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Buffalo MiniStation Velocity 960GB external SSD Review

Rating: 8.5.

Buffalo's MiniStation Velocity range is the flagship of company's portable SSD range of storage drives. Based around an SSD drive, the MiniStation Velocity uses a USB 3.1 (Gen 2) interface and Buffalo claim it to be the slimmest portable SSD of its class at just 8.8mm thick.

The 960GB drive is the flagship of the MiniStation Velocity SSD range, with 240GB and 480GB being the other capacities available. The drive is built into an aluminium enclosure and is available in two colours, silver or black.

There’s no hint of what NAND and controller are being used in the drive on the spec sheet for it, but the CrystalDiskMarkInfo utility recognises it as a Toshiba THNSN9960GESG.

This drive combines Toshiba 19nm TLC NAND and a Phison PS3110-S10 controller. Performance for the drive is quoted by Buffalo as reaching above 500MB/s for reads and above 480MB/s for writes.

Buffalo back the drive with a 2-year warranty.

Physical Specifications:
Usable Capacities: 240GB, 480GB, 960GB
NAND Components: Toshiba 19nm TLC
Interface: USB 3.1 (Gen 2)
Form Factor: External drive
NAND Controller: Phison PS3110-S10
Dimensions: 115 x 79 x 8.8mm
Drive Weight: 100g

Firmware Version: SAFM12.3

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