When all was tested, poked, and prodded, we had spent around forty hours with the Angelbird SSD wrk 512GB. We ran the drive though some additional tests as a boot drive with the operating system on it to get a real feel for what the SSD wrk is really like. Not long ago, we had done the same real-world tests and review tests with the Corsair Force LX 512GB. In that review, we concluded the Force LX in the large 512GB capacity size wasn't anything special. When it comes to performance, we have to say the Angelbird SSD wrk 512GB falls into that same category.
It's not that the SSD wrk 512GB is a bad SSD, it's just that there are other, better options. For twenty dollars more than the Angelbird SSD wrk 512GB costs, you can purchase the SanDisk Extreme II 480GB, which is the fastest SSD in this price range. When you're purchasing a 512GB capacity class SSD, there isn't much of a difference between $300 and $320. Eventually, the supply of Extreme II drives will dry up since it's entering EOL status, but it's the third fastest consumer SSD on the market right now, and every e-tailer has them in stock.
As stated, the Angelbird wrk 512GB isn't a bad SSD. The SSD wrk is actually one of the best-looking SSDs we've tested in recent time; it's in the same league with the original Kingston HyperX. The 512GB model has just 256MB of DRAM, and we don't think that's enough for the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controllers with this much flash. That's the same conclusion we came to with the Force LX 512G. When you put these drives under intense workloads, the latency goes sky high, and it's not a pleasurable experience. If you install a lot of games early on, and then use the drive for read intensive tasks like gaming, web browsing, and other normal tasks, the latency decreases as the drive's internal data management optimizes the data and cleans pages for new high speed writes.
There is still the issue with the power and how it affects notebook battery life left to be sorted. Silicon Motion is in charge of firmware development, and we know other SMI 512GB drives don't have the same issues we ran into with the Angelbird SSD wrk 512GB. Hopefully Angelbird can get a fix out soon for SSD wrk owners looking for better than HDD battery life.
Still, we really can't recommend this drive for most users. If you want a really good performance experience with a 300-350 dollar 512GB SSD, then the Extreme II is the best option. If you just want a good, low-cost 512GB SSD, then the Crucial MX100 512GB costs $209.99 at the time of writing. Anything in the middle is just a part number without a buyer. If Angelbird is able to get the price closer to the Crucial MX100 512GB, then we might have a different opinion, but right now, a similar performing drive costs nearly $100 less. That's nearly a third less, which is a significant amount we can't overlook.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||93%|
|Bundle and Packaging||87%|
|Value for Money||83%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||85%|
The Bottom Line: Angelbird's wrk 512GB is a fantastic looking SSD, but it lacks high performance and costs more than products that perform about the same.
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- Page 1 [Introduction & Specifications, Pricing, and Availability]
- 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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