6.8 Out of 10

Performance overall was very good and where it should be based on our experience with this controller/NAND configuration.
by Legit Reviews (Apr, 2013)
Thankfully, the SSD720 series is light years away from those drives in both performance and price per gigabyte, and are the first Transcend SSD to use a SATA 6Gbps interface.
by Tech Radar (Jun, 2012)

SSDBoss Review Our evaluation of the Transcend SSD720

read performance

How quickly data is read from the drive

SSD720
5.8
840 Pro
6.6
Vertex 4
6.3
4K Random Read, 4K Random Read Access Time and 512K Sequential Read

write performance

How quickly data is written to the drive

SSD720
6.9
840 Pro
7.0
Vertex 4
6.9
4K Random Write, 4K Random Write Access Time and 512K Sequential Write

real world benchmarks

How well the drive performs common tasks

SSD720
7.7
840 Pro
8.1
Vertex 4
7.7
Windows 7 Boot-up Time, Photoshop Lens Filter and AS SSD ISO Copy

Benchmarks

How well the drive performs on common benchmarks

SSD720
7.4
840 Pro
7.6
Vertex 4
7.4
Passmark Disk Rating, PCMark Vantage, AS SSD Score and 1 more

6.8

SSDBoss Score

read performance, write performance, real world benchmarks and Benchmarks

SSD720
6.8
840 Pro
7.1
Vertex 4
6.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Transcend SSD720

4K Random Read

SSD720
114.42 MB/s
840 EVO
318.8 MB/s
840 Pro
311.34 MB/s

4K Random Write

SSD720
106.88 MB/s
SSDNow V300
33.3 MB/s
840 Pro
130.58 MB/s

Windows 7 Boot-up Time

SSD720
9.9 s
840 Pro
7.8 s
SSDNow V300
8.3 s

Avg. Power Consumption

SSD720
2.92 Watts
SSDNow V300
1.81 Watts
840 Pro
2 Watts

4K Random Read Access Time

SSD720
2.34 ms
SSDNow V300
7.51 ms
840 Pro
1.91 ms

4K Random Write Access Time

SSD720
2.18 ms
SSDNow V300
6.46 ms
840 EVO
0.78 ms

Reviews Word on the street for the Transcend SSD720


6.4
Notably, it delivers its impressive peak performance numbers beyond the 500MB/s mark courtesy of data compression.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Performance

Benchmark Results: The IOPS performance falls just a bit short of the Intel 120GB drive and a little closer in writes than reads.
by Legit Reviews (Apr, 2013)
IOPS performance is something SSD makers tout quite a bit but we generally don't do a lot of IOPS testing because frankly a lot of users can't relate to IOPS metrics as well and it tends to be more meaningful to the enterprise/server crowd.
by Legit Reviews (Apr, 2013)
Benchmark Results: For readers who have paid attention to this part of our drive reviews should see a familiar sight with the typical pattern for SandForce drives of write performance ramping up as compressibility increases.
by Legit Reviews (Apr, 2013)

Speed

When you look at the Marvell-powered Corsair Performance Pro though, you can see just how well the Corsair copes with incompressible data - it's twice as fast on the writes as SandForce equivalents.
by Tech Radar (Jun, 2012)
Zip file decompressionZIP: Seconds: Quicker is better.
by Tech Radar (Aug, 2013)
Install Results: Real world performance on file copy operations shows a small performance deficit in comparison to the Intel 120GB drive but overall pretty quick copy times.
by Legit Reviews (Apr, 2013)

Reliability

The controller is none other than the LSI owned SandForce SF-2281 controller that we've seen quite a number of times and has proven to be a very solid and reliable piece of hardware.
by Legit Reviews (Apr, 2013)
The rest is tied up in the overprovisioning or lost in the translation of GB to GiB, The overprovisioning allows the controller to have spare NAND available for drive maintenance duties to help overall drive endurance.
by Legit Reviews (Apr, 2013)
Built-in ECC (Error Correction Code) functionality and wear-leveling algorithm ensures reliable data transfer.
by Legit Reviews (Apr, 2013)

Price

Apart from producing one of the fastest SandForce drives we've ever tested, Transcend has also taken note of the price war going on in the mainstream 120/128GB marketplace and priced it accordingly.
by Tech Radar (Jun, 2012)

Interface

Available in capacities of 64GB (TS64GMSA720) and 128GB (TS128GMSA720), these SATA III interfaced drives are configured to hit lofty performance numbers of up to 560MB/s reads and 530MB/s writes.
by Legit Reviews (Apr, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

storage

Capacity 128 GB
Cache 128 MB
Interface SATA III
Interface speed 6 Gbit/s
Controller SandForce 2281
Memory type MLC

form factor

Form factor 2.5"
Thickness 7 mm
Weight 95 g
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