Apacer ssd as350 panther 256gb review

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A new budget friendly SSD was launched by Apacer, but can this Panther provide a speedy performance?

Nowadays the SSD has become one of the essential components for PCs, as it can provide faster loading speeds. But with the SSD being a new component, prices are higher than a conventional hard disk drive, but the flaw of the SSD is that it has less capacity. But now with newer SSDs coming out, some are providing bigger space and prices are becoming cheaper than before. Now Apacer has launched their newest line of SSD, which includes the AS340 Panther that is aimed for entry-level consumers with a tight budget. But can the Panther give a very impressive performance for its price tag?

Here is the specifications of the AS340 Panther:

  • Interface: SATA III 6Gb/s
  • NAND Flash Type: TLC
  • Sustained Read Performance(MB/sec):
    • 120GB: Up to 500MB/s
    • 240GB: Up to 505MB/s
  • Sustained Write Performance(MB/sec):
    • 120GB: Up to 375MB/s
    • 240GB: Up to 410MB/s
  • ECC Support: Up to 72bit/1KB
  • Shock: 1500G
  • Vibration: 7~800Hz, 3.08Grms
  • Low Power Consumption: 350mA (max.)
  • MTBF: 1,500,000 Hours
  • Humidity: 5% to 95%
  • Standard Operating Temperature: 0 ℃ to +70 ℃
  • Storage Temperature: -40°C to +85°C
  • Dimensions: (L)100 x (W)69.9 x (H)7mm

As for the design, the AS340 Panther has nothing fancy in it, just the usual SSD design and with a leopard-like texture on the top panel along with the Panther logo in gold. It has three holes for screws to be place when placed to be mounted inside the PC.

As for the performance, we conducted a series of tests on the Panther and see how well it performs. After conducting some tests with the CrystalDiskMark, so far the results were really good, it’s reading and writing speed can go around 220MB/s and 170MB/s. Then we tested with another benchmark tool called HD Tune to find out its transfer speeds, and it still provide great results as it maintained an average of 180 MB/s.

 

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When tested for loading speeds, it can load the Adobe Photoshop in just 3 seconds and loading a Windows 8.1 from boot up to the windows screen was just at around 4-5 seconds. Loading speed on games are also faster when compared to HDDs, as it can provide around 40% faster loading speeds.

Overall, the Apacer AS340 Panther is a decent SSD that can provide great performance with a less expensive price tag. Users who are considering to shift to an SSD for their operating systems may prefer on getting this as their first SSD and even to those who are looking for an entry level drive.

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Apacer introduced the AS350 Panther solid-state drive, beginning (we hope) with a 120 GB variant. Built in the 7 mm-thick 2.5-inch form-factor with SATA 6 Gb/s interface, the drive features 120 GB of TLC NAND flash memory. It offers sequential transfer rates of up to 440 MB/s reads, with up to 125 MB/s writes, and 4K random access performance of up to 26,000 IOPS. The drive could take up an entry-level price-point, and is backed by a 3-year warranty.

#1 DeathtoGnomes

so the fancy cover meant to be mounted behind a window. :banghead:

Posted on Jul 4th 2017, 15:09 Reply #2 Nuckles56

That thing is so very fast, I love native TLC speeds for my SSD

Posted on Jul 4th 2017, 15:17 Reply #3 RejZoR

125MB writes… I know they aren’t that important, but c’mon, it’s been years since we’ve maxxed SATA3 and yet they still release garbage like this. One would expect all SATA SSD’s without exception to be reaching 500+ in both directions, be it cheap or top end. This is just lazy and unless this costs like 50€ for 512GB, it’s worthless pile of crap.

Posted on Jul 4th 2017, 15:40 Reply #4 blobster21

RejZoR125MB writes… I know they aren’t that important, but c’mon, it’s been years since we’ve maxxed SATA3 and yet they still release garbage like this. One would expect all SATA SSD’s without exception to be reaching 500+ in both directions, be it cheap or top end. This is just lazy and unless this costs like 50€ for 512GB, it’s worthless pile of crap.

Totally agree with this ! Same performances as those cheap Kingdian knock-off i bought from aliexpress last month !

Totally agree with this ! Same performances as those cheap Kingdian knock-off i bought from aliexpress last month !

Posted on Jul 4th 2017, 16:30 Reply #5 silentbogo

Unless it’s in $35 ballpark, there is no reason to even look at it.
With Apacer’s current pricing they are losing to almost every brand in ” best bang for the buck”, or even “as cheap as it gets” categories.
Heck, nowadays you can get 3D NAND drives with 500/400 RW in $60 range, or a decent 120-128GB MLC for $50-$60 or so.

Posted on Jul 4th 2017, 18:35 Reply #6 bonehead123

cheap is as cheap does 😀

And ize got nuthin mo to say bout dat !

Posted on Jul 4th 2017, 22:32 Reply #7 OneMoar

There is Always Moar

this is only marginally less terrible looking then the assault stapler
its also overpriced

Posted on Jul 5th 2017, 11:50 Reply

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