Apotop S3C SSD, Silicon Motion's new controller for less than $0.50/GB

Subject: Storage | September 12, 2014 - 05:30 PM |
Tagged: SM2246EN, S3C, mlc, Apotop

The Apotop S3C SSD uses the same controller as the Angelbird drive Al reviewed recently.  It uses synchronous MLC NAND with the 4 channel present on the Silicon Motion controller and is able to provide more than the specified 490 MB/s read and 275 MB/s write in some benchmarks.  It can often read faster than the wrk SSD but the writes cannot always keep up though it is not something likely to be noticeable in real usage scenarios.  The MSRP is very attractive with the 512GB model expected to be released at $200.  Silicon Motion is likely to start appearing in a lot more SSDs in the near future with this mix of price and performance.  Read the full review at Kitguru.

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"The new Apotop S3C SSD features the Silicon Motion 2246EN controller which we first reviewed in the Angelbird 512GB wrk SSD back in August this year. The controller impressed us, so we have already high hopes for the Apotop S3C."

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Source: KitGuru

September 13, 2014 | 05:00 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Could you guys at PCPer stop jizzing your pants every time yet another 256 / 512 GB SSD comes out with a sort of good price-storage ratio?
The capacity, the file transfer performance and the price per GB are all old and/or not the best. 256 / 512 GB is old news. SATA3 performance is old news. $.5/GB is old news and not even the best for drives compared to drives that have been out a year AND have twice the capacity.

Instead of being excited for the 9000th time for 512GB SSDs with a higher price per GB than the one-year-old 1TB Samsung 840 EVO we should be getting excited about 2TB SATA3 SSDs, or affordable 512GB / 1TB PCIe SSDs.

Currently the best thing on the market in terms of total capacity, price, performance and price per GB is the 1TB Samsung 840 EVO.
When an SSD comes out that clearly beats this, you have my permission to jizz your pants. (that was a The Dark Knight Rises reference).

September 13, 2014 | 11:46 AM - Posted by QD (not verified)

It's nice to see this price trend coming out- a LOT of people will go for cheaper and this should help sway the high end market to try lower prices to find that sweet spot that volume sales can bring.

September 14, 2014 | 07:26 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

As long as it can outperform a hard drive on writes, and can be used in an external USB 3.0 enclosure, it may be fine for system image backups. A Samsung for the internal laptop drive bay, and this SSD for quick backups, from internal hard drives/SSDs. Or two or three of these low cost SSDs, in a NAS and configured RAID 0, with the ability to internally transfer inside the NAS box to three RAID 1, or safer RAID, high capacity hard drives, sort of lake a disk cache, hierarchical disk storage system. What is the MTBF on this SKU, and will it be more overprovisioned?

September 15, 2014 | 02:58 AM - Posted by razor512

What kind of flash memory is being used? are they going with NAND that will simply fail with minimal use because of crap write endurance?

I don't mind spending more for an SSD if it means that I do not have to constantly be worried about how many writes an application is making to the SSD.

September 15, 2014 | 03:40 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

synchronous MLC as I mentioned, maker unknown.  There is a 3 year warranty so I doubt it will fail the second you use it.