Performance is just one aspect to consider when purchasing a SSD. Generally, people start with price, which is a good starting point that can have a hard limit. Then other aspects come in to thin the list, like performance, quality, reputation, support, and so on. The Apotop S3C has the price part down, and this drive should easily get through to round two.
For a low-cost SSD, the S3C does reasonable well in the performance category, but is slower than some of the other drives in this price range. The OCZ ARC 100 240GB sets the bar in this price range; the Extreme II costs a few dollars more, but is the current leader for 256GB class drives under $150.
The S3C is down to the other drives on performance, but we need to know where Apotop sits in the other categories. That's where things get cloudy. The S3C includes a three-year warranty, and while wrapping this article up, we did find updated firmware for the drive. It appears Apotop will be proactive with firmware release.
While looking at the support options, we found an office in City of Industry, CA, and a toll free number as well. That doesn't mean the support is amazing, it just means that support is available without dealing with an overseas point of contact.
In this ultra-low price range, the S3C is about as good as anything else. There is some give and take on performance, quality, accessories, and other minor details, but in this price range you really don't get everything you want. If you can muster a bit more money for a SSD, then you can get more performance, higher quality, and so on. However, at $109, you have to make sacrifices.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||84%|
|Bundle and Packaging||92%|
|Value for Money||78%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||85%|
The Bottom Line: Apotop's S3C SSD scores points for its low price and the accessories package, but loses the performance battle with drives costing just a few dollars more.
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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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