Model: Silicon Power XPOWER XS70 1TB PCIe 4.0 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).

Earlier this year, Silicon Power unveiled its latest PCIe 4.0 SSD, the XPOWER XS70. Designed with hardcore PC and console gamers in mind, this M.2 form factor drive is powered by Phison's PS5018-E18 controller and is available with up to 4TB of Micron's 176-layer 3D TLC NAND flash. The XS70 also features a DRAM cache buffer for improved performance as well as support for low density parity check (LDPC) and RAID engine technology for enhanced data integrity and stability. To top it all off, the XS70 is equipped with a unique heatsink that is inspired by the gills of a shark as well as an ultra-fast PCIe Gen4 x4 NVMe 1.4 interface to deliver data transfer rates that are twice as fast as most PCIe 3.0 SSDs.

The XS70 is available in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities. For this review, Silicon Power sent us the 1TB version of the drive which is capable of delivering up to 7,300 MB/s sequential read and 6,800 MB/s sequential write speeds.

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the XS70 has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at Silicon Power's new PCIe 4.0 SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the XS70 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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