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HP S700 SSD Review

Price: $179

HP S700 SSD Introduction:

Solid-state drives are nothing new at this time. This technology has proven time and again that NAND technology is a much higher performing technology than what you get with a magnetic disk drive. The SATA 6Gb/s interface seems like it is a bit long in the tooth with PCIe and M.2 drives that have absolutely stellar performance characteristics by comparison to the SATA 6Gb/s interface. However, when you step away from a magnetic disk drive you still get that speed increase and feel to the system that was not there before. Faster boot times, quicker program launches, transferring data finishes faster, and the system just overall feels snappy.

Hewlett Packard has been in the business of building both mobile and desktop systems for what seems like forever. In fact, the last three laptops I have purchased have been HP products, as I liked the overall build quality and price/performance metrics. Now HP has come out with solid-state drives as part of its ecosystem. HP has a pair of drives in the S700 Pro and the S700 that I will be looking at today. Costs can skyrocket with solid-state drives, but these drives fit into the grand scheme of things as an entry-level solid-state drive. The S700 series drives are available in capacities from 120GB to 500GB and range in price from a modest $62 of the 120GB drive up to the $179 price point of the S700 500GB drive. At 500GB you get enough storage capacity to use without a general fear of running out of space.

Rated for 560MB/s sequential reads, 515MB/s sequential writes, and 75000 random read IOPS / 90000 random write IOPS, this SSD looks to be a contender out of the box. Let's see what this low-cost drive can do. 

HP S700 SSD Closer Look:

Solid-state drive packaging is usually not much bigger than the drive itself. In this application, we see that this holds true with the packing used by Hewlett Packard. The front panel shows the images of the drive, lists the model name and capacity, along with the operating characteristics that make this drive is a step up from a spindle drive. The back side of the box shows the disclaimers, the UPC number, part number, and serial number. When you open up the packaging, the drive sits in a plastic shell that holds the S700, with the manual and mounting screws sitting in the space underneath.  




Hewlett Packard's S700 series drives come in basic black with the HP logo prominently displayed in white on the top of the drive. This solid-state drive using 3D TLC NAND fits in the 2.5-inch form factor that we see most traditional drives of this type. The 2.5-inch form factor drives are available in both 9mm and the 7mm depth used on this drive. As a 7mm thick drive fitting it into a desktop setup is not a challenge, but when used with older laptops that use the 9mm form factor,a spacer or adapter will be required. The back side of the drive lists the capacity again at 500GB, although this drive is available in capacities of 120GB and 250GB.

From a specifications standpoint, the HP S700 500GB drive features sequential read speeds of up to 560MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 515MB/s. The enclosure is a thin, metal two-piece design that functions as both the mounting mechanism and as a means of wicking away the heat generated during operation. As a SATA 6Gb/s drive, the connectivity includes the SATA 6Gb/s data and SATA power connection. Mounting points are what you find on any 2.5-inch drive on the market, with both side and bottom mounting points. Of course, you have the warranty sticker so the manufacturer knows if you opened it up before you send it back for an RMA, if needed.       




Opening up the drive shows that the PCB is absolutely small by comparison to the full-size PCB's you usually find in this form factor. HP is using a SIlicon Motion SM2258XT DRAM-less SATA to NAND controller to manage the Micron 384Gbit 32-layer 3D TLC NAND. Each of the drives in this HP product stack support NCQ, SSD Enhanced S.M.A.R.T., and is rated for 10000 power cycles and an MTBF of two million hours. HP claims that this drive series will have a useful life of three years.  


Solid-state storage drives are one of the quickest and easiest ways to improve the feel and responsiveness of the system. Let's see how this drive from HP, with its reputation for reliable products, compares to drives with different controllers.

  1. HP S700 SSD: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. HP S700 SSD: Specifications & Features, Testing Setup
  3. HP S700 SSD Testing: HD Tune, SiSoft Sandra, Anvil Storage, ATTO
  4. HP S700 SSD Testing: CrystalDiskMark, AS SSD, PCMark 8
  5. HP S700 SSD: Conclusion
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