THE FLASH

ZOTAC SONIX PCIe SSD (480GB)

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - By Az­izul Rah­man Is­mail

when com­pared to stan­dard HDDs.

The con­troller – Phi­son PS5007-E7 – has eight chan­nels, and can the­o­ret­i­cally sup­port up to 350,000 4KB ran­dom read IOPS (in­put/ output op­er­a­tions per sec­ond), and up to 250,000 ran­dom write IOPS. As an SSD based on NVMe (Non-Volatile Mem­ory Ex­press) tech­nol­ogy, the drive is locked in at 1.2, and sup­ports er­ror cor­rec­tion with 120-bit/2KB BCH code, endto-end data path pro­tec­tion, diverse wear-lev­el­ing, an AES256 en­gine, and more.

The SONIX PCIe SSD is small, and it's hard to con­vey how tiny it is es­pe­cially com­pared to its pack­ag­ing. The front of the drive fea­tures a full-length metal cover per­fo­rated with vent holes, while the back half of the drive also fea­tures a sheet metal cover with the word ZOTAC cut out of it, which acts as a heatsink and pro­vides pro­tec­tion for the ICs lo­cated un­der­neath it.

As this is an SSD, wear­ing it out is al­ways a worry. The drive is op­ti­mized to re­duce wear and pro­long its op­er­at­ing life. How­ever, it is not rec­om­mended for pro­cesses that re­quire con­stant small file writes.

Also, it nei­ther gen­er­ates ex­ces­sive heat, noise or vi­bra­tions like a nor­mal HDD would. In our tests, the drive man­ages an av­er­age speed of 1,311MB/s read and 1,438MB/s write.

Per­for­mance is not a prob­lem for the SONIX's Phi­son PS5007-E7 con­troller. In fact, it shines in many ways. The price is also an im­por­tant fac­tor, but you are get­ting the per­for­mance that you are pay­ing for, and on top of it all, a three-year war­ranty. M AY 2 0 1 6 | HWM 89

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