PNY Prevail Elite SATA 3 SSD Review – Performance Meets eMLC Endurance And Consumer Value

PREVAIL ELITE SPECIFICATIONS

The PNY Prevail Elite is available in capacities of 120, 240 and 480GB and prices can be found at Amazon at $144, $239 and $599 where, at least for the 240GB version, this breaks the $1/GB price barrier which is amazing for an eMLC SSD.  Performance for the Prevail Elite is 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write with a high of 85,000 IOPS at low 4k random write disk access and the warranty is a five year warranty, standard three with two additional years added on when registering the SSD with PNY.

A very special characteristic that PNY has included that just may be an industry first is their endurance guarantee which is displayed on their exterior packaging as either 3k or 10k, the latter being standard for the Prevail Elite.  Briefly, this speaks to the times that an SSD can complete a full program and erase cycle (P/E) of it’s memory which translates to life span.  With a 10,000 P/E guarantee, PNY is stating that their drives will have 2-3 times better endurance than just about every consumer SSD we are seeing on the market today.  This is solely through use of their enterprise grade memory that we will get to shortly.

PREVAIL ELITE EXTERIOR AND COMPONENTS

The most noticeable thing in handling the Prevail Elite SSD is that it is of a thick metal construction and has that cold metal feel in your hands.  Four screws secure the exterior base to it’s shell and when removed, it is very apparent that this SSD has been machined to perfection.

Once opened, a thermal pad is observed covering the SSD controller as well as two other metal bars that match perfectly to the memory on the printed circuit board (PCB).

The PCB contains the LSI SandForce SF-2281 flash storage processor (FSP) along with 16 modules of 16GB 25nm Intel enterprise grade MLC synchronous NAND flash memory (29F16B16MCME1).  In checking the specs of this memory, we only found it to have been utilized in one other SSD, the Galaxy Laser EX 240GB of Chinese manufacture. Even in that review (translated), they speak of this specific model of memory being very rare for use in a SSD.

A quick click on any of our photos will bring up a high resolution picture. 

Total RAW capacity for the PNY Prevail Elite is 256GB (16×16), however, formatting the SSD leaves the end user with a total available capacity of 224GB.

This picture displays Intel’s 25nm synchronous eMLC NAND flash memory first hand and remember, this has been rarely seen in SSDs as of yet.

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David Bell
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Good one Les! Looks like a super good SSD. Hmmm, this or the 840 Pro???

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I AM IN LOVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sam Chen
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Wow… performance aside, 10K P/E eMLC, 5 year warranty at $1/GB? Unreal… Excellent review, Les.

David Bell
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I do not see the 480GB yet for sale. Soon I hope!

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need more high performance eMLC and SLC SSDs at large capacity thats for sure. please bring out the 1tb version soon!