Review: Angelbird SSD wrk 512GB
High Quality Entry Level SSD
Over the past few years, we’ve seen the SSD market consolidate quite a bit with numerous 3rd party SSD vendors exiting the market due to shrinking margins or difficulty in acquiring NAND. Because of this, we’re left with a number of SSD vendors who are either huge companies with large OEM accounts or smaller, newer players with unique products that command a premium.
One of these newer players is Angelbird, a relatively new SSD company based out of Austria who recently sent us their latest Angelbird SSD wrk 512GB for review. Angelbird’s selling point on their entire line of products including the new SSD wrk is that they do not compromise on quality despite the fact that their latest SSD is aimed at the entry level market.
Angelbird SSD wrk Specifications
|Model||SSD wrk||SSD wrk||SSD wrk|
|Form Factor||7mm, 2.5″ SATA||7mm, 2.5″ SATA||7mm, 2.5″ SATA|
|Controller||Silicon Motion 2246EN||Silicon Motion 2246EN||Silicon Motion 2246EN|
|NAND||Micron 20nm L85A Synchronous MLC||Micron 20nm L85A Synchronous MLC||Micron 20nm L85A Synchronous MLC|
|Sequential Reads||561 MB/s||563 MB/s||563 MB/s|
|Sequential Writes||149 MB/s||297 MB/s||445 MB/s|
|4K Random Read||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|4K Random Write||67,300 IOPS||72,000 IOPS||70,500 IOPS|
|Interface||SATA 3 6Gb/s||SATA 3 6Gb/s||SATA 3 6Gb/s|
|Warranty||3 Years||3 Years||3 Years|
The Angelbird SSD wrk will be available in three capacities – 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. Unfortunately, there won’t be a 1TB option, which we’ll be discussing later on in this review.
As far as internals go, the Angelbird SSD wrk will be rocking Silicon Motion’s SM2246EN controller. Although released last year, it’s a new controller for us so it’ll be interesting to see what the controller is capable of. NAND onboard will be some variation of Micron’s L85 20nm Synchronous NAND which we’ve seen on numerous drives before, but Angelbird does have the capability of packing their own NAND, which likely means higher quality NAND is being selected for these drives.
Warranty on the Angelbird SSD wrk is 3 years which is generally typical of a mainstream product however, Angelbird’s endurance ratings are among the best we’ve seen on any SSD – mainstream or enthusiast. Angelbird claims that their 512GB drive is capable of up to 1048TBW – a number typically associated with entry level enterprise drives designed for read heavy applications. Very interesting…
Let’s take a closer look at the drive.