PNY CS2030 NVMe M.2 240GB SSD Review


Partial and Full Drive Performance

While it is important to know how a drive will perform under optimal conditions, more realistic scenarios are just as important. Knowing if a solid state drive will behave differently when partially or even nearly full than when it is empty is very important information to know. To quickly and accurately show this crucial information we have first filled the drive to 50% capacity and re-tested using both synthetic and real world tests. After the completion of this we then re-test at 75% and 90% of full capacity.

Synthetic Test Results
For our synthetic testing we have opted for our standard PCMark 7 test.

Real World Results
For a real world application we have opted for a modified version of our standard Windows 7 Start Up test. Unlike our standard Windows 7 image this image is based on a working system that has been upgraded numerous times of the past few years and represents an even more realistic real world test.

This is where Phison-based models really shine, and unsurprisingly the CS2030 is no exception. This drive may not start out as fast as the biggest and fastest from Intel and Toshiba, but its shear reliability and lack of performance drop off is bloody fantastic. We are not exaggerating when we say this is one of the few small drives that could have ever post results anywhere near this good.

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