Silicon Power Slim S70 240GB Solid State Drive Review

Introduction


Continuing our reviews of the Silicon Power solid-state drives, we’ve gotten to the Slim S70, a mid-ranged performance drive in the 7mm thin Slim series perfect for notebooks as well as desktop systems.

The Silicon Power Slim S70 is available in 5 capacity version all the way up to 960GB. The smaller capacities available are 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB and I am taking a closer look at the 240GB model today. The drive is rated for a sequential read performance up to 550MB/s reading and 500MB/s writing, which shouldn’t be any trouble to achieve for the hardware inside.

The Silicon Power Slim S70 SSD is built with a Phison S10 controller which has proven itself in numerous drives and comes with synchronous NAND flash. The Slim S70 has all the basic features that an SSD needs to have, including S.M.A.R.T., TRIM, Garbage collection, NCQ, and wear leveling. It is also RAID ready for those who want even faster setups with all the features available. Silicon Power also included error correction code to guarantee data transmission reliability.

Making the upgrade from a mechanical hard disk drive to a solid-state drive is something that everyone needs to experience, there simply isn’t any comparison. An SSD isn’t just a lot faster, it also consumes less power which is great for stationary systems as well as mobile ones. There are no moving parts and thereby no noise or vibration and it makes it more shockproof than traditional storage drives. You also eliminate latency delays and seek errors.

The SP Slim S70 is also available as upgrade kits that include a shockproof enclosure, screwdriver, and NTI Echo cloning software for an easy upgrade in three steps. It also allows you to use your old drive as an external portable drive afterward. The included enclosure provides rugged protection against shocks, scratches, and abrasions, and it features a cable wrap-around design for easy portability.

Inside the two-piece screwless enclosure, we find a 2/3 sized PCB with four NAND chips on each side. The controller is a Phison PS3110-S10 and the NAND should be Toshiba 19nm MLC NAND from the DP58G5LAPA inscription. There is also a Nanya 128MB cache chip on the top. Funny enough, it looks to be the exact same layout and parts as we saw in the SP Slim S60.

Features

  • 7mm slim design suitable for Ultrabooks and Ultra-slim notebooks
  • SATA III 6Gbps backward compatible with SATA II 3Gbps
  • Super-high transfer rate: 520MB/s max. Read speed / 460B/s max. Write speed
  • Random 4K write speed up to 86000 IOPS
  • Supports TRIM command and Garbage Collection technology
  • NCQ and RAID ready
  • Equipped with wear leveling, to extend endurance
  • Implemented with ECC technology to guarantee data transmission reliability
  • Built-in with SMART monitoring system
  • Low power consumption
  • Shockproof & Anti-Vibration
  • Noiseless operation, no latency delay and no seek error
  • 5-year warranty

Packaging

The Silicon Power Slim S70 comes in a simple blister package displaying the included drive itself on the front. At the same time, it also displays the main features, 5-year warranty period, and slim drive height.

The rear of the package has the basic feature list in multiple languages as well as the average performance increase one would gain compared to a mechanical drive.

The leaflet inside the package opens up for a simple installation guide, feature list, and specification.

Kingston Releases 960GB KC310 Business-Class SSD

Kingston released a new SSD drive with both the capacity to replace mechanical hard drives as well as the performance to meet business demands. The new KC310 SSD comes with 960GB storage capacity and utilities the quad-core Phison PS3110-S10 controller to achieve speeds up to 550MB/s reading and 520MB/s writing.

Sequential speeds aren’t everything and the eight-channel SSD controller allows this drive to perform with maximum 4K read and write scores of 99K and 89K respectively while Random 4K reads and writes still come in at impressive 96K and 88K. The drive comes packed with all the features you’d want from enterprise S.M.A.R.T. tools for reliability tracking, usage statistics, life remaining, wear leveling, and temperature as well as end-to-end data protection, trim, garbage collection and firmware-based power loss protection that enables the drive to recover from unsafe power shutdowns.

The endurance isn’t the highest we’ve seen, but it isn’t bad either with 0.66 complete drive writes per day and a total bytes written rating of 681TB. The MTBF is set to 1 million hours and the drive is backed by a three-year warranty and Kingston’s well-known technical support.

