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Transcend 480GB SSD £95.42 @ Amazon

£95.42 @ Amazon
Cheapest cost per GB SSD out there at the moment. Not too far off original prices before the price rise Read More
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1 Like #1
Thanx Jim Bob, been after one for my laptop (which has a 5400 harddrive), ordered & heated
1 Like #2
I had one of the samsungs, thanks JimBobJr
1 Like #3
3 year warranty but any used/know the quality of the brand? I am sure I've used their memory cards etc
1 Like #4
Graham1979
3 year warranty but any used/know the quality of the brand? I am sure I've used their memory cards etc


I have a 1tb portable hdd made by Transcend. No problems in the three years or so I've had it. It's currently hooked up to my router with films/music.
1 Like #6
thnaks for posting this deal, heat added!
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anscend quote 80,000 IOPS for both read and writes for the drive. Our review sample could get nowhere near that figure, producing a read figure of 71,121 IOPS, which is short of the official figure, although not too bad and likely related to different methodologies in testing procedures. The 4K random write IOPS performance however was a major disappointment as the drive could only manage a very disappointing 21,145 IOPS.
It was the same story with the real-life file transfer tests. The read performance of the drive was strong across all the tests, averaging 421MB/s. The only test where it dipped below 400MB/s was when dealing with the 50GB folder of small files. The write performance was a completely different story. All the file transfers started strongly and then the transfer rate dropped dramatically. We saw it happening using both the FastCopy utility and the standard Windows file copy – a peak and then a plunge worthy of any black day on the Footsie.
Transcend drives are never the easiest to find but nether the less we found the 480GB drive for sale for £98.22 inc VAT at Ballicom International HERE which is a pretty competitive price.
#8
Heat
#9
My mac will be a happy bunny when playing battlefield 1
1 Like #10
Only a month or two ago I bought Crucial 750GB at around 107 pounds. Very fast one too. What is so good about this deal?
1 Like #11
pawelsandra
Only a month or two ago I bought Crucial 750GB at around 107 pounds. Very fast one too. What is so good about this deal?
Go Google the prices of 480gb/500gb drives then compare it to this one. And that was a crazy good deal, seriously stop spamming every SSD thread with that sale, it's annoying.

How does this compare to the 850 EVO if anyone has knowledge on it?
1 Like #12
ZainAkib
pawelsandra
Only a month or two ago I bought Crucial 750GB at around 107 pounds. Very fast one too. What is so good about this deal?
seriously stop spamming every SSD thread with that sale, it's annoying.
Yes, he is a serious spammer considering only made two comments on all HUKD threads in total. oO
1 Like #13
Graham1979
anscend quote 80,000 IOPS for both read and writes for the drive. Our review sample could get nowhere near that figure, producing a read figure of 71,121 IOPS, which is short of the official figure, although not too bad and likely related to different methodologies in testing procedures. The 4K random write IOPS performance however was a major disappointment as the drive could only manage a very disappointing 21,145 IOPS.
It was the same story with the real-life file transfer tests. The read performance of the drive was strong across all the tests, averaging 421MB/s. The only test where it dipped below 400MB/s was when dealing with the 50GB folder of small files. The write performance was a completely different story. All the file transfers started strongly and then the transfer rate dropped dramatically. We saw it happening using both the FastCopy utility and the standard Windows file copy – a peak and then a plunge worthy of any black day on the Footsie.
Transcend drives are never the easiest to find but nether the less we found the 480GB drive for sale for £98.22 inc VAT at Ballicom International HERE which is a pretty competitive price.


It sounds to me like (a) A firmware issue or (b) the Controller used (in this case the Silicon Motion SM2256KAB) isnt so great...

After googling some info on this particular controller, Kitguru's review confirmed the performance from an earlier article on Anandtech that previewed the controller and put it up against some of the value performers of 2015.

It is what it is, and you get what you pay for.
#14
damn my imac
3 Likes #15
pawelsandra
Only a month or two ago I bought Crucial 750GB at around 107 pounds. Very fast one too. What is so good about this deal?

We don't have time machines
#16
Anyone knows if it is compatible with MacBook Air 11inch?
#17
randombloke1
Anyone knows if it is compatible with MacBook Air 11inch?


It's not, you need need something like this https://www.amazon.co.uk/Transcend-JetDrive-520-SATA-Upgrade/dp/B00JKCHNOU/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1484586539&sr=1-2&keywords=MacBook%2BAir%2BSSD&th=1 depending on model/year
#18
Will this work in a 2011 Macbook Pro?
#19
Lemm
Will this work in a 2011 Macbook Pro?
Yes
#20
Cheers, I figured it should, but I looked on Amazon and the one of the questions suggested you needed a Macbook Pro specific drive which was £240 odd. :)
#21
Lemm
Cheers, I figured it should, but I looked on Amazon and the one of the questions suggested you needed a Macbook Pro specific drive which was £240 odd. :)

There are Mac Specific drives like this one: JetDrive But like you said it is around £240
I'd go for deal @ £95 and ensure to do regular backups to external HDD.
#22
bpwa1
damn my imac
I have a 2014 iMac with a shockingly slow 500gb HDD. I am using an SSD in a USB3 exclosure and have that set as the boot drive for the Mac using the internal HDD as storage. It is night and day different in terms of performance and has made the mac a much better and responsive machine to use.

