The V30 is your typical 2.5-inch solid state drive. Currently it is available in 60, 120, 240 and 480GB version, we received the 60GB version. On the front of the drive there is a sticker that tells us this is the V30 drive and it is 60GB.
The back of the drive is completely bare expect for some mounting holes. Just like all other normal drives you have your SATA data and power connections.
Let’s go ahead and void our warranty and see what’s under the hood. To take the drive apart you just remove 4 small screws on the back of the drive. The you can take the top off the drive and see the PCB that is inside. There are 8 Intel NAND chips here.
So where is the controller? It is actually on the opposite side of the PCB. So if we remove 4 more screws we can take the PCB completely off and turn it around to take a look at the controller. It is the SandForce SF-2281VB1-SDC chip that we have seen in all of the other SATA 6GB/s drives we have reviewed. On the backside of the PCB there are spots where NAND chips would go, but since this is the 60GB version there are not any.
Jan 30, 2015 0