PNY CS2030 NVMe M.2 240GB SSD Review



IOMeter is heavily weighted towards the server side of things, and since we here at HWC are more end-user centric we will be setting and judging the results of IOMeter a little bit differently than most. To test each drive we ran 5 test runs per HDD/SSD (1, 4, 16, 64, 128 queue depth) each test having 8 parts, each part lasting 10 min with an additional 20 second ramp up. The 8 subparts were set to run 100% random, 80% read 20% write; testing 512b, 1k, 2k, 4k, 8k, 16k, 32k, 64k size chunks of data. When each test is finished IOMeter spits out a report, in that report each of the 8 subtests are given a score in I/Os per second. We then take these 8 numbers add them together and divide them by 8. This gives us an average score for that particular queue depth that is heavily weighted for single user environments.

Thanks to the aggressive way in which the controller does internal house cleaning, the CS2030 would actually make a pretty decent workstation drive – as it can easily keep up with Toshiba’s RD series. By the same token, we did have to remove the Intel 750 as otherwise all the other drives would have simply been a smear at the bottom. What this means is this drive can whistle the workstation tune, but it is not optimized nor intended for true workstation usage.

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