Earlier this month I posted a few benchmarks of one of the cheapest, sub-$40 SSDs under Ubuntu Linux. In needing another solid-state drive for one of the systems in the test lab that's focused on tracking other areas of the Linux kernel's performance on a daily basis, I went searching for another low-cost solution. This latest SSD purchase was the Silicon Power 120GB S60, which retails for about $50 USD.
The S60 was my first time using a Silicon Power SSD and so far it's working out fine. This slim 2.5-inch Serial ATA 3.0 SSD with MLC flash chips is rated for is rated for sequential reads up to 530 Mbps and sequential writes up to 180 Mbps. The S60 supports TRIM, NCQ, ECC, SMART, and the other normal technologies one would expect out of a modern SATA 3.0 SSD.
This drive is backed by a three year warranty, which is upgraded to a five year warranty if registering the product on the Silicon Power web-site. While I have no past experience with Silicon Power SSDs, on Amazon it has a 4.5 star rating from 232+ reviews, and was selling for just $49.99 for the 120GB version or $86.99 for the 240GB version.
In the past week or so of running the test system constantly with the Silicon Power S60 120GB, it's been working out fine with decent performance. On the following pages are some benchmarks of the S60 done via the Phoronix Test Suite and compared to a few other solid-state drives I've tested this month on Ubuntu 15.04 with the Linux 4.2 kernel using the EXT4 file-system.