Solid-state drives are nothing new at this time. This technology has proven time and again that NAND technology is a much higher performing technology than what you get with a magnetic disk drive. The SATA 6Gb/s interface seems like it is a bit long in the tooth with PCIe and M.2 drives that have absolutely stellar performance characteristics by comparison to the SATA 6Gb/s interface. However, when you step away from a magnetic disk drive you still get that speed increase and feel to the system that was not there before. Faster boot times, quicker program launches, transferring data finishes faster, and the system just overall feels snappy.
Hewlett Packard has been in the business of building both mobile and desktop systems for what seems like forever. In fact, the last three laptops I have purchased have been HP products, as I liked the overall build quality and price/performance metrics. Now HP has come out with solid-state drives as part of its ecosystem. HP has a pair of drives in the S700 Pro and the S700 that I will be looking at today. Costs can skyrocket with solid-state drives, but these drives fit into the grand scheme of things as an entry-level solid-state drive. The S700 series drives are available in capacities from 120GB to 500GB and range in price from a modest $62 of the 120GB drive up to the $179 price point of the S700 500GB drive. At 500GB you get enough storage capacity to use without a general fear of running out of space.
Rated for 560MB/s sequential reads, 515MB/s sequential writes, and 75000 random read IOPS / 90000 random write IOPS, this SSD looks to be a contender out of the box. Let’s see what this low-cost drive can do.
HP S700 SSD Closer Look:
Solid-state drive packaging is usually not much bigger than the drive itself. In this application, we see that this holds true with the packing used by Hewlett Packard. The front panel shows the images of the drive, lists the model name and capacity, along with the operating characteristics that make this drive is a step up from a spindle drive. The back side of the box shows the disclaimers, the UPC number, part number, and serial number. When you open up the packaging, the drive sits in a plastic shell that holds the S700, with the manual and mounting screws sitting in the space underneath.