Silicon Power 32 GB Solid State Disk review -
4 - Installation and experiences | Test Setup
Installation and experiences
Installation of a SSD drive is no different than installing any other drive. Connect the SATA and power cable, and you are good to go. Once you power on that PC of yours, the first thing you'll notice; no more noise! It is just downright weird. But my system boot drives are all WD Raptors and when that HD is crunching ... you know the HDD is alive alright.
So no more purring and weird noises. Completely silent, and I love it. The second factor you can rule out is heat. Modern day HDDs tend to get hot. When not cooled they can reach 40-50 Degrees C pretty easily. No worries though as the HDD can have it, yet the SSD remains completely cool to lukewarm.
Then there's that first boot up on the SSD, weird ... it's fast ... really fast. That's where you'll get the first smile to your face. But let's startup some actual tests.
Hardware and Software Used
Now we begin the benchmark portion of this article, but first let me show you our test system plus the software we used.
Silicon Power SSD SLC (32GB)
Samsung SP0802N ATA (80 GB)
Maxtor 6 Y200M0 (200GB)
WD15 00ADFD0 Raptor (150GB)
OCZ CORE SSD MLC (64GB)
nVIDIA nForce 680i SLI (eVGA)
Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.0 GHz
GeForce 9800 GTX+
2048 MB (2x1024MB) DDR2 CAS4 @ 1142 MHz Dominator Corsair
Power Supply Unit
BFG 800 Watt ES
Dell 3007WFP - up-to 2560x1600
OS related Software
Windows Vista Business Edition 32-bit SP1
DirectX 9.0c/10 End User Runtime June update
NVIDIA ForceWare 177.41
NVIDIA nForce 680i platform driver (latest build)
Software benchmark suite
PCMark vantage HDD test Test 1 to 8
ATTO Disk benchmark v2.02
SiSoft Sandra Storage Benchmark
A little while ago Silicon power released the so called M10 series SSD drive, which in fact is an SSD series that can be used externally, thus outside your PC as it comes with a Mini USB connector and special design casing. As such last week Silicon power submitted the 64GB model for review, and though the product is not targeted at a high-end market performance but leans more towards a portable mobile market .. this little drive could definitely be interesting for a lot of you guys.
Silicon Power 32 GB Solid State Disk review
SSD is the future, make no mistake. With Silicon Power's product the dynamics change a bit. A couple of weeks ago they released a new series of drives. We got one fresh from the factory, this is their all new revised version. Optionally they make use of SLC NAND flash based memory. In certain situations this type is not only faster, it's also 10 maybe 20 times more reliable as the number of write cycles (per cell) starts at 100,000 writes.