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Apotop S3C 256GB Low-Cost SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Oct 9, 2014 1:22 am
TweakTown Rating: 85%Manufacturer: Apotop

Apotop S3C 256GB SSD

 

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Apotop uses what I call Samuel L. Jackson Purple (from Mace Windu's light saber in Star Wars) for the A3C package and drive. It's a nice, deep purple color. The cut out on the front of the box allows us to see the capacity.

 

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The retail package shows us the model and serial number. We also found a sticker on the back, and some performance information.

 

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Inside of the box we found the S3C SSD, along with the accessories in the package. You get a desktop adapter bracket, a 7mm to 9.5mm adapter, and screws for mounting the drive.

 

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Apotop used a reflective chrome-like label that is difficult to capture in a picture.

 

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This is a 7mm z-height drive, so it will fit in your new Ultrabook that requires a slimmer SSD.

 

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Inside we found a full size PCB that was underutilized to get to 256GB.

 

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The controller is from Silicon Motion, and it's the SM2246EN model.

 

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There are four NAND packages total, two on each side. The flash isn't marked other than a five digit code, G4Z81.

 

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There is a single DRAM package of unknown density. The top says A-TOP.

 

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Apotop's specifications page says this is synchronous flash. We suspect it's Micron 20nm die in the package, but we can't confirm.

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