ZOTAC SONIX PCIe SSD (480GB)
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