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


Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of raw (0/1 Fill/compressible) or random data which is, for the most part, incompressible. Many new SandForce Driven SSD owners who cant wait to test the performance of their SSD often grab this program and run a quick test, not realizing that they are testing with incompressible data rather than compressible data used in testing by manufacturers.  We have provided compressible (oFill) results on the left with incompressible (random data) results on the right.

blankThe 4k random write performance of 85MB/s is decent but we expected the high sequential write results from the result on the right, where highly compressible data was used for testing, to be somewhat higher as premium synchronous NAND flash memory is being used by the SSD.


Up until recently, AS SSD was the only benchmark created specifically for SSD testing and it uses incompressible data.  AS SSD, for the most part, gives us the worst case scenario in SSD transfer speeds while using SandForce Driven SSDs as they use compression in storage as discussed earlier.  Many enthusiasts like to benchmark with AS SSD for their needs.

blankblankThe AS SSD result backs up what we had seen above and adds a bit more with favorable disk access times, as well as, IOPS results that are a bit lower than advertised.  Anvil should help us out with pushing these IOPS scores up though.

blankAS SSD Copy Benchmark is a very simple ‘true to life’ benchmark program where files, similar to that of a ISO, program and game, are transferred from one point to another. The resulting time that the transfer takes and maximum transfer speed reached is shown which, in this case, is a great result.


Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta testing new benchmark software called Anvil Storage Utilities which is an absolutely amazing SSD benchmarking utility.  Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and utilize in our benchmark testing.

blankAnvil is probably the best in SSD benchmark testing and, as we can see, there are some very low disk access times (Resp. Time), nice transfer speeds and we can see that the IOPS, not only improved from what we saw of AS SSD but also, they even surpass the listed specifications by 15,000 IOPS.



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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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