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Zotac Sonix PCIe 480GB SSD Review

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Posted September 9, 2016 by Jeffrey Edson in Storage, HDs & SSDs

Overview

Hardware:
 
Manufacturer:
 
Price at time of Review: $280.00
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Really fast storage solution, and first NVME drive with full speeds over a PCIe x4 slot.
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Price at the current time is high for NVME drives.
 
BOTTOM LINE:
When choosing NVME drives you have to consider the price. The higher you go the more expensive it gets. Cost is a major factor when it comes to current NVME drives. You will definitely get outrageous speeds but that also comes with a major price tag.
by Jeffrey Edson
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Introduction

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NVMe SSDs are the enthusiast topic of interest right now. The storage industry has become affordable in the SSD market, but is trending towards NVMe as a replacement. This is faster and can reach GB/s rather than MB/s. It does this by bypassing the ACHI protocol and pushes the boundaries of what basic SSDs can’t. I will be looking at a Zotac implementation of NVMe using an HHHL PCIe card at 480GB. This is Zotac’s first consumer NVMe drive, and claims speeds of up to 2600 MB/s over PCIe gen 3. Let’s see if this drive can push the limit of NVMe and stand out among its competitors.

The specifications are as follows:

  • Form Factor
    PCIE Add-in-Card
  • Interface
    NVME 1.2 PCIE Gen 3 x 4
  • Flash Type
    MLC
  • DRAM Cache
    512MB DDR3
  • Capacity
    480GB
  • Sequential Read
    Up to 2,600 MB/s
  • Sequential Write
    Up to 1,300 MB/s
  • Random Read
  • Random Write
  • Power Consumption
    Read: 5.57W
    Write: 7.27W
    Idle: 0.5W
  • Thickness
  • Supported OS
    Windows, Mac OS, Linux
  • MTBF (hours)
    2,000,000
  • Accessories
    Bundled low-profile bracket
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