Many really good products come out of Austria, including KTM, Glock, and Noctua (my favorite CPU cooling company). Now, a small SSD company wants to add their name to the list, Angelbird. Angelbird cut its teeth in Germany, the second largest consumer SSD market. The company built a strong reputation there for first-rate build quality and innovative products. In the U.S., the Angelbird name really doesn't mean much to those outside of the SSD enthusiast crowd. Well, that's about to change.
Angelbird has secured accounts with North American e-tailers NCIX and B&H. While not exactly Tiger or Newegg, it's a place to start. I remember when Noctua went through the same growing pains, and now every e-tailer wants to carry the Noctua brand. Angelbird has also collaborated with our favorite SSD proprietor in Australia as well, Rod from RamCity, to carry the Angelbird product line.
Today we're looking at the Angelbird SSD wrk. This is the company's first large-scale, worldwide release; so far, everything is going really well. Angelbird sent several review samples out at the same time, and the company already has ten glowing awards on the official product page. We are probably the last to publish a review for this product, and for good reason.
Our first experience with a 512GB Silicon Motion SM2246EN controlled SSD started at Computex in June. The drive was a Fujitsu F100 we ran some early tests on. Just a few weeks back, we published a review of the Corsair Force LX 512GB, another SM2246EN controlled SSD. In between, we tested several 256GB models with the same controller. The stack of SM2246EN drives all performed really well in our notebook battery life test, so good in fact that they compare well to Samsung's power sipping SSDs.
The Angelbird SSD wrk was the exception. We fiddled, poked, and prodded before reaching out to Angelbird, and within a bit of time the company disclosed a small firmware issue that effects notebook battery life. A new firmware is in the "wrks" (I had to use that somewhere in this review) and should be available soon. Instead of holding our review for another month, we're going to go ahead and let this one fly as is, and then circle back with an update on power when the new firmware lands in our inbox.
Specifications, Pricing and Availability
Angelbird released the SSD wrk in three capacities, 128GB, 256GB, and the model we're testing today, 512GB. At the heart of each drive is a Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller, and 20nm MLC flash. The 512GB model we're testing today clocks in with 563 MB/s sequential read performance, and 450 MB/s sequential write performance. All three capacities have the same read speeds, but the write speeds taper off with the capacity. Angelbird quotes random IOPS performance of up to 72,000, and the access times of 0.1ms.
Several companies make SSDs with the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller, but no one makes them as pretty as Angelbird. The SSD wrk comes in a black, brushed aluminum housing with cream-colored accents on the top and bottom sides of the drive.
Angelbird prides itself on quality, and nothing backs that claim up better than a nice long warranty. The company backs the SSD wrk with a five-year warranty, which is the longest warranty that we know of for a value based SSD using a Silicon Motion controller today. Speaking of value, the 128GB model costs just $99.99 at B&H at the time of writing. The 256GB model is $159.99, and the 512GB model we're testing today is just $299.99.
At first, it doesn't seem like the retail SSD wrk includes an accessory package at all. Inside of the box, you get the retail drive and a code on a card. However, the code allows you to download three pieces of software from Angelbird's website, including System Reflection, a back-up software; Parallels Desktop, a virtualization suite; and Pure Mix, a video tutorial software.
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- Page 2 [Angelbird wrk 512GB SSD]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and ATTO Baseline Performance]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Mixed Read / Write Workloads]
- Page 6 [PCMark 8 Consistency Test]
- Page 7 [PCMark 8 Consistency Test - Continued]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Power Testing]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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