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Transcend SSD720 128GB Review (7.0mm)

The Transcend SSD720 drive ships in a small black box. We like the minimalistic approach.

Transcend don’t bundle any extras such as a 3.5 inch drive bay or cables, but they include plenty of literature detailing their product range.

The Transcend SSD720 drive ships in a plain metal enclosure with a sticker on the front of the drive, highlighting the storage capacity. Getting access to the insides requires the removal of two warranty invalid stickers and four screws. Transcend rate the drive up to 560MB/s read and 540 MB/s write.

The drive measures 100.3mm x 69.85mm x 7mm and weighs 95g.

One side of the PCB is naked, and will likely be fully populated with the 256GB and 512GB versions of the drive. The Sandforce SF-2281VB1-SDC controller looks rather lonely.

Transcend are using Sandisk SDZNPQBHER MLC NAND flash (16gb x 8).

The Sandforce 2281 controller can access eight separate NAND channels, and two NAND modules are placed on each channel. The drive uses the DuraWrite algorithm which delivers on the fly compression for improved overall performance. Mach Xtreme rate this particular 120GB drive capable of delivering sequential transfer speeds of 540MB/s read | 490MB/s Write.

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