Top-tier SSDs like Samsung’s 980 Pro or WD’s Black SN850 perform at another level due to their new grounds-up designs and even faster flash. Even so, Silicon Power’s US70 is a fast PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD that delivers responsive speeds for its price point.
Compared to the Samsung or WD Black, the US70 is an excellent value for those who don’t necessarily need bleeding-edge performance but still want responsive performance and the ability to brag about their PCIe Gen4 SSD. The US70 is a perfect match if you're looking for a new scratch disk to edit your 4K and 8K media, and it's also a great fit for gamers.
Silicon Power’s US70 traded blows with other Phison E16 competitors at an average of $25 cheaper for the 1TB model, and a substantial $80 cheaper than a drive like Sabrent’s 2TB Rocket NVMe 4.0. Not only does it offer the same level of performance as those more expensive models, but it also offers the same level of endurance.
In fact, the 1TB drive can withstand up to 1.8 petabytes of writes, and the 2TB model can absorb a staggering 3.6 petabytes, all within the no-strings-attached five-year warranty. As such, the US70's reliability rating beats both Samsung and WD, and you don’t need to register your device for warranty coverage like you have to with Sabrent’s SSDs.
For those looking to save a few bucks over the best, the US70 makes a great alternative pick, but if you're looking to save even more, Adata’s XPG Gammix S50 Lite is also a great pick that can’t be overlooked. The Adata is still our top value pick, but Silicon Power’s US70 makes that choice hard. At $140 for the 1TB model and $260 for the 2TB model, the Adata is much cheaper, and it's high-speed random performance even outperformed the US70 in SPECworkstation 3’s testing, but at a much lower price point. In the end, the amount of money you spend dictates the amount of speed you get.
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