Model: Silicon Power Slim S80 480GB Solid State Drive
Manufacturer: Silicon Power
Provided By: Silicon Power

Silicon Power is a relatively new name in the storage industry. Founded in 2003 by a group of professionals specializing in international business, global marketing and technical engineering, the company has already established itself as one of Taiwan's top manufacturers. With an eye for attractive and versatile design, Silicon Power has built its brand around the concept that its customers deserve products that represent who they are in life and mirror their personality. The end result is a variety of uniquely designed storage products including USB flash drives, memory cards and solid-state drives (SSD).

One of the latest additions to Silicon Power's line of solid state drives is the Slim S80. Weighing only 79g and measuring 7mm in depth, the drive is designed to be an ideal upgrade solution for ultrabooks and ultra slim notebooks. The S80 is powered by Phison's PS3108-S8 controller and is available with up to 960GB of Toshiba's Toggle Mode MLC NAND to deliver faster boot up speeds, shorter application load times and higher reliability than traditional hard drives. The drive is also shock and vibration proof, and is equipped with ECC and wear leveling technologies to enhance data reliability, extend endurance and ensure consistent data storage.

For this review, Silicon Power sent us the 480GB version of the Slim S80. This SSD is capable of delivering up to 550 MB/s sequential read and 500 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as a maximum of 80,000 4K random write IOPS.

   Silicon Power Slim S80 480GB Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number SP480GBSS3S80S25
Capacity 480GB
Flash Type Toshiba Toggle Mode MLC NAND
Controller Phison PS3108-S8-I
Form Factor 2.5-inch
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s

Sequential Read 550 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 500 MB/s Max
Maximum 4K Random Write 80,000 IOPS

Shock 1500G
Vibration 20G peak

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 100 x 69.85 x 7 mm
Weight 79g

Other Features
Supports TRIM command and Garbage Collection technology
NCQ and RAID ready
Equipped with wear leveling to extend endurance
ECC technology to guarantee data transmission reliability
Built-in SMART monitoring system
Low power consumption
Shockproof and anti-vibration
Noiseless operation, no latency delay and no seek error
Three year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the Slim S80 has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at Silicon Power's new SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the S80 have what it takes? Can it deliver the value and performance we've come to expect from Silicon Power? Keep reading as we find out.

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