The drive is available in two options, either just the drive for $462.01 or packed with an upgrade kit for $471.26 that includes an external enclosure and all the cables and software you need to clone your old drive onto your new SSD.

Intel Released DC S3710 and S3610 Series Enterprise SSDs

Intel has announced the availability of the new Intel SSD DC S3710 Series and the Intel SSD DC S3610 Series solid state drives for enterprise environments, although no one ever said they have to be exclusively used there. The new generation is using 20nm NAND flash over the 25nm used in the previous generation as well as sporting capacities up to 1.6TB.

The new S3710 can reach sequential transfer speeds up to 550MB/s reading and up to 520MB/s writing. The sustained write performance reached 85K IOPS reading and 45K IOPS writing. That is up to 25% more performance than the previous generation. Endurance is covered well with up to 10 full drive writes per day for five years. That’s 24.3PB for the 1.2TB drive, in case you wonder.

The S3610 is more of a mid-ranged drive that’s only rated to 3 full drive writes per day. The sequential speeds are about the same as the big brother, but random writes only reach 28K IOPS. Quite a lot less, but still a great drive. In return, this drive is available with up to 1.6TB vs the maximum of 1.2TB for the big brother.

Both drives come with a warranty period of five years and a failure rate of 0.44% annualized. The S3710 will cost you around $1.55 per GB while the S3610 only costs around $1.06 per GB.

Looking at the charts provided, we also see that Intel is planning to release a 1.8″ microSATA version of the S3610 drive, perfect for those portable workstations.

Thanks to Intel for providing us with this information

SanDisk Introduces New Affordable SSDs

Sandisk launched the SSD Ultra Plus late last year and now they’ve added to the series with the entry level SanDisk SSD Plus 2.5-inch drive. SSD drives do not only significantly improve the data rates compared to traditional hard disks, they also consume less power, are less prone to shock damage and create no noise. A perfect upgrade for any laptop.

The new Sandisk SSD Plus comes in two capacities, 120GB for $69.99 and 240GB for $109.99 MSRP. Both models have sequential reads up to 550MB/s while writing is limited to 350MB/s on the 240GB model and 180MB/s on the 120GB sized drive. The SanDisk SSD Plus comes with a 3-year warranty and will be available in Q1 2015.

Adding to the existing line of Ultra II, Sandisk is introducing the mSATA form factor to the series. The new mSATA SSD will be available in three capacities: 128GB ($73.99), 256GB ($115.99) and 512GB ($220.99). This line of drives can achieve up to 550MB/s sequential reads and 500MB/s writes. Random performance is rated up to 97K IOPS for the largest model. The SanDisk Ultra II mSATA SSD also includes a 3-year warranty and will be available in Q1 2015.

Thanks to SanDisk for providing us with this information

OCZ Introduces Saber 1000 Enterprise SSD

OCZ announced its new enterprise-class Saber 1000 SSD series designed for read-intensive applications and targeting high-volume deployments such as hyper-scale, web-hosting, and distributed computing environments. Where we’ve seen many recent enterprise-class SSDs come in other form factors, the Saber 1000 comes as a standard 2.5-inch SATA3 drive.

Using the A19nm NAND flash from Toshiba and OCZ’s own Barefoot 3 controller is a combination that can deliver consistent and sustained I/O performance to the drive that will be available in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities.

Designed for read-intensive applications such as front-end web servers, virtual desktop management or video-on-demand streaming, and many other areas, the Saber 1000 can deliver up to 550MB/s and 470MB/s in sequential reading and writing. The random performance is rated to 98K IOPS reading and 20K writing.

The components used ensure a low power consumption and the drive is said to only drain 3.7 watts during typical usage. While speaking of power, the Saber 1000 SSD uses a technique called Power Failure Management Plus (PFM+) which holds up the circuitry long enough to ensure the integrity of the device in the event of a power failure.

The OCZ Saber 1000 SSD has an MTBF of 2 million hours and features AES-256-bit encryption and Device Activity Signal (DAS). It’s backed by a 5-year warranty and can endure 0.5 full drive writes per day (DWPD).

