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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




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.




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




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.




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






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






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




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




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




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




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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