Silicon Power P34A80 1TB NVMe SSD

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Today we are looking at the big brother to the P34A60 1TB drive we looked at earlier in March. The P34A80 1TB is a PCIe 3x4 M.2 2280 drive that is geared for high-end performance. This drive features support for NVMe 1.3, SLC Cache and DRAM Cache Buffer. What that means is that you’re going to get top notch performance out of this little beauty. Silicon Power claims that you can expect up to 3400MB/s read speed and write speeds of 3000 MB/s.

They have beefed up the performance on the 80-series NVMe drives and have done it without a lot of additional cost. If you have a PCIe 3.0 supported device with 4x PCIe lanes, you really should consider this unit from Silicon Power. Make sure to keep reading to see how well it performs and if their claimed speeds are anywhere close to what we are getting in the real world.

P34A80

Product: Silicon Power P34A80 1TB M.2 PCIe Gen3x4 SSD 
Provided By: Silicon Power
Price: $190CAD / $130 USD at time of publication

 

First Look:

The Silicon Power P34A80 comes in a bit more of an aggressive package that shows off the 5-year warranty and it captures your attention and boosts your confidence in the product. If a no-name company offers a big warranty, it doesn’t inspire much confidence as they come and go without warning and the warranty is only good if the company is still in business. Silicon Power has been around for many years and shows no signs of slowing down. I’d say the 5-year warranty is a pretty big selling feature and it shows they feel the same way by posting it on the front of the package.

 

Package

 

As is the case with sticks of memory and NVMe drives, there isn’t much to see. The goodies are located behind the front stick and overall, it’s unremarkable. Although it’s unremarkable, that doesn’t mean that it’s boring. There could be some pretty impressive performance under the hood.

 

Front

 

Back

There’s not a lot to see, so we’ll jump quickly over to the next page and cover the featues and specifications before we dive into simple comparison testing.


Features:

The following information has been pulled from the Silicon Power website and posted here for your convenience. For the latest information and links to downloads and updates, please visit their product page here

  • Super-fast PCIe Gen3x4 interface for read/write speeds of up to 3,400MB/s / 3,000MB/s
  • NVMe 1.3 support
  • RAID engine for enhanced data integrity
  • Supports SLC Cache and DRAM Cache Buffer. Provides great SSD sequential read/write and random read/write performance.
  • Slim form factor M.2 2280 for perfect fit in slim and portable mobile applications or desktop PCs

 

Step Up the Game to a New Level of Responsiveness
The full capacity P34A80 takes high-end devices to a whole new level of performance and responsiveness. Supporting the super-fast PCIe Gen 3x4 interface, it reaches incredible read and write speeds of up to 3400MB/s and 3000MB/S leaving PCIe Gen 3x2 and SATA III behind by a huge margin and high-power users with nothing better to wish for. It’s the ultimate addition to your performance gaming arsenal.

Superior Storage Performance for Performance Gaming
Massive speed and high performance, yet lower power consumption and a small form factor for system flexibility, it’s a gamer’s dream. Supporting RAID engine, the P34A80 also maintains system stability and data integrity during even the most highly-demanding applications that rely on superior storage performance.

Massive Performance, Small Form Factor
The P34A80 weighs in at a mere 8 grams. As versatile as it is effective, the SSD’s small form factor allows for easy installation in the thinnest notebooks, mobile applications, and PC desktops alike.

NVMe 1.3 support
Supports SLC Cache and DRAM Cache Buffer. Provides great SSD performance on sequential read/write up to 3400MB/3000MB and random read/write up to 500K and 600K IOPS. The P34A80 maintains an overall improved system performance level during the most demanding applications, not only for graphic designers and photographers, but also for hardcore gamers.

 

Specifications:

Specs

 

On the last page we’ll cover our test platform and do the testing.


Info & Testing:

For our test platform, we are using a HP Envy x360 running a Ryzen 5 2500U that does have a PCIe Gen3 x4 connector. The test results below are merely for an easy comparison of what kind of performance you will see in a real-world situation when you do a simple upgrade.

Note: The Patriot Scorch M is a PCIe Gen 3 x2 solution that boasts up to 1700MB/s / 950MB/s Read/Write speeds. The Silicon Power P34A60 claims 2200MB/s / 1600MB/s Read/Write Speeds over the PCIe Gen 3 x4 interface, the P34A80 boosts up the speed to 3400MB/s / 3000MB/s Read/Write.

The purpose of this comparison today is to show what kind of gains you get in a mid-range Ultrabook solution.

AS-SSD Benchmark

AS-SSD Copy

Compression - P34A60
P34A60 Performance

P34A80 PerformanceP34A80 Performance

Crystal Disk Mark

Passmark Performance

 

 

As you can see by the charts above, the P34A80 1TB Silicon Power PCIe Gen3x4 is exponentially faster than the Patriot Scorch PCIe Gen3x2 512GB or the previous P34A60 we looked at a few weeks back. It’s a fantastic upgrade over any other NVMe we tested.

The performance gains are very noticable across the board with some of them being downright ridiculous.

 

Conlusion:

NVMe SSDs are pretty much the future of solid state storage and the future is already here. Once you ditch the SATA interface – either through tradition cable or NVMe SATA connections, the performance goes up exponentially. PCIe x2 units pretty snappy, but once you are able to run a PCIe 3x4 setup, things really open up. It’s important to keep in mind that just because a drive claims to be a PCIe Gen 3 x4 lane unit, doesn’t mean the performance you’ll see is top end. The P34A60 unit we reviewed earlier in the month was a nice upgrade to our aging PCIe 3x2 unit, but it still had room to improve.

Silicon Power has answered the call and offers a slightly more expensive P34A80 drive that maximizes current consumer NAND and controller performance with this little number. The performance is head-and-shoulders above the previous unit and it performed like a champ. Boot times were almost instant and program application loads were taking on the CPU instead of the system waiting on the storage system.

This is a worthy upgrade for just about anyone – unless you have some insane performing unit already. Silicon Power was able to meet and exceed both their read and write speed ratings with this drive and because of that, it earns our Gold Wrench award.

 

Solid-Freakin' Gold!

I’d like to thank Silicon Power for sending over this product to review. If you need an incredibly performing SSD at an amazing price, the P34A80 1TB is a perfect fit as it brings top-end performance and an amazing warranty at a very affordable price. It’s easily one of the best valued products currently on the market.