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SuperSSpeed Hyper Gold S301 128GB w/5.03 FW SSD Review - Final Thoughts

We've tested SuperSSpeed's S301 SLC before, but a lot has changed since we said it was the fastest SSD in the world. The competition has caught up a bit, and SuperSSpeed now stocks the drive in the US, and we get a newer TRIM fixing firmware.

| SSDs in Storage | Posted: Dec 17, 2012 6:36 am
TweakTown Rating: 94%      Manufacturer: SuperSSpeed US

Final Thoughts

 

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With products like the OCZ Vector and Samsung 840 Pro on the market now the SuperSSpeed S301 has lost some of its luster for some enthusiasts. If you run a RAID array or looking for the maximum user experience without worrying about cost, the SuperSSpeed S301 is still your go to drive. The first group, RAID array users, especially with 4+ drives the SuperSSpeed S301 SLC is the best you can get. The latency is very low, the flash can handle the high demands, and the performance is untouchable when TRIM isn't available.

 

I'm still using the S301 128GB in my main work notebook. I've ran the 840 non-pro 500GB, Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB and OCZ Vector 256GB in the same notebook to feel the real-world performance and there is still a considerable difference between those drives and the S301. The latency or lack of latency when doing everything is remarkable.

 

I think the high cost will keep most of our readers from experiencing just how fast the S301 really is. There isn't anything like it and with the coming transition to TLC flash with even higher latency than MLC, this level of performance is one for the history books. I just don't see anyone else unleashing SLC flash in another consumer SSD now that SSDs are becoming commodity items.

 

SuperSSpeed has stock in the US and selling the drives on its website as well as on Amazon. At $250 each the drive isn't for everyone, but for those willing to make the investment, the rewards are great. At the time of writing Paul was still a shoulder deep in his enterprise gear, but the S301 is getting close to the top of his list. The S301 is one of the lowest priced enterprise SSDs with SLC flash on the market today. Keep an eye out for his article hopefully before the holiday break.

 

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