Wintec Filemate SolidGo Silver 60GB SSD

Posted by on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 6:57am

Wintec Filemate SolidGo Silver 60GB SSDThe new Silver series SolidGo drive we will take a look at today is based on the J-Micron JMF602 controller. Wintec wanted the drive to be affordable so this is the reasoning for using the controller. The numbers that we see from this unit is moderate at best but well enough for a entry level drive. According to Wintec the drive has a read/write of 160MB's and 90MB/s respectfully. This numbers are slightly better than the new Kingston V boot drive we are seeing a lot of reviews on. But in the case of the Wintec model you get 20 more gigs.

 

 

 

Introduction to the Wintec Filemate SolidGo Silver 60GB SSD

One of the things that I love about Wintec is their dedication to make digital media affordable and functional. One of the most useful devices I have used personally from any review I have done in the years of running Pro-Clockers is the Filemate Card-It-All. This little collection of media adapters and a microSD has been in everything of mine from cell to digital camera. And I am sure plenty of you out there can find many more areas in which to use it. Our next product from Wintec has dual purposes as well. The SolidGo SSD from the Silver series is an inexpensive solid state drive that can be use as a primary boot drive or be connected to a system via the embedded microUSB plug.

Solid state storage drives has become the must have device inside a PC in recent months. Easily one of the biggest upgrades that you will find to increase the performance of your system. Pricing has been the reason why many of us have not jumped on the wagon. Even with the decrease in pricing lately this drive can still cost you easily $200 for a mere 64GB drive. Wintec like many other companies make a few series of drives beginning with the budget low cost models using multi-level cell (MLC) to the more expensive higher performance single-level cell or SLC. Each will give your a noiseless drive while providing you with durable and incredible read and write times that a mechanical drive can not touch.

The new Silver series SolidGo drive we will take a look at today is based on the J-Micron JMF602 controller. Wintec wanted the drive to be affordable so this is the reasoning for using the controller. The numbers that we see from this unit is moderate at best but well enough for a entry level drive. According to Wintec the drive has a read/write of 160MB's and 90MB/s respectfully. This numbers are slightly better than the new Kingston V boot drive we are seeing a lot of reviews on. But in the case of the Wintec model you get 20 more gigs.

Wintec take on the SolidGo Silver SSD

The FileMate SolidGO 2.5” SATA SSD with Mini USB 2.0 drive delivers the performance of Solid State technology with embedded bad-block management and wear-leveling. These features, plus the lower power consumption, make the SolidGO drive an ideal solution for applications requiring durability. For ultimate flexibility, the SolidGO drive includes a mini USB 2.0 connector, so it can double as a portable external hard drive.


 

 

Specifications

 

 

Capacity 60GB
Read Speed 160MB/s
Write Speed 90MB/s

Features

2.5” Form Factor
SATA II interface
Mini USB 2.0 connector
No moving parts
Shock and vibration resistant
Low access latency
Fast sequential and random read speed
Lower power consumption

Closer look at the SolidGo Silver SSD

The SolidGo does not come with a adapter or bridges like some of the other manufacturer's unit to make the transition from 2.5" drives to 3.5" drive bays. But this unit does some with a nice rubber shell to protect it from any type of damage from surrounding items when used as an external storage device. The rubber boot also protect the drive from accidental dropping. And if you tend to use this model via the USB port a small hole is provided in the rubber shell to allow for the USB able to make contact. If you are planning to use the unit internally you will have to remove the shell as the SATA and power connections are not exposed.

Removing the shell gives you access to the other connections of the drive. Available are the typical SATA and power connections. Missing are the pins that are necessary to upgrade the firmware of the drive. Taking the top off the SolidGo we see what the unit is made of. As mentioned earlier the unit is controlled by a JMF JMicron controller and a collection of NAND with 29F32G08AAMD2 markings. Our research lead us to believe these are Intel modules.


Testing Methodology

The testing of a SSD is not at complex as say ram or a motherboard. Because this is new technology there are not many benchmark suites out there to test them in the way they are suppose to be used. However, we are taking the most popular of the benchmark applications available to get you some idea of how fast the read and writes of these jobs are. Microsoft's Windows Vista and Seven are the ideal solutions for such a drive, but we decided to go with the latter of the two as Seven is the future. The current release candidate of the product is about as close to the actually release as it gets, so we decided to load our test bench with it.

Testing Hardware:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58
Processor: Intel Core i7 920
Ram:OCZ Blade DDR3 PC12800 6GB Tri-Channel
Video Card: XFX HD 4770
HDD: Seagate 7200.11
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 1000
Case: Open Air
Cooling: Coolermaster 212 Plus
OS: Windows 7 RC

Competition:
Western Digital VeclioRapter 150GB
OCZ Agility Series 120GB SSD
Apacer A7 Turbo 64GB


Testing of the SolidGo Silver

Sisoftware Sandra 15.12

SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.


HD Tune Pro 3.50

HD Tune Pro is an extended version of HD Tune which includes many new features such as: write benchmark, secure erasing, AAM setting, folder usage view, disk monitor, command line parameters and file benchmark.


CrystalDiskMark 2.7.4

CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows to measure sequential and random read/write speeds.


ATTO


Conclusion

The Wintec SolidGO Silver 64GB is a great starter solid state drive. The read and write are respectable for those that are looking for a drive that is more dependable that any mechanical hard drive. I view the SolidGo as a good boot drive one that would compete with the Kingston 40GB drive that was recently released. But in the case of the Filemate model you get more storage capacity than the Kingston offering for a slightly higher price. Speaking of price I visited a few online fronts and saw the SolidGo for less than $125. Not too bad when we are accustom to seeing drives of this size easily go for over $200.

I stated above that the SolidGo drive has respectable numbers when it comes to read and write. They are as follow read is 160MB/s and write is 90MB/s. These are not the fastest you will find on the market but well enough to see an improvement over your typical mechanical drive. If you are looking for speed you may want to look at this model from Wintec. Which has a read/write times of 250/190MB/s respectfully. The drive is back a JMicron controller according to our research and Intel NAND. The combination makes for the SolidGO moderate timings.

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