Silicon Power E10 and M10 SSDs
Published: 26th February 2010 | Source: Silicon Power | Price: £TBC |
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.
- Unique styling. The M10 Carbon look is especially nice.
- Packaging is flimsy.
- The capacities on test are tiny.
- With absolutely no pricing information to go on, it's impossible to draw a firm conclusion.