Review Super Talent Tera Nova 120GB

Today we have with us the fastest Super Talent SSD of the Tera Nova series, with SATA III connection, this SSD was announced in June of this year, which we deduce since it is aimed at the most demanding market of enthusiasts. Super Talent is a well known company in the field of RAM, pendrive and storage for servers.

First Look

At first sight we have, in the packaging where it comes, on the front an image of the SSD and the brand of Super Talent, it lacks a little color to our taste but this does not affect the product at all, on the back in blue we have the specifications, serial number and model and some details in several languages including Spanish.

Here already at sight, in a dark gray color, with a size of 2.5, the new series Tera Nova of Super Talent and in the bottom with the logo of the company and the GB that it brings, nothing to stand out in this aspect, we could say that it is identical to those of the series of OCZ vertex if we remove the decal. The casing is made of aluminum, so it is very resistant and at the same time light.

With the already standard connections for this type of devices, power Sata the largest and the Sata III connection.

See how well it is protected in the box, apart from bringing a thick cardboard not common in boxes, has inside the polyurethane rubber, the SSD is also protected by the anti-static bag.

A user manual is more, a guide to performance and what the product is, than an installation guide as it is extremely easy to install this type of device.

We have the SandForce SF-2281 controller as the chip that commands the SSD and one of the fastest on the market, according to Super talent should reach 540 MB / s reading and writing of 510MB / s, which we will see in the benchmark, as these numbers are according to the capacity of the SSD. We have 16 micron NAND flash memory modules of 25nm, 8GB each.


Type: SSD Line: SUPER TALENT TERA NOVA 120GB Capacity: 120 GB RPM: N/A Size: 2.5″ Bus: SATA 3 (6.0 Gb/s) Buffer: N/A Speeds

Sequential reading: 540 MB/s Sequential writing: 510 MB/s Random Read: N/A Random writing: N/A

Test Bench

Processor: Intel core I7 2600K
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-UP4 TH
Memory: Gskill Sniper 1333 CL 9-9-9-24
Video plate: MSI GTX 670
Cooler: Noctua NH-L12
Power Supply: Thermatek 1200W
Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate

Performance Benchmark

For the benchmarks we are testing both the reading and the writing of the mechanical disks or SSD and something very important to test the performance, the boot speed of Windows 7 64bits.

The first benchmark is the Crystal Diskmark in which we see a really good performance reaching 518 MB write and 508 MB read, very much fought with the Corsair GT SSD.

The HD Tach continues to perform well, reaching 523MB/s, and is already one of the fastest SSDs we have tested in the HD Technology labs.

The well-known among all benchmarks the Hd Tune, the Super Talent SSD reaches about 513MB /s read and 523MB /s write, we really have a good performance and the SandForce SF-2281 chip does its job very well.

Coming to the end of the benchmarks we have the windows startup test in which we see the Super Talent SSD competing among the best times, quite surprising isn’t it? It takes first place, just 8 seconds, this is where we see the true potential of the SATA III connection and the SandForce SF-2281 chip, a very short time to start windows and something I tell you is that it seems to explode on your desktop screen.

Power Consumption

Something that highlights the SSD in these days is not only its speed, if not its low consumption, the Super Talent SSD is very good at this and only consumes 8 W maximum, this is when it is working in full load, for example when we transfer a large file, if you are resting the Cosair SSD consumes only 0.6 W, remember that the mechanical disks have a consumption of about 25W.


The Super Talent SSD is a clear example of the new technology with SATA III, something that is growing every day among consumers and the market, with readings that almost reach 530MB / s is one of the fastest SSD we have tested, now at this point is the same as all, but either for performance and warranty, the Super Talent SSD can be achieved a little cheaper than other SSDs on the market, hovering around 260 to 280 dollars.

Our experience with the SSD was very good, the performance is optimal and leaves us a good image of it, being as I said the second fastest SSD we tested, which leaves it at the top of the performance, as we could see already the SATA II is definitely getting in gradually and it is good to see a product like this, which is true that the SSD is still expensive for the pockets but that comes with everything in terms of performance and more attractive prices.

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