REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
BIWIN may be a new name and a new company to North America but, with over 100, 000000 flash storage sales to date, they are definitely no new comer to the flash scene. A quick look at their product line shows their strength in the business and enterprise sector with SSDs available in 1.8″, 2.5″, mSATA, mSATA mini. half slim, as well as eMMC Embedded form factors.
The S836 Elite SSD is yet another of the LSI SandForce regime and this speaks to performance, durability and quality. There is no coincidence in the fact that all but two mainstream SSD manufacturers have shaken hands with LSI SandForce at this point, these being Samsung and Crucial/Micron.
Performance of the S836 Elite stands on its own as it’s performance in PCMark Vantage produced the highest result we have seen to date for a 120GB variant, and by a margin. Even with any question one might have of the high sequential write performance while testing with incompressible data samples, the combination of the LSI SandForce SF-2281 processor and Intel premium synchronous NAND flash memory has done this SSD very well. This was highlighted in PCMark Vantage transfer speeds that were supported by AS SSD Copy Test benchmarks.
Remaining factors to consider are availability and price and it hasn’t even been two weeks since BIWIN officially announced their North American presence to which they are already listed on Newegg. The prices indicated on the site show $169.99 for a 120GB S836 and $311.99 for a 240GB version which are nice to see considering that these will be the price point of a new release.
For a company that has just hit the North American SSD market to put out a product that shows far better than any other of the same configuration is unheard of. Congratulations BIWIN as your first official SSD review is concluded with an Editors Choice!