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


The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications

If you are new to testing and considering benchmark software, this is the best you can get because the program goes well beyond the results of simulated testing as we have already done. In comparing SATA 2.0 SSDs, we have reached the bandwidth limit and the performance of most new SATA 2 SSDs is as high as it can get with typical high sequential access speeds in the area of 280MB/s read and 270MB/s write.


We needed a way to differentiate these drives and to find a method that can actually put one drive above another and this is exactly what Vantage testing does. Its tests combined can provide an accurate comparison between drives and its tests individually can assist a smart shopper in finding the best SSD for their needs. Next to actual true to life testing which can take an insurmountable length of time, PCMark Vantage is the only program that can compare any SSD, side by side, regardless of SATA interface or controller in use.


The S386 Elite finished testing with a total score of 67901 points and a high transfer speed of 410MB/s when working with Media Center.  This is the highest score achieved by any 120GB to date and says alot about the caliber of the S386.

blankOur Hierarchy chart consists of all new gen SATA 3 SSDs that we have tested to date and is based solely on PCMark Vantage HDD Suite Total Point results:



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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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