|Silicon Power 32GB SLC SATA-II SSD|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Saturday, 08 November 2008|
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As a professional system builder of higher-end computer systems, I have learned some very important lessons in regards to system performance over the past eight years. While gamers constantly leap for higher frame rates out of their video card, there is something more important than a faster processor, memory, or even front side bus. The real backbone to overall system speed and performance is the primary boot drive. In today's world, that usually means the hard disk drive for nearly all computers. After hundreds of performance computers built and sold, I have seen a 10,000 RPM drive make a 2GHz CPU seemingly perform twice as fast, whereas a 5,400 RPM drive makes that same CPU run like it was only half as fast.
Looking over the Silicon Power SSD I spot a total of sixteen Samsung K9WBG08U1M-PCB0 DRAM IC's. Each of these SLC-NAND-Flash-ICs consume 2.7V ~ 3.6V and operate in Dual nCE & Dual R/nB mode. Samsung specs the density at 32 GB on a SLC 4 Die Stack. Not much is presently released on these modules, so speed and latency are unknown.
Solid State Drives are not for everyone. Similar to the evolution towards DDR3 system memory, a gradual replacement of the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) by the Solid State Drive (SDD) is going to move very slow. The cost of purchase for SSD's is the primary cause, since most drives cost more than an purchase price of an entire computer system. But what if the price was within reach? What if the data throughput was comparable? This is where Benchmark Reviews comes in to answer the tough questions, as we test the Silicon Power 32GB SLC SATA-II SSD SP032GBSSD750S25.