Transcend MSA720 128GB mSATA SSD Review

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CrystalDiskMark and Anvil IOPS

CrystalDiskMark is a small benchmark utility for drives and enables rapid measurement of sequential and random read/write speeds. Note that CDM only supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ) with a queue depth of 32 (as noted) for the last listed benchmark score. This can skew some results in favor of controllers that also do not support NCQ.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2 x64 – Intel Z77 Platform



Benchmark Results: Like the other mSATA drives in our comparison who also happen to be powered by the SF-2281 controller, there’s a marked dip in write speeds as compared to the ATTO benchmark. Again, the Transcend 128GB MSA720 scores very close to that of the Intel 120GB drive.

Anvil Storage Utilities 1.050 RC6- Intel Z77 Platform

Along with the move to a new platform, we decided to make a change in one of the benchmarks. There’s a relatively new benchmark called Anvil Storage Utilities that is in beta but close to production. It’s a very powerful tool that measures performance through a variety of tests which can be customized. Since some of the tests more or less duplicate what we get from other benchmarks we use already, we decided to use the IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) testing on 4kb file sizes at a queue depth of 32. 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. Still, it is another performance indicator with relevance and while some drives post good MB/s numbers, their IOPS scores aren’t always commensurate which this test will prove out.

Transcend 128GB mSATA SSD Anvil Write IOPS


Transcend 128GB mSATA SSD Anvil Read IOPS

Benchmark Results: The IOPS performance falls just a bit short of the Intel 120GB drive and a little closer in writes than reads..

mSATA SSD Anvil IOPS Chart

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