Today we’ll be taking a quick look at the BIOSTAR M700 Series SSD. It uses the PCI-E Gen3x4 interface and comes in a M.2 2280 form factor, as well as supporting NVMe v1.3. The model we’ll be reviewing comes with a total capacity of 512GB, and features a Silicon Motion SSD controller, offering a maximum read speed of 2000MB/s with a write speed of 1600MB/s.
One of my loudest complaints when it comes to M.2 SSDs, is the availability of larger capacities. Especially if I want to use it as a boot drive, as well as for applications … 256GB just isn’t enough. Windows 10 can take up somewhere between 50 – 100GB, and that means you’re not left with much space.
As you would expect with most M.2 SSDs, the look and design of the BIOSTAR M700 Series M.2 SSD is very plain. There’s no heatspreader or heatsink and there’s definitely no RGB. I guess there’s no need for all that, especially when most of the new motherboards on the market now come with full-cover heatspreaders.
Here’s a little blurb about BIOSTAR taken from their website …
In 1980,the IT industry was growing at a phenomenal rate. With wide experience in buying and selling electronic parts as well as researching on future demands for mainboards and add-on cards , the founder of BIOSTAR GROUP,established BIOSTAR MICROTECH INTERNATIONAL CORP in 1986.
In the early years, BIOSTAR concentrated on the manufacture of mainboards built for XT form factor. To maintain steady business growth, BIOSTAR managed to keep a large portion of its capital and manpower invested on the design and development of new products, which at the same time has enabled it to stay competitive in the rapid evolution of the computer industry.
BIOSTAR has enriched its competence in the design and manufacture of products such as add-on cards, multi-media and system products to develop the market and meet the demands of customers for more integrated solutions. In order to expand its capacity to meet customer demand globally, BIOSTAR was the first to establish a manufacturing facility in China in 1990. In 1998, its sales revenues exceeded US$130 million and it ranked 227th among the top 1000 enterprises in Taiwan. Furthermore,BIOSTAR obtained an ISO 9001 certification in 1999 and became a publicly listed company in the same year. BIOSTAR’s future has limitless possibilities.
In the past, we’ve always considered BIOSTAR as a manufacturer that produced products for the lower-end and budget market. But not today … their M700 Series M.2 SSD with its high read/write performance, should be perfect for gamers, content creators and designers alike.
It will be interesting to see how the BIOSTAR M700 Series M.2 SSD will perform in our test rig. I’m expecting the decent performance that will match what they’re saying on the box or packaging. Let’s continue and check out the specifications on the next page.
You can buy the following SDDs on Amazon …
- Amazon US – https://amzn.to/2XRKq0l (Patriot 512GB), http://amzn.to/2zcvUn8 (SanDisk 1TB)
- Amazon UK – https://amzn.to/2IKi7Ht (Crucial 500GB), https://amzn.to/2MDdlgd (SanDisk 1TB)
- Amazon DE/EU – https://amzn.to/32b9n4K (Samsung EVO860), https://amzn.to/317Bd0B (SanDisk 1TB)
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