The interior components are a bit more interesting. Right off, the Phison S8 chip stands out and is noticeable by its slightly darker hue. Next to the controller, we have the Nanya DRAM buffer:
The Toshiba 24nm (Type B) mlc Toggle Mode NAND flash chips dominate the right side of the PCB, totaling 512GB in capacity at 64GB per chip:
Keep in mind that the S8 is Phison’s first serving of SATA 3.0 integration in their controllers, hence the performance speeds of 500MB/s read and 300MB/s write. Once installed, the actual capacity of the BP3 is reduced to 476GB on formatting.
Statistically speaking, SandForce driven SSDs are on top of the hill when it comes to raw performance, hence the extra premium for that particular controller. The Phison S8 is is expected to achieve lower results but don’t let the word “budget” fool you. Going through the review, you will find that the price/performance ratio of the BP3 yields a tantalizing bargain.