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Written by Olin Coles   
Saturday, 08 November 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Silicon Power 32GB SLC SATA-II SSD
Features and Specifications
Silicon Power SSD Closer Look
SP032GBSSD750S25 Internals
SSD Testing Methodology
System Speed Test Benchmarks
HD Tach RW Benchmarks
ATTO Disk Benchmarks
PCMark05 Benchmarks
Windows XP Startup Times
The Truth Behind Heat Output
Solid State Drive Final Thoughts
SP032GBSSD750S25 Conclusion

SP032GBSSD750S25 Conclusion

EDITORS NOTE: Please read Solid State Drive (SSD) Benchmark Performance Testing to understand how the benchmarks used in this article should be interpreted.

Silicon-Power-64GB-SATA-SSD-SP064GBSSD25SV10-Splash.jpgAs I first mentioned at the beginning of the article, Silicon Power has injected a fresh and powerful look into their product decals. Of course, 2.5" drives are generally used for notebook computer, and therefore never really see the light of day. But still, if only for a few moments during installation, you'll appreciate the exciting look of their SATA-II SSD.

Construction is probably the strongest feature credited to the Silicon Power SSD. Solid State Drives are by nature immune to most abuses, but add to this a hard metal shell and you have to wonder what it would take to make this drive fail. Silicon Power offers a 2-year warranty but there isn't a clear channel for RMA requests or North American support telephone numbers.

Based on the collection of benchmark tests we conducted, Silicon Power's 32GB SATA-II SSD settles in near the top of our performance charts. At this moment the SP032GBSSD750S25 model occupies the #4 position in our ranks, which is quite an improvement over their last generation product. With a sustained read speed of 121 MBps and sustained write at 88 MBps, the bandwidth available is quite enough to match the fastest Hard Disk Drives; but the additional benefit of an immediate response time makes all the difference in performance.

Value is a relative term, especially when you discuss bleeding edge technology. At the ends of every emerging technology are two sides: one which will buy the technology and one that will not. Silicon Power doesn't have a North American distributor just yet so pricing isn't readily available at this time, and our rating will forego this category until more information becomes available.

In conclusion, the Silicon Power SATA-II SLC Solid State Drive is a stark improvement over the past product line, and is very worthy of your consideration. Expect to enjoy extremely fast application opening and O/S boot times with this SSD, along with the perk of lower power consumption and relatively low heat output under load. The biggest drawback is going to be retail availability, and perhaps price. Until we see Silicon Power SSDs land on North American shores, this items will be relegated to Europe and Asia.

Pros:

+ Impressive 121 MBps read and 88 write bandwidth
+ Spatter-painted casing adds to appearance and appeal
+ Low power consumption may extend battery life
+ Lightweight compact storage solution
+ Resistant to extreme shock impact
+ Up to 128GB of SSD capacity
+ 2-Year Silicon Power full warranty
+ Very low random access time

Cons:

- Metal case is heavier and less durable than plastic
- Difficult to purchase in North America
- Limited support and warranty contacts

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