Every once in a while, Silicon Power introduces a new SSD. In April, the manufacturer of SSDs and flash memory cards introduced the Velox V60, a SATA 6 Gbps model based on the familiar LSI-SandForce SF-2281 controller. It is now July and Silicon Power has developed a new Velox V70 model. Because the new drive is based on the same controller, it won't be much faster than the previous model.
With this in mind, it's remarkable that Silicon Power claims that the new model will completely 'rewite' the SSD experience. While the use of a new generation synchronized MLC flash memory chips will undoubtedly increase the performance of the SSD, it won't result in a big difference. Part of this is due to the limits of the SATA 6 Gbps interface, which limits the LSI-SandForce controller to a maximum speed of roughly 550 MB/s. The new Velox V70 writes compressible data at up to 507 MB/s.
The Velox V70 SSD's have a 9 mm high gold-coloured casing. This makes the SSD compatible with virtually every notebook, except for the smallest models that only support 7 mm 2.5" drives. A 2.5" to 3.5" bracket is bundled, allowing the drive to be installed in a regular desktop chassis as well. While prices have yet to be revealed, they will undoubtedly be similar to competing models.
Silicon Power launches new Velox V70 SSD with faster memory chips