We are starting to draw closer to the end of the SF-2281 era. It's now October and in a few months chatter will start to pick up about 3000 Series controllers from SandForce. So far we've seen a lot of drives based on the SF-2281 and even one using the SF-2282. In that time we've called out some winners and losers, but there is a new field starting to emerge; the average in between, unremarkable products. The Silicon Power V30 fits in this last class of products - it may even be on the low end of that group as well.
The Silicon Power V30 performs well when up against drives using Marvell controllers, but when running side by side with a similarly equipped 2281 / 25nm synchronous flash product, there isn't anything special that makes us prefer it over the competition.
Just as unremarkable is the price. Amazon currently lists the Silicon Power V30 at around 225 Dollars. This would have been a very competitive price six months ago, but today we are seeing drives with the same hardware combinations selling for less than 200 without a mail-in rebate.
The final nail in the coffin is the accessory package. The V30 ships with a three year warranty, the standard at this time for Team SandForce products. You also get a desktop adapter bracket, also pretty much a standard accessory. Pulling the V30 down, though, is the fact that we couldn't find a firmware update for it or any other SSD on Silicon-Power.com.
After a quick Google Search I learned that I'm not the only one looking for SP's SSD firmware updates. Even more remarkable is the fact that no one from Silicon Power or another forum user chimed in to help these other guys out. I guess such a place does not exist.
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