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Solidata K8 1920E 2TB SSD Review – Highest Capacity 2.5″ Form Factor SSD To Date

Solidata K8-1920E FeaturedEver since SSDs were introduced to the retail market back in 07, one of the main complaints has always been capacity.  After all, the first SSD releases were only 32 and 64GB.

The hopes of one day seeing the performance of an SSD coupled with the capacity of a hard drive has grown and, too many, we think our analysis of the new Solidata K8-1920E 2TB SSD might be welcome news.

To say that 2TB SSDs are somewhat of a niche product is a bit of an understatement.  With such capacity,  a performance bump can be expected in comparison to the 500MB/s SSDs of today and the price tag…another given.  No matter how we look at it though, this has got to be the smallest form factor 2TB SSD ever manufactured and that is very encouraging.

SPECIFICATIONS

The Solidata K8-1920E SSD is a SATA 2 SSD and was created specifically for those in need of a high capacity solid state drive.  It lists performance at 230MB/s read and 200MB/s write with up to 6000 IOPS at low 4k random disk access.

1920 Exterior Front1920 Exterior BackOn the disk itself, warranty is reflected as two years whereas, we can see it listed at three years on the exterior packaging.  This SSD is a special order item and available today.  Solidata hasn’t committed to an exact price but states that it will be in the range of $5000.

COMPONENTS

The Solidata K8-1920 E SSD is as ‘LSI SandForce Driven’ as it can get and sports four SF-1222 flash storage processors (FSP) on its PCB. Along with this is are 16 Micron MLC NAND flash memory chips (MT29F512G08CUCABH3) on each side of the PCB for a total of 32.

Solidata K8-1920E SSD PCB Front

 These memory modules are 64 GB each in capacity for an SSD high total of 2048GB.  As with all LSI SandForce SSDs, a small amount of the memory remains proprietary for over provisioning and firmware needs, 128GB in this case.  Final formatting leaves the user with availability of up to 1788GB of storage.

1920 PCB Back

The Solidata K8-1920E SSD also contains a JMicron JMB393 1-5 port SATA II RAID-5 Controller which acts as a 4 port SATA hub.  If you can imagine, there are actually, 4 x 480GB ‘LSI SandForce’ SSDs being fed through the hub and recognized as a single 1920GB SSD by the system.

Disk Info

About Les Tokar

is a technology nut and Founder of The SSD Review. His early work includes the first consumer SSD review along with MS Vista, Win 7 and SSD Optimization Guides. Les is fortunate to, not only evaluate and provide opinion on consumer and enterprise solid state storage but also, travel the world in search of new technologies and great friendships. Google+
  • asdf-togo

    way too expensive, getting 4 480gb sandforce async for same performance is around 1200-1400, this is 4x that cost lol. may as well grab two of those crucial 960gb at 1200, better solution and much faster performance, right?

    • Charles

      >4x the footprint though, when you count in the RAID controller.
      This product is most certainly very niche, but oh well.

    • ZZD

      That’s the notion, you could line them up in raid zero and couple it with a high end graphics card and turbo cloaked CPU then it’s like rocketing performance through the stratosphere. Amazing stuff, can’t wait to build a system based on these specs like described in http://ssd480.com

  • Cape Dave

    I’ll take two :) Actually, it does not a thing for me. An 840 Pro is likely next for me. And maybe not as I am liking my Vector pretty good. Dave

  • son

    oh?my?good

  • http://www.futurestorage.co.uk/ Phil Robins

    Don’t forget that this is a niche product and not to be compared to consumer SSD such as a Samsung 840 – nobody needs 2TB of SSD storage for storing videos and games etc – this is for use where only 1 disk slot is available – or to give maximum storage for the physical size – high end video recording cameras, SAN appliances where physical space is key – it’s not really for the desktop user – Great pro review from Les!

    • chiefdre

      the Samsung is way better with controller and speed, especially in RAID.

      this is just a product to get fast money out of rich suckers.
      you only pay for the size ,

      but i don’t mind ,cause i’m not a sucker.
      and it will make the other drives cheaper

    • chiefdre

      and 2 TB is nothing special.

      nowdays everyone wants a few TB for video’s , a High quality blue ray movie can easy be 10GB or more.
      and i got games that are 30 Gb and more.

      so maybe you got a shitty desktop and don’t need it .
      but dont speak for my desktop and what i need.

  • DInu

    Is this 2TB drive already available in the market? I could not find this specification in solidata website. How can I validate this information?

  • John Smith (The none American)

    Too Expensive and Short Life , ill stick to my HyperX Force.

    • Pharo

      Warranty length =/= How long it will function before breaking.

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