PNY CS2030 NVMe M.2 240GB SSD Review


Crystal DiskMark

Crystal DiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your drives. Currently, the program allows us to measure sequential and random read/write speeds, and also allows us to set the number of tests iterations to run. We left the number of tests at 5 and the size at 100MB.


PCMark 7

While there are numerous suites of tests that make up PCMark 7, only one is pertinent: the HDD Suite. The HDD Suite consists of numerous tests that try and replicate real world drive usage. Everything from how long a simulated virus scan takes to complete, to MS Vista start up time to game load time is tested in these core tests; however, we do not consider this anything other than just another suite of synthetic tests. For this reason, while each test is scored individually we have opted to include only the overall score.

With our attention now turning towards the harder tests, the PNY CS2030 does indeed post impressive numbers, but they are not at the top of the charts. Part of this is because both Intel and Toshiba would never sample a smaller and thus slower version like PNY does. Mainly though, it is because Phison puts more emphasis on long-term stability than on short-term performance. By dedicating entire cores to internal house cleaning, and not real-time I/O demands, Phison-based drives can appear to be ‘slower’ than they will be in 6 months or 6 years from now.

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