Solid state drives are the future and they’re being used in laptops as well as desktops. Unfortunately, their high prices have been the primary reason for low adoption rates, especially in India. Silicon Power launched their Velox V2 60GB SSD just a couple of weeks back and we have it in our labs for review.
Will it be value for money?
Design and Features
The V20 is a 2.5-inch format SSD that is enclosed in a metal frame which makes it sturdy but light weight at the same time. At 70g, the weight of the drive is way less than any other 3.5-inch desktop drive or for that matter, a 2.5-inch drive meant for laptops. The package doesn’t include anything more than a metal bracket which allows you to use the drive in a standard 3.5-inch chassis slot. Apart from the TRIM support which lets the OS completely wipe out useless (or unused) blocks of data from the SSD, Silicon Power also claims that the drive can withstand shocks up to 1500G.
Test Rig Specifications
Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40 GHz
Motherboard: GIGABYTE P67A-UD3R
Memory: Corsair Dominator GT 4 GB DDR3 (2 x 2 GB)
Hard drive: WD Velociraptor 300 GB
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6970
PSU: Cooler Master 1000W
Those are responsible for your transfer
After running the drive through its paces using 4 GB data sets, it’s apparent that the performance of the V20 is reasonably good. The write speeds we noticed were in the range of 59 to 67 MB/s, while read speeds peaked out at 110 MB/s for sequential files and 102 MB/s for random files. Synthetic benchmarks showed speeds of 214 MB/s in read tests and 174 MB/s in write tests. In simple words, it’ll take approximately 68 seconds for transferring a 4 GB block of data to the SSD while copying the same will take around 37 seconds or so. Check out the benchmarks below.
Benchmarks for the Silicon Power SSD
The performance of the Velox V20 is at par with most value priced hard drives. The write speeds of the V20 are not as impressive as the high-end hard drives such as the WD Velociraptor, but they can match speeds of value drive offerings. The read speeds are almost the same as that of a WD Velociraptor.
The V20 then is as good as any other hard drive and the only thing it has to offer is silent and energy efficient operation. The MRP price stated by Silicon Power for the Velox V20 is Rs. 9,390 but market prices should be around the Rs. 6,250 mark. This makes the V20 a somewhat affordable drive for installing your OS on, but is by no means, a replacement for the Velociraptor.
A capacity of just 60 GB is offered in comparison to the Velociraptor’s 150 GB, which can be used to install a ton of software and games. The Velociraptor is traditionally considered to be an expensive hard drive, but it’s still faster than the V20 and offers more bang for your buck. SSDs are the future, but we’re afraid prices have to drop further for them to actually materialize.
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