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Silicon Power Marvel M70 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (128GB) Review

Rarely does one find them self searching through shelves at a store trying to find the best USB flash drive. You have one goal and your focused on that: capacity. Things like looks and speed are sure to follow. What would you say if we told you that you could have all of that and more? How about a USB flash drive with  incredible capacity, quick speeds, gorgeous looks and has a decent price tag to boot? Nope, were not joking … welcome the newest gadget to be added to your holiday wish list! Silicon Power Marvel M70 USB 3.0 Flash Drive, at a whopping 128 GB capacity!

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FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS

The Marvel M70 USB 3.0 Flash Drive has a zinc alloy casing, a feel that you will notice immediately. Unlike other USB drives, this flash drive feels solid and has a luxurious look about it! Silicon Power has positioned this drive to be ergonomic, with easy use with one hand. This is referring to the retractable USB connection that limits the extent of dirt and debris that could get mixed up with the drive.

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The Marvel M70 Flash Drive is available in three capacities: 32, 64 and 128 GB. According to Amazon, these drives are priced at $18.99, $31.99 and $54.99, respectively. On top of that, with each drive you get Silicon Power’s lifetime warranty!

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Today we are reviewing the 128GB capacity Marvel m70, which Silicon Power has listed the top speeds of 240 MB/s for read and 80 MB/s for write. The 64 GB is capable of the same write speeds, but drops down 10 points to 230 MB/s for read. The 32 GB has read speeds of up to 200 MB/s and write speeds of up to 40 MB/s.

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Additionally, the Silicon Power Marvel M70 is backwards compatible to USB 2.0. This means that if your USB port on your computer is not blue in colour, then you can still use the drive. You will just receive that annoying notification from Windows letting you know that the drive can perform faster in a USB 3.0 port. If your computer is not equipped with the latest USB technology, then we encourage you to have a look at our report of the HighPoint 4-Port HBA. This PCIe expansion card easily allows you to add four additional USB ports to your system, as well as the addition of USB 3.0 technology.

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When you purchase the drive, you also get access to a free download of the SP Widget, which provides you with seven bake-up and security functions. You also get access to Recuva File Recovery, which lets you try to recover those lost, deleted files.

  • alireza

    i have this flash memory
    coteroller is phison ps2251-03
    flash nand is toshiba mlc
    and this flash is very good

    • Benjamin Hojnik

      Thanks for that. Can you check if flash is TLC or MLC ?

      Pro tip:
      You guys at tssr should use chipgenius for every flash product you review. It gives out controller and flash information, which is always a nice thing to know 🙂

      • alireza

        this flash memory speed is between 60 untill 70 mbps so TLC can not give this speed by ps2251-03 and ithink for usb memory conteroller phison and siliconmotion and etron is better than another conteroller

      • Benjamin Hojnik

        Sure it can. Actually, 60–70MB/s is pretty low for 128GB MLC.

        You can always check with chipgenius to be sure.

      • alireza alizadeh

        oh yes this softwar is very good

        this is finaly result

        Chip Vendor: Phison

        Chip Part-Number: PS2251-03(PS2303) – F/W 01.12.10 [2014-08-26]

        Flash ID Code: 8984643C – Intel [MLC]

  • One reason to choose write speed over capacity (and flashy looks) is that a 16MB Drive with very fast write speeds will hold an entire Operating System (like a ‘Rescue Disk’, BackTrack, or even a Linux Server).

    For Photos you may want a huge capacity, for video you certainly will.

    If you want to use the Drive as an Operating System’s Boot Drive (or even to run a Program installed on the Drive, that writes to the Drive) then write speed is your friend (what you seek).

    The Drives with the high cost (and write speed) are RAID Drives (and thus that explains the lower capacity) and some feature FIPS encryption and Fingerprint Scanner (for U$200, like the ;Imation Defender F200 Biometric 16GB Model 27817′). There are even WiFi USB Flash Drives (in case you’re too lazy to pull it out of your Pocket and plug it in). Some of these fancy Drives (from ‘Big Name’ Mfgs.) are less than U$50 (for 16MB); a worthwhile investment in coolness if not security.

    You Review the “Supertalent USB 3.0 Express Dram?Disk” here: http://www.thessdreview.com/featured/supertalent-usb-3-0-express-dram-disk-review/ — You Article says this about that Drive:

    ” It is available in capacities of 8, 16 and 32GB and Amazon pricing now reflects prices of $12, $18 and $56. Advertised performance is 5388MB/s read and 4041MB/s write, but we have reached performance speeds well above that in our benchmark software.”.

    With that Drive you can load an OS onto it and use it to boot a Computer, with the result that it will run faster than it did on it’s native Drives.

    Paying extra to get write speed in this format (style, type) of Drive makes sense. It is for “SD Cards” (for Cameras) that you need only pay for enough speed to suit your Camera’s data rate, and would probably benefit from increased capacity.

    I can load VMWare and a couple of OSes on a 32GB Drive with room to spare, never needed a larger Drive but always wanted a faster one (especially for random write speed).

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