Apacer Armor 240GB
eight months after its global launch, the folks at Apacer sent us the AS681 Armor solid state drive (SSD) for us to review. Apacer introduced the AS681 back in February of this year in capacities ranging from 120GB to 960GB, making use of TLC nand flash storage. Looking at Apacer’s promotional materials for the AS681, they still show a comparison between the speeds of an SSD versus a traditional hard disk drive (HDD), suggesting that Apacer is still appealing to consumers to consider migrating from an HDD to an SSD to boost PC performance.
the AS681 arrives in a 2.5-inch SATA form factor, clad in a metal casing with a gear like emblem on top of it. According to Apacer, such an emblem is often seen on comic book superheroes, which symbolizes superb speed. The AS681 makes use of the SATA 6Gbps interface. it has a height ght of 7mm, so fitting it inside an ultrathin laptop should never become a big problem.
For this review, we used a test bed consisting of a Gigabyte Ax370-gaming 5 motherboard, AMD ryzen 3 1300X quad-core CPU, 16GB DDR4, Gigabyte Geforce GTX 960 graphics card, and Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit for the operating system. We ran three different benchmarks on the AS681, namely Anvil’s Storage Utilities, AS SSD, and Crystaldiskmark. Specific details that we took from the tests include sequential read and write speeds as well as 4k read and write speeds. Then we put the scores of the AS681 side by side with those of the Plextor S3C (256GB) and the ADATA SP920SS (256GB).
based on the data that we retrieved, the AS681 emerged as the fastest SSD among the three models, followed by the SP920SS and the S3C. Describing the performance of the AS681 based on the numbers, it is a consistent speedy performer in both sequential reading and writing, as well as doing random operations. The versatility of the AS681 suggests that apart from poising as an upgrade solution for those systems equipped with HDDS, it can be used to boost the performance of a PC for content creation/ consumption or a gaming rig. The SP920SS, a three-year old SSD, is more inclined toward random reading and writing tasks, according to the numbers that we got. Meanwhile, the S36, which we reviewed last month, remained consistent in giving priority to sequential reading and writing tasks.
The Apacer AS681 Armor 240GB is on offer with a three year warranty program. Whether you are upgrading from a traditional HDD or an older SSD, the AS681 is a pleasant proposition.