In our current difficult time, finding an adequate SSD drive for sale for a reasonable price becomes akin to a feat. Prices and assortment are unstable, it is impossible to predict the availability of goods on sale and you have to choose from what is. In my case, the choice is further complicated by the fact that I need an unpopular SSD format: M.2 SATA. Having studied the assortment of the store, I found a HIKVISION brand SSD Hikvision E100N M.2 2280 512GB SATAIII 3D TLC HS-SSD-E100N/512G for quite reasonable money. Knowing this brand from video surveillance systems, I decided to try and risk buying a HIKVISION brand drive.
Without hesitation, I placed an order and it was amazingly quickly delivered to the pickup point! Having received the order in my hands, I ran home to check and test the SSD drive of the company that previously produced video surveillance systems!
Information about HIKVISION:
Hikvision is a Chinese company. The full name is Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd.. The company is headquartered in Hangzhou. Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd. is the world’s largest supplier of video surveillance products and turnkey video surveillance solutions. Founded in 2001, Hikvision today employs over 52,752 people, including a research and development staff of 4,000.
|Interface:||SATA III 6Gb/s|
|Reading speed (maximum), Mb/s:||550|
|Recording speed (maximum), Mb/s:||500|
|Form factor:||M.2 (B+M key)|
|Memory type:||3D TLC|
|Resource (TBW), TB:||176|
|Warranty period, years:||3|
|Products webpage:||HIKVISION E100N|
Packaging and equipment
The SSD comes in a relatively large box with a cutout for hanging on a store shelf.
On the front side there is information about the manufacturer, an indication of the type and model of the drive, the connection interface and the volume of the drive.
On the reverse side of the package there is a cutout and the drive itself is visible through it. In addition to this, on the reverse side there is information about the manufacturer’s address, volume calculation features, warranty period, brand / model of the drive.
Also noteworthy is the presence of protective stickers on the top and bottom, which allow you to assess the integrity of the package (as well as make sure that the package has not been opened before).
The drive inside the box is securely fixed in a plastic container to prevent damage during transportation.
Inside the box, except for the drive itself, there is nothing.
Appearance and features
The drive is made on a dark (black) printed circuit board in the 2280 form factor.
On the front side there is a controller and four memory chips. There is nothing on the back side – the SSD drive has a one-sided mounting and layout.
The drive uses a not very common MAXIO MAS1102 controller and YMTC memory.
To determine the type of memory and clarify the controller used, let’s turn to the Flash ID Reader utility by Ochkin Vadim (vlo) for help:
As you can see in the screenshot, the utility fully confirmed the information about the controller and memory manufacturer. The drive uses 64-layer TLC-memory manufactured by YMTC. I could not find information about the controller and its characteristics on the Internet.
After formatting, the amount of SSD available to the user is 476GB:
Installing an SSD drive on the motherboard
As mentioned above, the drive has an M.2 SATA connection interface (B+M key) and requires a compatible motherboard for installation: the motherboard must have an M.2 connector with a B+M key and support for M.2 SATA SSD- drives. Please check your motherboard documentation for supported SSD type.
! Attention. If installed on an incompatible motherboard, the motherboard and/or SSD may be damaged.
Installing an SSD drive on a motherboard consists of several steps:
- Search for a compatible connector on the motherboard;
- Unscrewing the fixing screw on the motherboard;
- Installing an SSD drive on the motherboard in a compatible slot;
- Fixing the SSD drive in the slot and tightening the mounting screw.
! Attention. The mounting screw is not included with the SSD. It is necessary to check the motherboard package for the presence of a mounting screw.
Verification and Testing
During the first power-up, the CrystalDiskInfo application reported that the freshly purchased SSD drive had already been turned on 3 times and the amount of read / written information was 0, i.e. Drive is brand new.
Immediately draws attention to a large number of SMART parameters
In the first program, we find out the speed of the drive when performing read and write operations. In the second, we will find out the write speed on the entire volume of the drive and the size of the SLC cache / buffer.
The test result shows that the read / write speeds are fully consistent with those declared by the manufacturer.
The size of a high-speed SLC cache is approximately ~ 28% of the drive volume, then the speed drops to ~ 300 MB/s and stays at this value up to ~ 53%, and after the last drop, the speed is ~ 135 MB/s.
The SSD is missing a temperature sensor and/or the temperature is hardcoded. Therefore, the temperature is unchanged and is 30 degrees.
The official website has information about the HIKStorageSetup proprietary software, but unfortunately, when you try to download, an error appears and nothing can be downloaded. Attempts to use VPN services were unsuccessful:
The SSD has performed well. It has an excellent cost / volume / quality / speed ratio and offers a balanced set of features for its price. Only the not very high TBW (resource) parameter, which is 176TB, upsets. But on the other hand, it is not so small compared to its competitors.
The size of the fast SLC cache is comfortable for normal home use of the drive. And even if you have to write a large amount of information, the speed drop is not as catastrophic as for analogs with QLC memory, which are becoming more and more among budget models.
Based on the foregoing, if you need to purchase an M.2 SATA SSD drive, I can recommend the HIKVISION brand drive discussed above for purchase.
The article is written on the basis of materials of this site.