Silicon Power E10 and M10 SSDs

Conclusion

Conclusion

As we said in the intro, Solid State Drives are always popular and high on the list of wants. One of the main reasons that they haven't taken off in the manner their performance warrants is the old two-fold problem. They are very expensive compared to mechanical drives, and capacities are very limited.

The Silicon-Power drives on test today unfortunately fail on two of those three points.

Without question their performance is all we'd expect from high-end drives. The M10 is exceptionally solid and consistent throughout all our testing. It's the nicer looking of the two, the higher capacity and has the added benefit of USB support. The E10 is a pure speed machine with results consistently around the 200MB/s mark for read speeds and 150MB/s for write speeds.

That's the good news. The bad news is the other two points they fall down on. Although various capacities are available, neither of today's models are what anyone would consider large. Unless perhaps you're an ant. With no self-esteem. The E10 32GB is laughably small, barely containing Windows 7 and a few applications. Certainly it's the purest example of an OS drive. The M10 is slightly better at a bearable 64GB, and in its defence it's also intended as a portable drive. For that the capacity is spot on. Not quite so good as a main drive in a desktop system.

Finally the price. We don't know. This has to be a negative. Despite hunting and asking and seeking it appears that if anyone does sell these drives they are keeping it very secret, and even the Silicon-Power website doesn't give a RRP we could convert from one currency into GBP.

That fact alone makes drawing a conclusion exceptionally difficult. If these are priced around a lesser-known manufacturer/budget level, then they are worth considering. If the prices are remotely towards the many MANY manufacturers who produce Solid State Drives, then the sheer paucity of information makes them difficult to recommend over competing products.

Pros
- Unique styling. The M10 Carbon look is especially nice.
- Speed.

Mediocre
- Packaging is flimsy.
- The capacities on test are tiny.

Cons
- With absolutely no pricing information to go on, it's impossible to draw a firm conclusion.

Thanks to Silicon Power for supplying us with the M and E10. Discuss in our forums.

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Most Recent Comments

26-02-2010, 08:11:35

tinytomlogan
VonBlade quinches his thirst for reviewing hardware, this time by taking a look at some Silicon Power SSD's.



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08-03-2010, 18:10:16

bhaberle
I wonder how bad the degradation will be.

08-03-2010, 18:17:07

VonBlade
As they come complete with the firmware necessary to reduce wear, then no worse than any other SSD.

Although the name is not as well known, the important parts are Samsung and Intel. Nuff said.

08-03-2010, 18:29:37

bhaberle
Yeah. You can't go wrong with Samsung. They are known to do the best against degradation.

09-03-2010, 14:24:33

VonBlade
Then if you read the review you gain this information before hand. So you don't ask already answered questions

09-03-2010, 18:50:50

bhaberle
I was referring to firmware of the hard drive, not the physical parts. No need respond though. Thanks.

01-04-2010, 03:08:54

ULPResearch
Nothing about power usage of these SSD drives. Silicon Power is also silent about that on their web site. Low power usage means nothing if there is no specification. E.g. I have seen Kingston 2.5 inch SSD drives which could consume above 5Watt! You can find 5400rpm drives nowadays consuming less than 2 Watt and much less in idle state. This is significant issue for net- and notebooks.

08-12-2012, 15:02:17

Deadfire19
Are these better than todays SSDs?

08-12-2012, 17:49:24

yassarikhan786
Quote:
Originally Posted by Deadfire19 View Post
Are these better than todays SSDs?
Are you a troll reviving old threads or just some spam bot? If it's the latter I won't be expecting a reply
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