For the SSD of the Week today we have a relatively new competitor among the SSD marketplace. Eluktronics has just started dabbling with SSDs last year and was formed only 4 years ago. We have tested the Eluktro Pro Performance SSDs which are their higher tiered line among the two that they currently have. We see with their SSDs that they are trying to be competitive in the market and make a name for themselves pricing their SSDs similar to bigger names.
The Eluktronic Eluktro Pro Performance comes in a 7mm 2.5” SATA III form factor and is available in the 120GB ($64.95), 240GB ($99.95), 250GB ($94.95), 480GB ($199.95), 500GB ($194.95), 960GB ($349.95) and 1TB ($369.95) capacities. This SSD uses two different controllers based on what capacity it is. For all capacities up to the 500GB they use the older SandForce’s SF-2281 controller while the 960GB/1TB capacities use the newly popular Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller. Therefore, the sequential read/write speeds are different between the two sets of capacities. You can see the variance here in our review of the SSD. However, the rated sequential speeds are up to 560MB/s read and 515MB/s write and the IOPS are rated for up to 90K. Furthermore, all models come with a 3-year USA based warranty and hassle-free technical support.
All in all, if you want a SSD on the cheaper side due to being third party that has relatively high sequential speeds for a SATA III form factor check out the…
Their web site didn’t list a physical address in the Contact section (red flag) so I checked the domain registration and found that it was private (second red flag). Finally back traced the phone number to a street address in Newark, DE and looked it up on Google map. Looks like a small industrial park on the outskirts of town. Hard to see a fab plant operating here.
I doubt this company is doing any real product development or manufacturing of SSDs but rather just buys excess inventory from other vendors and re-labels them for sale. The only SSDs that I know of that are assembled in the USA are Mushkin, Crucial and OWC.
Am I off base here ? Open up a few sample ones and see who the manufacturer is. If they’re able to get a hold of units with older 32nm toggle NAND it would be a rather attractive opportunity.
I’m sorry you felt our contact address was difficult to find. If you Google our company, the map to our retail location is the first result illustrated on the right hand side of the page. I’ve had our address added on our contact page as well, appreciate your input! I’m not sure if you are familiar with the Delaware area, but we are located off of Old Baltimore Pike which is one of the most popular locations for industrial businesses in Newark. The manufacturing plant which is not open to public, is located in Texas. As per TSSDR’s initial review, “Most of their flash comes from Asia, but their products are built and assembled in the USA.” We hope you’ll stop by to see us if you live near Delaware!
Eluktronics Inc, CEO
Well, it sounds like you’re using Avant Technology in Pflugerville, TX to do your SSD fabrication. Avant actually bought out Mushkin in 2011 and moved their operations to Pflugerville (near Austin). Definitely US made. Hope to see TSSDR do a in-depth product review soon.
You missed one? https://www.thessdreview.com/our-reviews/eluktronics-eluktro-pro-performance-ssd-review-250gb500gb1tb/
You’re right, I missed the embedded hot link to Aprils review.
Not liking the sandforce on smaller models. I mean, this thing is 5 years old now and known to cause trouble.
Also, whats up with the pricing ? Why is 250G cheaper than 240G ?
I have 7 Sandforce ssds all going strong so far with no problems or failures. 3 Kingston V300 before they did there infamous nand switch. 2 PNY Pro, and 2 Mushkin deluxe. 120gb to 480gb, one drive single, the rest in raid 0 for a couple of years now. I don’t understand why people bash Sandforce ssds. Furthermore
I have not had to upgrade not one of their firmware’s, not one!!!! If they start to fail then I might change my mind. I still think that if a ssd fails its bad nand not the controller. And the read speed and consistency bandwidth for Sandforce ssds are at the top of the charts as long as you use premium nand synchronous or toggle.
Well, i had struggles with every single sandforce drive i had. From freezing to bsods (still get those). All from different manufacturers.
Problem with Sandforce is, its filled with flaws. For example, _all_ of them experience reduction of write speeds over time.
Just do a test on a freshly secure erased drive and do the same test again in a few weeks time. Obviously test with incompressible data.
Than there is broken encryption, but thats not that big of an issue, since its still 128bit.
And infamous bsods. Yeah, they sorta patched those back in 2012, but they still present themselfs in certain configurations. I was lucky enough to get them on all 3 at some point.
Then there is broke power circuitry, which directly results in bsods.
Waking from sleep also presents issue for some.
First generation had incomplete sata spec implementation, which directly resulteted in incompatability with newer chipsets (like haswell).
Also compression (which in itself isnt all that bad) gives great oppurtunity to for manufactureres to cheat and do bait-and-switch tactis (like kingston).
The list goes on. Presonally i’ll never trust sandforce again.
Some of your problems sound like driver problems. I’ve read
countless ssd forums that say change this driver to that driver, use the latest Intel driver, don’t use the latest Intel driver, roll back to the old driver, maybe that’s your problems. I don’t think every Intel driver works on all systems.
But, I use the windows standard msahci driver, and the Amd raid driver for my motherboard. And when it works I leave it alone. If it’s not broke don’t fix it.
I tried countless drivers and nothing helps. Besides, those ssds are on different systems (from core2duo to 1155) and all experience same bsods (albeit with different frequency).
Its defenetly a problem with ssd. Non sandforce drives cause me no trouble.
Its a broken design, that they managed to patch somehow in firmware. Its still broken, it just happen to work okay on most systems.
We produce more of the 250GB & 500GB rather than the 240GB & 480GB which allows tighter margins on the respected capacities. We wanted to offer every option for consumers who intend to setup a RAID configuration to match a capacity they already own. We’ve had great success with the SandForce controller thus far, but we have a 256GB & 512GB capacity option coming to market in the next few weeks which will feature the same Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller as our 960GB & 1TB SSD.