They may not be best known for their SSDs but around a year ago we took a look at our first drive from Toshiba and found it to be a very competitive unit. It offered similar performance to the leading drives of that generation and the no frills approach to the product meant it was also competitively priced.
Earlier this year Toshiba announced their new generation of SSDs, the HG6. It might not have the snappiest name but if it performs as well against the competition as their previous drives we should be in for an impressive set of figures.
The HG6 SSD (THNSNJ512GCSU)
Our review sample of the HG6 arrived without retail packing or a bundle so we start with a look at the drive itself and find that it uses a slim 7mm metal casing. 9.5mm versions are also available as are mSATA and M.2 options. We can see the SATA 6GB/s power and data connectors on one side and an information sticker on the top.
Toshiba offer capacities of 60, 128, 256 and 512GB on the HG6 and ours is the 512GB version. Inside we find all Toshiba parts, including their latest generation controller and it sits beside eight 19nm Toggle 2.0 MLC NAND flash chips. Toshiba are keen to note their quadruple swing-by code error correction technology which is enterprise class. The series also features end to end data path protection and self encryption which is compliant with TCG/OPAL 2.0.
Toshiba rate their drive for 534MB/s read and 482MB/s write and provide a 3-year warranty.
In terms of build quality Toshiba do pretty much everything right on the HG6. We get a nice solid metal casing, their quality NAND, and the latest 19nm edition at that. The controller is also their own and of course this set of quality components is available across the various formats of drive they offer in the HG6 family. The build quality may be good but design wise they could go a little further in making the drive more attractive. Its not essential, but it would help the drives appeal to modders a bit more.
Really though a SSD stands and falls on reliablaily and performance. We know from expeirence with the last generation of drive that its durability has been good and we would expect the same from this range too. For the performance aspect (full results available on the next page) we have a drive which does well. It may not be the fastest drive in synthetic tests but in real world use it regularly sits at the same level as the fastest options from the competition.
Pricing: span.com £254.40