Apacer Ar­mor 240GB

Tough­ened Ar­mor

HWM (Philippines) - - Contents - by Lionell Go Mac­ahilig

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.

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