OCZ has also added the StoragePeak 1000 SSD Management system that enables IT managers to centrally monitor and administer connected Saber 1000 SSDs as well as other OCZ enterprise-class solutions from a web-based management interface. It is a cross-platform system and will work on both Linux and Windows systems and includes warning features as well to alert administrators of impending trouble.

Thanks to OCZ for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of OCZ

Adata Launches Enterprise Grade SR-1010 Server SSD

Adata has launched their newest line of Server SSDs, the SR1010. While this drive is designed with server environments in mind, there is nothing that holds a quality minded enthusiast back from using these drives. After all, every one likes the best data security possible, but it comes with a premium price.

The new Adata SR1010 features the very important Power-Loss Protection (PLP) that helps prevent data crashes caused by system failures. The drive also supports SMART for easy hardware monitoring and has an ECC Recovery that can correct up to 55 bits per 512-byte sector (BCH). It also comes with a guarantee to work great with pretty much every enterprise system you could think of. For the Linux users it supports both SUSE Enterprise and Red Hat Enterprise, for Windows it is WHQL certified and the virtual environments are covered with both Citrix and WMWare certifications.

Adata used the Seagate (SandForce/LSI) SF-2581 controller and Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash Memory with enhanced NAND sorting methodology. This helps these drives to reach sequential read/write speeds of up to 550/550 MB/s. They can also achieve 4KB random read/write speeds of up to 73,000/45,000 IOPS. There are three available capacities to choose from: 100GB, 240GB and 480GB. These disks should be great in anything from data centres and embedded devices all the way to the data-safety minded individual.

The power consumption is 2.25 watts in idle and 4.1 watts when in use. You should be able to depend on these drives for a very long time as Adata only used the best components in these drives. To back that statement, the Adata SR-1010SS come with a 5-year warranty and are rated for up to 2 million hours of MTBF. The drives have a default 2.5-inch form-factor, are 7mm high and weighs 63 grams.

There is no word on availability or pricing yet but judging by its predecessor, they aren’t going to be cheap, but you get what you pay for.

Thank you Adata for providing us with these information

Images courtesy of Adata

AMD Radeon R7 240GB Solid State Drive Review

Introduction


AMD is most known for the CPU’s and Graphics cards, more recently also their APU’s and the AMD branded memory. Now the company is taking the next step towards a complete AMD system with the custom branded AMD Radeon R7 Solid State Drives. An OCZ rebrand featuring the Barefoot 3 controller and Toshiba A19nm MLC Flash, but with a twist.

Like it already was with the memory, the solid state drives aren’t built by AMD themselves but rather just AMD branded. In this case it is OCZ that makes these drives and AMD has slammed a sticker on top. But that is not all AMD has done, far from. Not only is this drive packed with the sweetest of OCZ treasure chest, it also has a special tuned firmware optimised for gaming systems.

AMD has created this SSD based on feedback from their customers, asking to be able to build an all AMD system. They realise this isn’t for everyone, but a lot will like it. Having an all AMD system will allow for quick and easy assembly, it’s a simplified purchase procedure and the parts know how to work together. For anyone else, the AMD Radeon R7 SSD is still a fast and economical solution.

Both OCZ and AMD have a reputation for performance and fast PC’s for the consumers, and combining OCZ new Barefoot 3 controller and the Toshiba high speed A19nm NAND chips will guarantee a great drive.

Three main things set this drive apart from any other SSD on the market. It is the first gaming class drive to use the new and faster A19m MLC NAND that also gives improved reliability. It uses the Barefoot 3 controller that we’ve already seen perform great, but this time it comes with a custom AMD firmware. The controller also has a higher clock-speed and said to have an even better reliability then the standard firmware. It’s capable of writing 30GB a day for 4 years with sustained performance and without any degradation.

Adding to the value, the Radeon R7 SSD comes bundled with a 3½” adapter and Acronis cloning software. It will be available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB models, so most needs should be covered.

The Radeon R7 series is designed for gamers that are looking for a fast reliable solution when it comes to storage and as an easy inexpensive upgrade for anyone else. AMD has put a lot of effort into the development of this drive and out has come an unique offering. A performance class drive at consumer class price.