There are some issues with doing this, MacOS doesn't support the SSD trim function (used to tidy up the drive) over USB, you can get round this by using a Thunderbolt enclosure but these are serious money (£200 ish).
My view is that with regular backups and the cost of a drive like this i am happy to deal with the downsides of no Trim support.

My drive isn't one of these - it's an older Kingston one so i can't comment on the speed of this one but at the price and with a decent quality external USB3 enclosure its a no brainer to me.
1 Like #23
Dont forget to appy BIGTHANKS on checkout to get tenner out
1 Like #24
bigN13
Dont forget to appy BIGTHANKS on checkout to get tenner out

£85.42 makes this the best SSD per Gig for the money just now ! ;)
#25
Mecoconuts
bigN13
Dont forget to appy BIGTHANKS on checkout to get tenner out

£85.42 makes this the best SSD per Gig for the money just now ! ;)


Yeah, that's what pushed me over the edge. The slower write speeds don't concern me so much as I'll just be sticking my most used games and leaving them there.
#26
What do you use to clone your existing drive onto this?
#27
trying to use the firmware update boot drive that ssd scope download but I don't have an UEFI boot option and in the instructions it says to turn it on how do I use this without it as I don't have any computers with it as when I boot with it all I get is boot menu and then what looks like command prompt
1 Like #28
B_T
What do you use to clone your existing drive onto this?


EASEus worked for me, but what is often missed is the need to partition the ssd so pc can detect it in windows (in search type 'partitions' ) and you can see the connected drive - assuming you have it connected in an external caddy.
#29
chelmsfordman
B_T
What do you use to clone your existing drive onto this?
EASEus worked for me, but what is often missed is the need to partition the ssd so pc can detect it in windows (in search type 'partitions' ) and you can see the connected drive - assuming you have it connected in an external caddy.
The free version should do the job nicely - Thanks
#30
Lemm
Cheers, I figured it should, but I looked on Amazon and the one of the questions suggested you needed a Macbook Pro specific drive which was £240 odd. :)
I have a 2011 with SSD you don't need a Mac specific drive..
#31
dossdes
bpwa1
damn my imac
I have a 2014 iMac with a shockingly slow 500gb HDD. I am using an SSD in a USB3 exclosure and have that set as the boot drive for the Mac using the internal HDD as storage. It is night and day different in terms of performance and has made the mac a much better and responsive machine to use.

There are some issues with doing this, MacOS doesn't support the SSD trim function (used to tidy up the drive) over USB, you can get round this by using a Thunderbolt enclosure but these are serious money (£200 ish).
My view is that with regular backups and the cost of a drive like this i am happy to deal with the downsides of no Trim support.

My drive isn't one of these - it's an older Kingston one so i can't comment on the speed of this one but at the price and with a decent quality external USB3 enclosure its a no brainer to me.

Mac OS does support Trim but not automatically on all SSD's (only Apple approved ones) however it's a simple command in Terminal - "sudo trimforce enable" , check it's running via -
(there is also some third party apps that will do it for you)

Here's how to find out if TRIM is running or not.

1. Click on the Apple icon (top-right corner) then choose About This Mac.

2. Click on System Report.

3. On the left pane of the System Information window, under Hardware navigate to SATA/SATA Express.

4. On the right pane, scroll down until you find TRIM Support. If the value is Yes, then TRIM is running -- you're all good! If the value is No, then you need to turn it on.
#32
boomish
dossdes
bpwa1
damn my imac
I have a 2014 iMac with a shockingly slow 500gb HDD. I am using an SSD in a USB3 exclosure and have that set as the boot drive for the Mac using the internal HDD as storage. It is night and day different in terms of performance and has made the mac a much better and responsive machine to use.
There are some issues with doing this, MacOS doesn't support the SSD trim function (used to tidy up the drive) over USB, you can get round this by using a Thunderbolt enclosure but these are serious money (£200 ish).
My view is that with regular backups and the cost of a drive like this i am happy to deal with the downsides of no Trim support.
My drive isn't one of these - it's an older Kingston one so i can't comment on the speed of this one but at the price and with a decent quality external USB3 enclosure its a no brainer to me.
Mac OS does support Trim but not automatically on all SSD's (only Apple approved ones) however it's a simple command in Terminal - "sudo trimforce enable" , check it's running via -
(there is also some third party apps that will do it for you)
Here's how to find out if TRIM is running or not.
1. Click on the Apple icon (top-right corner) then choose About This Mac.
2. Click on System Report.
3. On the left pane of the System Information window, under Hardware navigate to SATA/SATA Express.
4. On the right pane, scroll down until you find TRIM Support. If the value is Yes, then TRIM is running -- you're all good! If the value is No, then you need to turn it on.
Agreed, however not over usb, only SATA or Thunderbolt.

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