For most, this article will act as the first introduction to Apotop, a division of Carry Technology Co. LTD. The company was established in 1991, and since then has acquired 200 patents. Apotop sells the usual range of DRAM and flash devices, as well as some mobile accessories; in terms of offerings, Apotop is much like other companies that moonlight in the SSD business.
Apotop recently reached out to us to take a look at the S3C, a low-cost consumer SSD that's available at Newegg. The S3C 256GB is currently available for just $109.99, which makes it one of the lowest priced 256GB SSDs on the market today. For that price, you also get a full accessory package, not just a drive stuffed in a box with some cheap plastic surrounding it.
Specifications, Pricing, and Availability
Apotop released the S3C in four capacities, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. Today we're looking at the 256GB drive. Like the other capacities, the 256GB uses a Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller paired with synchronous MLC NAND flash.
Apotop quotes the 256GB S3C at 490 MB/s sequential read, and 275 MB/s sequential write speeds. The specification sheet doesn't quote random performance, but does go into details regarding operating temperatures, shock resistance, and so forth.
The Apotop S3C comes with a three-year warranty. The drive also ships with an accessory package that includes a desktop adapter bracket, 7mm to 9mm adapter, and screws for piecing it all together.
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- Page 1 [Introduction & Specifications, Pricing, and Availability]
- Page 2 [Apotop S3C 256GB 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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