Silicon Power Slim S80 240GB SSD Review – A Price-to-Performance Sweet Spot

Silicon Power has been in business since 2003 and is a world-leading producer of flash memory cards, USB drives, card readers, DRAM modules, portable hard drives, and more recently solid-state drives. Back in September of last year, they announced their latest SATA 6Gb/s SSD, the Slim S80 series. Today we have on hand a 240GB version for review.

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S80 SPECIFICATIONS, PRICING, AND AVAILABILITY

Silicon Power’s Slim S80 is offered in six capacity points – 32GB, 64GB, 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB. As of the date of this report, the 960GB is selling on Amazon for $499.99, the 480GB are at $230.99, and the 240GB is being offered for only $89.99. This puts the 240GB at an amazing 0.37/GB!

The Slim S80 measures 100mm long X 69.85mm wide X 7mm thick, and weighs 79g. It offers a feature set that has become a fairly standard offering in consumer SSDs, including support for garbage collection routines and the TRIM command, wear-leveling and S.M.A.R.T. drive performance and health monitoring attributes, ECC error correction for data transmission reliability, and is NCQ and RAID-ready. Silicon Power claims “low power consumption” for the Slim S80, but no specifics are provided on the Slim S80 product page specifications section. Silicon Power is backing the Slim S80 with a three-year warranty.

PACKAGING AND CONTENTS

The motif of the packaging of The Silicon Power Slim S80 is one of white, red and gold. The front of the packaging shows the model and capacity, the maximum read and write performance, as well as several of its features and the Silicon Power slogan of “Memory is Personal.”

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The rear of the package lists the features in more detail, as well as a model and serial number label, and a QR code in the upper right corner. The features are listed in three languages, and we also see that the Slim S80 is a product of Taiwan.

SP S80 package contents edited

Included in the package is the Slim S80, a 3.5” drive bay adapter, a 7mm to 9.5mm spacer, the installation guide, and a small clear plastic bag containing the drive mounting screws.

The Slim S80 is housed in a black metal case with a white, red and gold label on the front specifying it as a 240GB model.

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The rear of the case is completely blank, and does not even sport the expected warranty seal across the two halves of the case.

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