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Silicon Power S60 240GB SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Dec 12, 2014 3:08 am
TweakTown Rating: 42%Manufacturer: Silicon Power

Futuremark PCMark 8 Extended - Consistency Test

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.0.228

 

Heavy Usage Model:

 

Futuremark's PCMark 8 allows us to wear the test drive down to a reasonable consumer steady state, and then watch the drive recover on its own through garbage collection. To do that, the drive gets pushed down to steady state with random writes, and then idle time between a number of tests allows the drive to recover.

 

Precondition Phase:

1. Write to the drive sequentially through up to the reported capacity with random data.

2. Write the drive through a second time (to take care of overprovisioning).

 

Degradation Phase:

1. Run writes of random size between 8*512 and 2048*512 bytes on random offsets for ten minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat one and two, eight times, and on each pass, increase the duration of random writes by five minutes.

 

Steady state Phase:

1. Run writes of random size between 8*512 and 2048*512 bytes on random offsets for 50 minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat one and two, five times.

 

Recovery Phase:

1. Idle for five minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat one and two, five times.

 

PCMark 8's Consistency test provides a ton of data output that we use to judge a drive's performance. Here we see the three states of performance for the select SSDs, light use, consumer steady state, and worst case.

 

Storage Bandwidth - All Tests

 

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In many of the phases, the Silicon Power S60 is the slowest drive on the chart.

 

Storage Bandwidth - Heavy Load

 

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The S60 240GB is a very poor performer under heavy workloads.

Storage Bandwidth - Typical Consumer Load

 

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Things look much better under typical consumer workloads with idle time for recovery, and so on. This drive is still outperformed by several other products on the market that cost the same amount, or just a few dollars more.

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