SK hynix Can­vas SL308 250GB

A STRAIGHT­FOR­WARD SATA SSD, BELOVED OF SYS­TEM BUILDERS FOR ITS RE­SPECTABLE PER­FOR­MANCE AND REL­A­TIVELY LOW COST

PC & Tech Authority - - GROUP TEST -

W e fre­quently see the Can­vas SL308 in cus­tom sys­tems from Bri­tish PC builders. And why not? It’s a de­cent SATA drive, de­liv­er­ing per­for­mance that keeps up with the com­pe­ti­tion, and it’s no more ex­pen­sive than any other drive of sim­i­lar ca­pac­ity.

When you open the box, the Can­vas does feel rather like an OEM drive, with no ac­ces­sories or glossy brochures to wel­come you to the world of SK hynix. Drop by the web­site, though, and you can down­load the man­u­fac­turer’s Drive Man­ager and Data Mi­gra­tion tools, which are nicely put to­gether, with friendly and at­trac­tive front-ends. It’s just a shame that these util­i­ties don’t give you any con­trol of over pro­vi­sion­ing – and the mi­gra­tion tool is pretty ba­sic, so if your old hard disk con­tains more data than will fit on the new one, you’ll need to have a clear-out be­fore you start the cloning pro­ce­dure.

Aside from the 250GB model we tested, the SL308 is also avail­able in a 120GB ca­pac­ity, but this isn’t cost e”ec­tive. A bet­ter bet is the 500GB model, which can be had for a rea­son­able $370. That makes it a pos­si­ble al­ter­na­tive to the Cru­cial MX300, and write en­durance is sim­i­lar too, at 75TBW for the 250GB drive and 150TBW for the 500GB model. Just note that the SL308 lacks hard­ware en­cryp­tion.

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