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Transcend SSDs get radical speed and capacity boosts

Transcend ships new solid-state drives that offer faster speeds and up to 512GB of storage space.

A solid-state drive from Transcend.
A solid-state drive from Transcend.

Transcend's solid-state drives got a radical upgrade Tuesday, as the company announced a new breed of SSDs that offer speeds of up to 260MBps and come in capacities of up to 512GB, which the company claims is the highest in the industry.

According to Transcend, to boost overall performance, the 2.5-inch SATA SSDs feature an upgraded controller chip that supports a maximum sequential transfer speed of 260MBps read and 200 MBps write. The company claims that this will significantly improve the system bootup and application launch speed and at the same time will offer lag-free responsiveness. The new drives are designed for applications that require performance and stability. They're also great for high-end gaming systems.

Transcend says the new SSDs feature maximum compatibility with the latest versions of Windows and Linux; they support the TRIM command, a mechanism that allows an operating system to inform an SSD which data blocks are no longer considered in use and can be wiped internally. This essentially helps maintain optimum write speeds and also reduces long-term SSD wear.

Although the 2.5-inch design is commonly used for notebooks, Transcend says its new 2.5-inch SSDs can also be used with desktop computers. To accommodate this, the company provides desktop users with an SSD Desktop Upgrade Kit. The kit includes a 32GB SATA SSD, a 2.5-inch-to-3.5-inch mounting bracket, SATA data and power cables, and Acronis True Image HD disk-cloning software.

The new Transcend 2.5-inch SSDs come with a two-year warranty and are available now in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities. It's currently unclear how much they cost, but you can be sure they won't be cheap.