REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The Solidata K8-1920E 2TB is the first of it’s kind to be made available and this is very encouraging. Many might have expected such a SSD to contain two PCBs within the casing, however, this SSD has demonstrated that it is possible to get 2TB of storage on a typical form factor SSD. There are four LSI SandForce FSPs that oversee 32 NAND flash memory chips and this configuration is necessary to both power the memory and enable decent SATA 2 performance. Worthy of mention is that energy consumption for this SSD is 1.5W idle and up to 4W active.
Performance is two fold, in that, it performs as expected when working with highly compressible data, but things differ significantly when working with highly incompressible data as one might see with professionals seeking an SSD for manipulating media. This case in point is very significant as this SSD is intended to be a storage medium that demonstrates a performance and storage upgrade from a similar 2TB hard drive. The difference between the 2TB SSD and the 2TB hard drive is significant. On the other hand, the Solidata 2TB K8-1920E SSD was not meant to be an application and media workhorse and we can’t see it fitting in as the OS and application drive of any media professional.
The price of the Solidata K8-1920E 2TB SSD must be spoken to. It is definitely well above what we expected and, quite frankly, I don’t see this as a $5000 SSD even as it sits in front of me. Solidata, we are going to have to bring it down just a bit, especially with other 2TB SSDs hoping to make their entrance soon enough. For now though, it get’s locked up in the safe until return.
Throughout the last few years here at TSSDR, we have actively pursued just about every SSD on the market for review, and on some occasions, manufacturers have declined the offer for various reasons to include low performance, high price or whatnot. Our opinion is that every SSD has its space and the Solidata K8-1920E 2TB SSD is a perfect example of exactly that.
Where many manufacturers may have held back on providing this SSD for review because of such things as lack of TRIM, performance in certain situations and even price, Solidata sees the benefit of promoting this product and we thank them sincerely for choosing our outlet as their exclusive source of review. To the typical user seeking a 2TB storage SSD, they will not observe a performance difference between this and any other SSD. They can expect their pocketbook to be much lighter however.
Strictly because of the ingenuity and engineering behind the Solidata K8-1920 E 2TB SSD, we have no difficulty whatsoever in awarding it with our Innovation Award.