Silicon Power XD80 M.2 2280 2TB PCIe 3.0 SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2022-09-25

The new XD80 2TB version from Silicon Power is very interesting, since it does not come with the previous controller but retains the same internal product code. As we have noted from the test results, the drive trades punches in terms of performance with the 1TB version while blank, but when filled to about 60% of its capacity, it falls a bit behind. We think that this can be attributed to the Realtek RTS5762 controller, which operates differently but unfortunately not a lot of info is available online about it.

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Packaging, A Closer Look

It is time to look again at Silicon Power’s XD80 series of PCIe Gen 3x4 SSDs but with a different capacity of 2TB. With the increasing requirements of recent games, media and applications which take lots of storage space, this SKU should fit most preferences when installed inside a mainstream computer to offer a visible performance boost.

The drive is offered inside a simple blister packaging, which shows the drive design as-is, without the need of showing a photograph. The top area does reveal the total drive capacity, the supported bus, the form factor but also, we are reminded of the 5-year warranty:




On the back side, Silicon Power has included information regarding the worldwide offices, but also the product code name and serial number:




The cardboard layer can be easily removed, and we will end up with the transparent plastic protective layer:




The top area of the XD80 2TB is covered by an aluminum heatsink with a dark grey brushed look; we will note that the XPOWER logo is present in the middle:




On the back side of the PCB, we will note a small sticker with the drive serial number, the storage capacity but also logos of some supported standards:




By removing this sticker, we will expose two of the NAND packages, with an inscription we could not easily identify (Toshiba 96-layer TLC flash):




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