Verbatim is a well known manufacturer of CD/DVD-medias and computer peripherals. Lately they have expanded their products to the SSD market. We will take a look at their newest SATA-III interfaced 120GB SSD drive and see how well it performs.
Check their webpages at www.verbatim-europe.co.uk for information about the company.
Specifications & Features:
- SATA 6Gb/s Native Command Queuing (NCQ): up to 32 commands
- 27k 4k random write IOPS rated
- Asynchronous Signal Recovery
- Device Activity Signal
- SMART command support
- Trim command support (Windows 7)
- Global wear levelling algorithm to increase endurance of flash memory
- MTBF Rated 2 million hrs
- Verbatim 2 Year Limited Warranty.
- Interface: SATA-III
- Host transfer speed: 6Gb/s (backwards compatible with SATA-I / SATA-II)
- Max Read Speed: Up to 550MB/sec
- Max Write Speed: Up to 510MB/sec
- Weight: 96grams (approx.)
- Dimensions: 99.99mm x 69.92mm x 9.55mm (L x W x H)
- Operating temperature: 0 degrees to 70 degrees
- Non-operating temperature: -40 degrees to 85 degree
- Power requirement: DC 5V +/- 5%
Verbatim 2.5″ SATA-III SSD 120GB differs from many SSD:s I’ve seen by having a steel colored enclosure. Verbatim advertises the drive as having write speeds up to 510MB/sec and 550MB/s read speeds. It uses SATA-III as the interface and weighs around 96grams. The size is similar to any other 2.5″ drive and can operate on temperatures up to 70 degrees celcius. Like most 2.5″ drives on market, this one requires only +5V voltage so it is compatible with laptops too. Verbatim decided to go with absolute bare essensials in providing the drive in the enclosure. Verbatim SATA-III SSD also includes native support for TRIM and officially Verbatim says the TRIM function is compatible with Windows 7 (however it should be compatible with Windows 2008 R2, newer Linux distributions and Mac OS X Lion too). In the picture above there’s everything that was in the packet – which is…only the drive! I would’ve loved to see a SATA-III certified cable and 3.5″ mounting adapter provided with the drive – but you can’t always get everything obviously. The drive is priced reasonably at 210$ (USD) and is widely available as we speak. You can buy this drive for example from Amazon or Newegg.
The I/O panel of the drive shows us nothing suprising – it is like any other SSD on the market.
On top of the drive there is a sticker which shows us the capacity of the drive, full model name, and a serial number.
The bottom of the drive doesn’t have anything interesting on it. There’s only four mounting holes so you can mount the drive into your case as many cases have a dedicated spot for a 2.5″ drive these days.