Review PNY 240GB SSD drive PNY XLR8 CS2211 – The strong state drive (SSD) world was a remarkable quick moving business sector for as far back as couple of years. Yet, come mid 2016, things have settled down a bit. That is on account of the majority of the real players have settled on what will be the standard breakdown for their groups of 2.5-inch SSDs based around the SATA 6Gbps interface.
Review PNY SSD drive PNY XLR8 CS2211 (240GB)
That standard course of action for most producers, these days, comprises of good for nothing per-cell MLC-based SSDs for their midrange models, and three-piece per-cell TLC-based SSDs for the worth or section level portion. (See our aide Buying a Solid-State Drive: 20 Terms You Need to Know for additional on MLC and TLC.) Samsung was the main SSD producer to embrace this system, with its SSD 840 Pro and SSD 840 EVO drives, and since it worked so well for the memory mammoth and its buyers, different merchants are currently mimicking the playbook.
The most recent of them is PNY. The organization has reported two new SSDs concentrating on—you got it—the midrange and passage level fragments of the business sector. In this audit, we’ll be analyzing the organization’s new midrange drive. It is named the “PNY CS2211,” yet has the additional name of “XLR8” on it (continued from a portion of the organization’s prior shopper drive models) to show it’s being promoted at gamers. It even says “Bad-to-the-bone Gaming Certified” on it, on the off chance that you require that spelled out for you.
We for the most part feign exacerbation at such names, as they are sheer advertising, and we’ll do likewise at this drive. With a SSD, being “Gaming Certified”— as though there were an administering body that made any such determination!— doesn’t mean much specifically, beside the dubious idea that the SSD ought to convey enhanced “amusement load” times. Any SSD ought to do that, however, versus a standard hard drive.
The hyperbolic mark aside, this PNY drive has not too bad center details, however they are much the same as you’d see for any midrange SSD. It utilizes MLC NAND streak, and, in any event by PNY’s cases, it can run straight up to the edge of the points of confinement forced by the SATA 6Gbps interface. The drive is the successor to the PNY XLR8 CS2111 we assessed back in July 2015, with the significant change this time around being that the organization is utilizing another controller chip, and the SSD now delivers with Acronis’ drive-cloning programming. The absence of an included cloning utility was a noteworthy oversight in the past era that is currently, thankfully, been amended.
In spite of the fact that the past CS2111 model utilized a controller from Silicon Motion, this new clump of drives utilize the time tested Phison S10 controller, which has been being used for some time and is found in a cluster of outstanding SSDs including the Kingston HyperX Savage and Corsair Neutron XT. Normally PNY has taken an ideal opportunity to adjust and artfulness the controller to concentrate most extreme execution from the drive, so it’s not precisely the same as different drives that utilization this controller, or blaze. As indicated by PNY, the CS2211 is appraised to convey up to 565MB every second in consecutive read speeds, and up to 540MB every second for successive composes. As far as arbitrary read and compose execution, it’s evaluated to present to 95,000 IOPS, which is not all that bad for a drive of this nature. Just the quickest drives can break 100,000 IOPS, however anything above 75,000 or so is very good.
As we noted over, the drive utilizes useless per-cell MLC NAND, which is standard these days for any SSD that is not entirely passage level in outline. This sort of NAND glimmer has turned into the go-to kind in the business sector for purchaser SSDs because of its satisfying mix of expense and execution. PNY offers the XLR8 CS2211 in three limits: 240GB (the form we are trying), alongside bigger 480GB and 960GB limits. The valuing is to a great degree focused, as well. At this writing toward the beginning of February 2016, we saw the 240GB drive offering for $90, the 480GB drive going for $160, and the 960GB drive at around $310. These costs are all equivalent to what the class-driving Samsung SSD 850 EVO is going for, so the two are uniformly coordinated.
One of a kind trait of this XLR8 SSD is that rather than PNY offering a customary three-year guarantee—like verging on each other drive in its midrange class, with one outstanding special case—it knocks it up to four years. PNY likewise gives without toll telephone support all through the guarantee time frame. In spite of the fact that four years is extraordinary, we’d be delinquent in the event that we didn’t bring up that Samsung finish that with five years on its SSD 850 EVO drives.
One region in which the PNY drive is missing, be that as it may, is in local, SSD-particular programming. Aside from the Acronis application, PNY offers a “drive utility” for the CS2211, yet everything it can do is overhaul the drive’s firmware. This is truly the barest conceivable least we could anticipate from SSD-producer programming, and it remains in stark correlation with the full-highlighted, smooth programming bundles offered with SSDs from business sector pioneers, for example, Samsung and Intel.
Like the utility blend, the adornment group is incline. The drive ships with nothing in the container beside a 2mm plastic spacer outline. That is implied for tablet upgraders, and it gives you a chance to wedge this 7mm-thick SSD into a portable workstation that has a 9.5mm-high drive inlet without the drive rattling around inside and twisting the SATA connectors. We’re seeing less and less SSD creators packaging desktop drive plate (for, say, changing over a 3.5-inch drive cove to use with a 2.5-inch SSD) nowadays, so we can’t blame PNY for excluding one of those.
Note that the Acronis programming is not physically present; a foldout guide inside the container has the product key code you have to download your duplicate of the system, on the off chance that you need to utilize it to clone your current drive to the SSD.