Strontium Hawk 120GB review: Strontium Hawk 120GB

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Typical Price: $110.00
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4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Faster write speeds than SF2281 usually brings. All-white design may just suit your build.

The Bad Agility 4 beats it on the value stakes.

The Bottom Line Strontium's SF2281-based SSD brings faster writes than your standard SandForce SSD.

8.0 Overall

SandForce may be a fading name in the consumer world after the LSI acquisition in October last year, and the long wait between the second- and third-generation architecture is certainly allowing others to catch up on what was once an impressive lead.

SandForce's second-generation controller still has a role to play, though, if anything in helping to drive down the prices of SSDs into something resembling affordable.

On the test bench today is Strontium's Hawk 120GB (which gives us 112GB of usable space). The Singaporean brand's SF2281 controlled SSD is the first all-white SSD we've seen, and, at the time of writing, the 120GB model can be had for around AU$110, while the 240GB model can be had for about AU$200. It's 7mm high, making it suitable for all but the thinnest of laptops. It's an MLC drive, using Hynix H27QDG8VEBIR NAND.

Both CrystalDiskMark and Anvil's Storage Utilities were set to 1GB datasets, using incompressible data.

CrystalDiskMark reads (in MBps)

  • Sequential read
  • 4K QD32 read
  • 4K read
  • 589.6300.624.04
    Samsung 830 (256GB)
  • 508.0346.629.70
    OCZ Vertex 4 (512GB)
  • 506.9224.432.42
    SanDisk Extreme (480GB)
  • 500.0225.037.11
    SanDisk Extreme (240GB)
  • 474.6233.927.0
    Intel SSD 520 (240GB)
  • 470.3215.628.89
    Intel SSD 335 (240GB)
  • 466.4112.823.77
    Intel SSD 330 (120GB)
  • 360.5184.323.87
    Strontium Hawk (120GB)
  • 357.7226.820.93
    OCZ Agility 4 (128GB)

(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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