Author Topic: Transcend SSD220S SATA 6Gb/s 2.5″ 240GB Solid State Drive Review  (Read 557 times)


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In an era where a fast-paced lifestyle is common to the daily productivity person, every second matter wasted on trivial things, such as the time that a computer takes to boot up, could mean an email not sent just before a flight, or loss of audience, thanks to an article published when the moment has passed.

In this regard, Solid State Drives offer a faster storage solution, letting your computer bootup and ready for work in a matter of seconds after you turn it on. The Transcend SSD220S is a perfect example of such a device. Offering blazing fast read and write speeds combined with a small form factor that makes it a perfect fit even for those with small cases.


Thereís nothing really fancy about the packaging here. You get a simple box with all the information youíll need, the SSD, and the usual documentation.

Design and Build Quality

Even when its shell is made from Aluminium, the SSD220S doesnít have much weight to it. The design is as simple as you would expect.

You get a slab of metal with the Transcend logo up front, and the product information at the back. On the side, you get the usual Sata 6gb/s and power connectors.

The small 2.5″ form factor simply means that this device will fit even tight spaces in your case, and even in laptops.


Test System Specs:

  • Intel Core i5-6500 @ 3.2GHz
  • 16GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM
  • ASUS Strix GTX 1060 6GB OC
  • ASUS Strix H270F Motherboard
  • Silverstone Strider ST60FP-S 600W
  • Transcend SSD220S 240GB Solid State Drive
  • Seagate 1TB HDD 7200RPM
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • In this series of tests, weíll test the SSD220Sís read and write speeds in a number of circumstances with some benchmarking tools and also monitor its temperature on idle and load. As this may just seem like a bunch of numbers, let me give a brief explanation as to what each one does.

  • HD Tune Pro Ė This tool on the other hand, also checks for the driveís health,  scans it for any errors, and measures its raw raw performance.

  • ATTO Disk Benchmark Ė  An industry-leading benchmark tool for SSDís and HDDís that measure performance using file file transfers of different sizes.

  • CrystalDiskMark -This tool is used to measure the SSDís sequential read and write speeds. That means how fast files can be read from and written to the drive, usually measured in MB/s.

  • HD Tune Pro

  • ATTO Disk Benchmark
  • CrystalDiskMark

  • Though itís common knowledge that SSDs are faster than HDDs, hereís a side by side comparison for read and write speeds.

  • Temperatures

  • From the numbers, we can say that the SSD220S performs just as expected. Itís not the fastest out there, but it certainly does the job. Despite the small form factor, itís also able to manage its temperature well.
  • Real Life Usage

  • Having the SSD installed in my machine, switch-on to Windows 10 takes around 10 seconds, compared  to about 15 seconds on my HDD, sometimes even longer.

  • Do note that some games and applications may also benefit from an SSD, but not all. PLAYERUNKOWNíS BATTLEGROUNDS is a case in point, and loads noticeably faster when itís installed in the SSD.

  • Verdict

  • The Transcend SSD220S is performs just as expected from a device of its class. Donít let the simple design fool you. This thing is fast, as the numbers say, and is well-built. Itís also easy to install, and the small factor means that it can fit in the smallest spaces.
  • Personally, 240GB is enough for me, as i mainly use the SSD for fast bootup, and PUBG. The rest of my files are in the HDD. But should you need more space, there are always larger capacity models available, but do note that SSDs in general, entail a higher cost
  • There are also M.2 SSDs available in the market, that are even faster and more space saving. They donít come in cheap though. If your budget permits, and your board allows, by all means, go for those. But for those who canít, the SSD220S is still a great option.
  • Good
  • Decent build quality
  • Compact form factor makes it ideal not only for desktops but also laptops
  • Easy to install
  • Performs as expected
  • Fast boot up time
  • Price

  • Not So Good
  • 240GB may not be enough for some users
  • There are M.2 SSDís that are even faster and more compact