Do you have an old slowing laptop lying around? Is it your Primary Computer or are a student who can’t afford a new one yet? If your Slow Laptop has an HDD, here’s the cheapest way to speed up laptops. Infact, all you need is $20 or less to speed up your laptop.
Many people, in attempts to speed up their old computers try to buy more RAM, buy software that don’t work, etc. Though they do help sometimes, a good SSD is something most other tricks can’t beat. Here’s our review of the Faspeed M3 SSD, which in my opinion is one of the cheapest, yet great quality SSD.
For an easier navigation, here is a Table of Contents for this review:-
Table of Contents
Before we talk about the performance of this SSD, let’s talk a little about the SSD’s specs etc.
Faspeed M3 SSD Specs
- SATA III (6Gbps)
- 7mm width
- Available Capacities – 32GB, 60GB, 90GB, 120GB, 128GB, 180GB, 240GB, 256GB, 360GB, 480GB
- 5 Years Warranty
I had bought a 180GB SSD. The Actual Capacity (usable) I got is 167GB.
That’s a quick look at the specs of the SSD. That should help you decide if the SSD is upto your requirements, which brings me to the pre-requisites before buying the SSD.
Requirements before buying Faspeed M3/Valuegist SSD
If you already have an HDD on your laptop, it doesn’t mean you can just swap it out for an SSD. Make sure your laptop supports SSDs. Most laptops with a SATA III port would support an SSD. But, to be sure, please consult with the user manual or contact your Laptop’s Customer Service.
To utilise the SSD fully, make sure the laptop has an SATA III. The older SATA II or SATA ports will give you only half the speed compared to a SATA III Port. So, make sure you have the latest SATA III port, with 6Gbps capacity to utilise the SSD fully.
The above requirements apply not only to this SSD, but to any SSD.
Faspeed M3 SSD Review
Now, let’s get to the review of the Faspeed M3 SSD. If it’s your first time with an SSD, the first thing you will appreciate the weight of this SSD. It’s almost as light as a Thumbstick. The body is completely plastic, but looks strong enough.
It took only a few minutes to install the Faspeed SSD on my laptop. You could search for YouTube videos on replacing the hard drive for your laptop. My laptop’s BIOS instantly detected the SSD as a Faspeed M3 180G. I didn’t expect this, since most Chinese SSDs have a generic ugly names in BIOS.
Another great thing I love about the Faspeed SSD is 5 Years Warranty. It’s great that they are ready to give you that warranty for such a low price.
Benchmark Results: Faspeed M3 SSD
For most people, the most conclusive review criterion for storage devices is a Benchmark. And, we used the popular tool – CrystalDiskMark to benchmark the Faspeed M3 SSD.
Before I post a screenshot, here’s the specs of the specs of the Dell Inspiron 5558 I ran the test on:-
- Intel Core i5 5250U
- 4GB DDR3 RAM (PC3-12800 at 800MHz)
- NVIDIA GeForce 920M 2GB GPU (Discrete)
- Intel HD Graphics 6000 GPU (Integrated)
- Windows 10
Though we are posting the results on an i5 5250, we also tried the SSD on an older 4th gen i3 laptop and it worked fine.
Without further ado, here are the benchmark results of the Faspeed M3 SSD:-
I have seen the Sequential Read speed go above 550MB/s and the Sequential Write speed above 230MB/s at times. This is a huge jump compared to my old HDD where it was a wonder if these values ever crossed 100MB/s.
Performance Review: Faspeed M3 SSD vs HDD
This article is aimed at people looking to speed up laptop. Specifically, people who still have traditional HDDs on their laptops. So, here’s a comparison of the performance change we saw after switching to the Faspeed M3 SSD from my old Toshiba HDD.
One of the first things I did after setting up the SSD on my system was install Windows 10. I saw the huge performance increase during the installation process itself. A Windows 10 installation on my HDD would take about 25-30 minutes. But, with the SSD, it took under 10 minutes!
For those wondering, if you have already activated Windows 10 (latest builds, esp. after 1607) on your HDD, the Windows 10 installation on the SSD will activate automatically after you sign in with your Microsoft account.
Application & Games Loading Times: Faspeed M3 SSD vs HDD
Now, let’s get to the real part. Most of you might buy SSDs for better performance in Productivity and Designing Apps. If that’s the case, expect surprises. We tested Adobe applications and some games, and here’s a quick comparison of the loading times of these on an HDD vs the Faspeed SSD. For a better review, these loading times are after about 2 months of usage.
|Loading Time on:||Faspeed M3 SSD||Toshiba 5400rpm HDD|
|Windows 10 Boot Time||11 seconds
BIOS Time – 5.5 seconds
BIOS Time – 13 seconds
|Adobe Photoshop CC 2019||16 seconds||2 minutes|
|Adobe Audition CC 2019||10 seconds||1 minute 40 seconds|
|Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019||24 seconds||2 minutes 50 seconds|
|Adobe After Effects CC 2019||38 seconds||3.5 – 4 minutes|
|CorelDRAW 2018||11 seconds||1.5 – 2 minutes|
(from Menu to In Game)
|31 seconds||2 minutes|
|Rise of the Tomb Raider
(from Menu to In Game)
|41 seconds||2.5 – 3 minutes|
|Need For Speed Most Wanted 2012
(from Menu to In Game)
|16 seconds||50 seconds|
|Windows 10 Shut Down Time||12 seconds||2 minutes|
I hope you see the great difference. Apart from that, I also noticed some benefits while running a local server with XAMPP. Earlier, my websites used to throw an error on first load. But, they have completely disappeared after switching to the SSD. If you are a Web Developer, make note!
At some point, I even tried to open 4 Adobe applications – Photoshop, Audition, After Effects and Premiere Pro at the same time. My laptop would have frozen with the HDD. But, with the Faspeed SSD, all the applications loaded, ready to be worked on in under a minute. Installation and uninstallation times have improved a lot too.
I also tried opening multiple browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera at the same time and was able to work with multiple tabs on each of them. I did see a great difference with these too on the SSD compared to my old 5400rpm HDD.
Multi tasking is a breeze now. My laptop hasn’t frozen since then. Remember, the only thing I upgraded is the SSD. If I had spent the money on an additional RAM stick, I am sure that, I wouldn’t have had this performance upgrade.
Faspeed M3 SSD Thermal Test
At last, but not the least, I would also like to add a few points about the SSD’s temperatures. the SSD manages to keep it’s temperature stable at 40°C. Only during times of very heavy load, I have seen it go upto 41°C. But, that’s it!
Buy Faspeed/Valuegist SSD
If you are wondering what “Valuegist” is, it’s the same as Faspeed. Faspeed sells it’s SSDs in China under the same name, but in other regions, they market their SSDs under the brand name – Valuegist. To confirm this, you can check the seller name. The seller of Valuegist SSD on Amazon.com is Faspeed USA.
Faspeed also has Official store on Aliexpress.
The lesson here is, a simple upgrade to an SSD will go a long way. I am glad that I didn’t spend on a new laptop or a RAM stick yet. With the SSD, I can keep using my laptop for another year, I guess. If you liked this article, please share it with your friends and also let us know about your experience too.