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Review: Angelbird SSD wrk 512GB

Review: Angelbird SSD wrk 512GB

Sam ChenDecember 30, 2015

High Quality Entry Level SSD

angelbird-ssd-wrk-512gb-custom-pc-review-2Over 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

ModelSSD wrkSSD wrkSSD wrk
Form Factor7mm, 2.5″ SATA7mm, 2.5″ SATA7mm, 2.5″ SATA
ControllerSilicon Motion 2246ENSilicon Motion 2246ENSilicon Motion 2246EN
NANDMicron 20nm L85A Synchronous MLCMicron 20nm L85A Synchronous MLCMicron 20nm L85A Synchronous MLC
Sequential Reads561 MB/s563 MB/s563 MB/s
Sequential Writes149 MB/s297 MB/s445 MB/s
4K Random ReadN/AN/AN/A
4K Random Write67,300 IOPS72,000 IOPS70,500 IOPS
InterfaceSATA 3 6Gb/sSATA 3 6Gb/sSATA 3 6Gb/s
Warranty3 Years3 Years3 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.

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Sam Chen
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