China’s BIWIN has been a player on the flash storage market for quite some time now, and has a solid reputation. As such, BINWIN’s recent introduction of the Pro series, geared towards the high-performance SSD market, has garnered a lot of attention. TrendForce tested the BIWIN Pro BWDSA25MCB-120 and BIWIN Pro BWDSA25MCB-060; both use the SandForce SATA II controller (serial number SF-1222), and IMFT (Intel/Micron)’s 25mm NAND flash chip.
BIWIN’s SSD products are divided into the Industrial, Elite, Pro, and Smart series, each targeted at a different application field. The following test was conducted on the Pro series, suited for average, mid-high performance notebooks. BIWIN has also established long-term cooperation with other flash OEMs like Samsung, Micron, Toshiba, Intel, Hynix, etc.
With a metal case, SATA II connector, and orange protective cap, the Pro series boasts a decent external appearance.
As for the motherboard, we used Intel’s newest chipset, pairing the high-performance Intel i5 CPU and DDR3 internal storage, with Windows 7 as the testing platform.
The following are the test results:
AS SSD Benchmark
AS SSD Benchmark is a new SSD testing tool that provides good benchmark results as it gives an overall performance score; it gave the Pro series a rating of 436, a leading score amongst SandForce SATA II products.
In CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1’s “zero fill” mode, highest sequential write speed was 260.6 MB/s, and highest sequential read speed was 268.5 MB/s, a realization of the superb controller and flash chip combination. Even in standard mode, write speed was still over 100 MB/s.
HDTune Pro v4.60e
HDTune Pro measured highest average read and write speeds of 220.7 MB/s and 138.1 MB/s, respectively.
High Price-Performance Ratio, Suitable for Average Notebook Use
IO Meter results were 8611.506658 IOPS, a mid-high level score.
As the SATA II SSD products are relatively mature, the market has been segmented into 3 categories: high-performance (260-280MB/s read rates), mid-level (220-230MB/s), and bargain (lower than 200MB/s) SSD products.
The BIWIN Pro BWDSA25MCB-120 provides an ample amount of storage capacity and mid-high performance at a reasonable price. With a high performance-price ratio, it is suitable for the average notebook user. For users with higher performance needs, products from BIWIN’s Elite series and up are recommended, as they boast SATA III specifications and were developed for desktops and notebooks that support SATA 6.0 Gb/s.
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