Faspeed M3 SSD Review: The Cheapest Way to Speed Up old Laptop

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Faspeed SSD Review: The Cheapest Way (under $20) to speed up laptop 15x

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.

There are tons of software that promise to speed up computers by 400%. Please do not fall for these. Simply because, they don’t work at all! All you need for this is an SSD (Solid State Drive).

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:-

Before we talk about the performance of this SSD, let’s talk a little about the SSD’s specs etc.

Faspeed M3 SSD Specs

Faspeed M3 SSD supports SATA III 6Gbps ports
SATA III port on Faspeed SSD
  • SATA III (6Gbps)
  • 7mm width
  • Available Capacities – 32GB, 60GB, 90GB, 120GB, 128GB, 180GB, 240GB, 256GB, 360GB, 480GB
  • 2.5″
  • 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

Faspeed M3 SSD 180GB Review
Faspeed M3 SSD

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

Back side of Faspeed M3 SSD has the company logo with serial number and other details
Back side

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:-

Faspeed M3 SSD Benchmark on CrystalDiskMark: 548.5MB/s Read Speed and 228.9/s Write Speed
Faspeed M3 SSD Benchmark

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

Faspeed M3 SSD vs 5400rpm HDD
Faspeed M3 SSD vs 5400rpm 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
2 minutes
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
Hitman Absolution
(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.

Conclusion

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.

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