I'm really not surprised to see another bait and switch tactic pop up in the SSD market. As flash prices drop and NAND flash manufacturers continue to drive prices down, third party builders without guaranteed flash or in-house controller technology will continue to struggle. SanDisk, Crucial / Micron, Toshiba, and Samsung will continue to push SSD prices down, and still deliver superior products with 'handpicked' flash, keeping the best flash for their own products.
When times get tough, corners are cut. When is a Silicon Power S60 not a S60? Well, you never really know. Silicon Power sent our sample to us, so it's not like we received a Chinese swap meet knock off; this is what the company is currently shipping after showing off parts made with other components.
At the time of writing, the Silicon Power S60 240GB costs around $100 in the U.S.; that's a really good price for a 240GB SSD, but other products in the same capacity are priced similarly, so there are better choices out there. The Crucial MX100 256GB SSD features low cost paired with high capacity. The SanDisk Ultra II also costs about the same price, as does any number of SandForce SF-2281 products. I can't see any reason to take a chance on the Silicon Power S60.
If you want a SandForce SF-2281 drive, there are plenty of other options available, and the same is true if you want a drive with a Phison S8 controller. There is no reason to roll the dice with the Silicon Power S60 to see what actually shows up.
PRICING: You can find the Silicon Power S60 SSD for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Silicon Power 240GB SSD retails for $102.99 at Amazon.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||20%|
|Bundle and Packaging||25%|
|Value for Money||61%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||42%|
The Bottom Line: Unknown components, questionable flash sold at the same price as other good SSDs. I think we'll pass on this one.
- Page 1 [Introduction & Specifications, Pricing, and Availability]
- Page 2 [Silicon Power S60 240GB SSD]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and Initial Performance]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - Sequential Performance]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Mixed Read / Write Workloads]
- Page 7 [PCMark 8 Consistency Test]
- Page 8 [PCMark 8 Consistency Test - Continued]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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