Transcend Launches Its First MTE850 NVMe SSD with 3D NAND
At the end of the previous year, Transcend had already launched an SSD using 3D NAND memory. While Transcend used the new memory type for a budget solid state drive, the company has launched its first MTE850 high-end NVMe SSD with 3D NAND memory. Transcend uses MLC memory chips from Micron combined with Silicon Motion’s SM2260 controller.
The configuration of the Transcend MTE850 NVMe SSD is identical to that of Intel’s 600P SSD, which is known as an affordable NVMe that can’t seem to catch up with the competition in terms of pure performance, but more than makes up for it with its lower price tag. It seems Transcend will be competing directly with the 600P.
It’s not the first time that SSD manufacturers wanted to release an NVMe drive to compete with the cheaper Intel 600P, as Crucial was planning to release a similar Ballistix SSD. However, those plans were scrapped, as Crucial wasn’t able to achieve the performance levels they were aiming for. Transcend claims that the performance of its MTE850 is superior due to a new firmware version for the SSD controller.
The MTE850 will be using an NVMe M.2 x4-interface and features both a DRAM and SLC cache. Transcend claims the drive is able to reach speeds of 2500 MB/s and 1100 MB/s for sequential reading and writing, respectively. Transcend will release its SSDs in 128, 256 and 512 GB capacities, although recommended retail prices are still to be announced.
The MTE850 will come with three years of manufacturer warranty.