BIWIN S836 Elite SATA 3 120GB SSD Review – Top Vantage Performance Achieved


Our analysis today will be conducted with our Z68 Extreme 7 Test Bench, full description of which can be found here.

In testing, our main objective is to obtain results as pure and as accurate as possible and we want to ensure that no anomalies slip through. Simply put, we want to provide you with the absolute best results the tested hardware can provide. Repetition in testing is standard and, if necessary, we may conduct specific tests in Windows 7 safe mode to ensure the OS has little to no influence on the end result.

In order to validate and confirm our findings, testing is supported by industry accepted benchmark programs. All results are displayed through capture of the actual benchmark for better understanding of the testing process by the reader.

blankWe would like to thank ASRock (Z68 Extreme 7), Intel (Core i7-2600), Crucial (Ballistix), Corsair (H80), Be Quiet (PSU/Fans), and Fractal design (Define XL) for supporting the build of our Z68 Extreme 7 Test Bench.


All SSDs are not created equal and many new SSD enthusiasts realize that when they test their new drive to confirm specifications and ensure all is in order. SandForce controlled SSDs, as in the BIWIN S836 Elite SATA 3 120GB SSD we are testing today, use compression techniques in storage whereas many others do not. This creates a bit of confusion when enthusiasts test the drive with random data through benchmarking programs such as AS SSD and Crystal Diskmark. The results seem to be lower than the listed specifications.

blankThe results actually present a false portrayal of the drives ability when compared to other drives such as Samsung, Crucial or Intel. It is for this reason that all of our comparison testing is done through PCMark Vantage. PCMark Vantage HDD Suite simply provides evaluation results based on transfer speeds reached through typical user patterns. Vantage provides a better testing medium, in that, it sees through the typical synthetic benchmarks and provides us with true to life results of the drive.


The software we will be using for todays analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consist of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal DiskMark, AS SSD, Anvil Storage Utilities and PCMark Vantage.  We rely on these as they each have a way of supporting one another yet, at the same time, adding a new performance benchmark to the total picture.  Much of the software is free and can be downloaded simply by clicking on the linked title.


ATTO Disk Benchmark is perhaps one of the oldest benchmarks going and is definitely the main staple for manufacturer performance specifications. ATTO uses RAW or compressible data and, for our benchmarks, we use a set length of 256mb and test both the read and write performance of various transfer sizes ranging from 0.5 to 8192kb. Manufacturers prefer this method of testing as it deals with raw (compressible) data rather than random (includes incompressible data) which, although more realistic, results in lower performance results.

blankListed specifications are 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write which are as close as you can expect to the posted results of 556MB/s and 518MB/s.


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    Good performance…check
    Sizable company…check
    Great looks…check

    Looks like one to keep an eye on for sure.

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    OEM/ODM is their main focus of business

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    I’ve heard of Biwin

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    I know Biwin. They are big in NAND industry.

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    I need more data such as whitepapers

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    having trouble installing Win 7, had to go back to setup and delete the partitions and reinstall 7 again. Does this put a lot of wear on the SSD? I know multiple reading and writing wears them out. Someone give me a piece of mind that I didn’t do something terrifying!!

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      Dont worry; things will be fine. SSDs are not, by any means fragile. I have run one ofver with my truck as a matter of fact to prove a point some time ago.

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        I guess even if I do restore a full drive everday, wear should not be a significant problem. Hopefully I can get at least a decade before the NAND is worn out.

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    I want to upgrade my SSD and enable TRIM with a Non-Apple SSD. TRIM support does not get enabled by default. Had to go through terminal commands that I copied and pasted in the OS X Lion operating system.

    Got a hold of ‘how to guide’ walk through process of enabling TRIM support in a OS X Lion environment.

    Guide based on instructions digital_dreamer published on insanelymac forums.

    3 Steps:

    1. Make back up of original IOAHCIBlockStorage file called IOAHCIBlockStorage.original.
    Enter system password using “sudo”command, since modifying system files. Copy and
    paste code to terminal window.
    2. Code patches IOAHCIBlockStorage file, removes requirements to SSD made by Apple.
    Copy & paste (should take less than a second).
    3. Last step loads new patched file into the kernal. Terminal window takes about 10-15 sec
    before a new line apprears.

    Now reboot your system and verify TRIM is enabled through System Information on Serial-ATA device listing. Enable TRIM support.

    To enable TRIM on an OS X Lion system requires an SSD that supports TRIM is installed. Enabling TRIM for long term sustained performance.

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    Do you have an enterprise solution?
    I’m not currently using OCZ Vertex for my desktop SSD.

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    Do they have any embedded products?

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