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Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Value that cannot be beaten by any other SSD 08/18/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5" 480GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SP480GBSS3S55S25

Pros: Price per capacity, the S55 480GB SSD is probably the most cost effective 2.5” entry level SSD on the market. Cheaper than the Mushkin ECO3, ADATA SP550, Crucial BX200, OCZ Trion 150, and SanDisk Ultra-II. You simply cannot spend less money for 480GB of SSD performance than the Silicon Power S55! That makes this one very, very tough to beat.

Everyday performance is not too shabby either. Read speeds and write speeds are better than advertised at 540.0MB/s read, and 518.1MB/s write (Diskmark 3.0.3 4000MB sequential). However, when the data becomes larger, performance drops quickly.

This SSD is built on the triple-level NAND flash technology, aka TLC. This allows for higher density, but usually at the expense of performance. So, if it’s performance you’re after, look at MLC or SLC drives. Also, the S55 uses the Phison S10 controller – an industry proven reliable and solid chip that is very common in the mainstream and entry level SSD realm.

The S55 includes a 3-year warranty on failures. With SSDs, if it’s going to fail, it will probably do so in the first month or two. After that, you should be good for 5-10+ years of normal use.

Firmware updating has improved since the last Silicon Power SSD that I reviewed just a few weeks ago. The software tool (downloadable from silicon-power.com) is now version 1.14 and has a cleaner front end and additional features including SMART, Optimization (TRIM), and Secure Erase.

Cons: Large file transfer jobs can throttle below 150MB/s after just 3-4GB of data. So, keep that in mind if you are looking for a storage drive instead of an OS drive.

The retail packaging continues to be lackluster and in need of some serious improvement. The SSD can be easily damaged during shipping or travel from place of purchase. There is simply zero padding or pocketing to protect the drive should the packaging suffer any damage. The stamped thin metal housing that holds the PCB in place is just incredibly flimsy. (My previous Silicon Power S55 review sample suffered a damaged and bent enclosure from handling by the shipper).

Lastly, there are no accessories included with the drive (no bracket, no SATA cable, no hardware.)

Other Thoughts: This SSD is targeted at the very budget conscious casual PC user that is looking to upgrade an older machine from a conventional HDD (while using SATA-3 6gbps). You're not going to find this SSD at the top of any benchmark lists. However, the S55 480GB is currently marked down to just $99. To me, that is almost a no-brainer to make the purchase. You simply cannot beat the GB/$ ratio of the S55!

Thank you to Newegg.com and Silicon Power for providing the review sample!

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Mediasonic ProRaid HUR5-SU3 2 Bay 3.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Super simple external USB RAID box 07/31/2016

This review is from: Mediasonic ProRaid HUR5-SU3 2 Bay 3.5" SATA Hard Drive Enclosure

Pros: • Very compact design with a small footprint. Simplistic, yet attractive too.
• Very easy to get started. Follow the short instruction sheet to ensure you don’t skip the most important step - confirm your RAID selection during first power-on!
• Holds two desktop 3.5” drives or two laptop 2.5” drives, or a combination of both. However, 2.5” drives will not be secured with screws, so avoid moving the box while it’s powered up. Note, RAID1 will require identical drives.
• Hardware RAID that supports up to 8TB capacities using GPT. MBR is also supported for 2TB and smaller disks. All SATA 1, 2 and 3 interfaces are compatible. Also supports UASP and SMART.
• USB3.0 interface lets you connect to a PC or other networked device with USB to create a network accessible FTP or SMB share. Much cheaper than buying a true stand-alone NAS.
• Front facing status indicator LED’s aren’t too bright or distracting.
• Easy to upgrade firmware – Download the updater tool from MediaSonic’s website and run it.
• 1-year warranty
• Awesome price during Newegg daily deal plus $10 instant promo – came to $40 shipped

Cons: • No LAN port, so cannot function as a NAS without a dedicated connection to a PC or other device.
• No 2.5” drive bracket adapters to secure the drives into the enclosure.
• Small 60mm 2-watt exhaust fan.
• No way to monitor disk temperatures.

Other Thoughts: The HUR5-SU3 was detected in Windows device list as a Western Digital My Book Duo WDBLWE, which must share a hardware controller with this same MediaSonic device. But, I bet I paid a lot less for it!

The Notes section of the quick installation page references a website for additional product information that no longer exists – usbex.com/r52x-01

The Notes section also tells you to visit the product website for a complete HDD compatibility list. However, I am still unable to find one. I was curious if this device supports 10,000 rpm disks, so I sent MediaSonic an email asking if high performance drives are compatible and their response was, “it may work, but the problem is the single fan on HUR5, will not be able to cool the hard drive.” So, yes, but no?

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Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Good budget SSD with a great price 07/09/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5" 240GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SP240GBSS3S55S25FR

Pros: Price per capacity, the S55 240GB TLC SSD is probably the most cost effective 2.5” 240GB SSD on the market. Cheaper than the Kingston V300, Crucial M500, SanDisk Ultra-II, and Corsair Force LS. It is also more bang for the buck than the slightly larger SSDs in this performance segment at 250/256GB – SanDisk Z400s, Samsung 750 EVO, ADATA SP600. In other words, you simply cannot spend less money for 240GB of SSD performance than the Silicon Power S55! That makes this one very, very tough to beat.

Everyday performance is not too shabby either. Read speeds and write speeds compare to all other TLC SSDs of similar capacity at around 520MB/s and 490MB/s respectively. However, when the data becomes larger, performance drops quickly. Large file transfer jobs can throttle below 100MB/s after just 2-3GB of data. So, keep that in mind if you are looking for a storage drive instead of an OS drive.

This SSD is built on the triple-level NAND flash technology, aka TLC. This allows for higher density, but sometimes at the expense of performance! If it’s performance you’re after, look to MLC or SLC drives. Also, the S55 uses the Phison S10 controller – an industry proven reliable and solid chip that is very common in the mainstream SSD realm.

The S55 includes a 3-year warranty on failures. With SSDs, if it’s going to fail, it will probably do so in the first month or two. After that, you should be good for 5-10+ years of normal use.

Cons: Firmware updating is supposed to be fairly easy with a downloadable software package from Silicon Power’s website. However, you’ll need a 3rd party extraction tool to unzip the .rar file they provide you. The software version is 1.00, and it is not exactly bug free. On each attempt to upgrade the firmware from v12.2, I get a “LockVolume Failed” error message. There is no help menu or troubleshooting links, so I guess I’m on my own.

The stamped thin metal housing that holds the PCB in place is incredibly flimsy. Due to the lackluster plastic retail packaging, my review sample had suffered some kind of damage in shipping, and thus was slightly bent in the center of the I/O edge. The structural integrity was pretty much compromised by the damage, and I was able to dismantle the entire case with minimal effort using my bare hands (there are no screws anywhere on the housing). Fortunately, the PCB and the I/O SATA connector were unharmed, and the SSD functions without issue.

Lastly, there are no accessories included with the drive (no bracket, no SATA cable, no hardware.)

Other Thoughts: This SSD is targeted at the very budget conscious casual PC user that is looking to upgrade an older machine from a conventional HDD (while using SATA-3 6gbps). You're not going to find this SSD at the top of any benchmark lists. Therefore, I would not use this drive for any type of large data that is being actively transferred. Long term storage would be acceptable though. However, I think the S55 is best served as an OS drive only.

Benchmark testing was done using CrystalDiskMark v3.0.3 x64, and ATTO Bench32 v2.47 on Windows 7 Professional.

Thank you to Newegg.com and Silicon Power for providing the review sample!

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