KingSpec E3000S Challenger SSD Review – EMLC Endurance and LSI SandForce Performance


You may not see this for long (and its definitely not common) but you get a freebee simply for reading!  Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta testing new benchmark software called Anvil Storage Utilities which is an absolutely amazing SSD benchmarking utility.  Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and utilize in our benchmark testing.


Kingspec E3000S SSD Anvil oFill Score

Scoring of the KingSpec E3000s SSD is excellent.  As we predicted, compressible data testing displayed typical LSI SandForce 4k write IOPS results in and around the 80,000 mark.


The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications


The KingSpec Challenger Series E3000s SATA 3 SSD provided some of the best results we have seen in a while on PCMark Vantage.  With a Total Score of 70217, a high transfer speed of 428MB/s while testing in Windows Media Center, and 7 of 8 tests technically displaying SATA 3 transfer speed results, there aren’t many SSDs out there that will better these results.

Kingspec E3000S SSD Vantage Score

Our SSD Vantage Total Point Hierarchy Chart displays the top SSDs we have tested to date and ranks them according to their Vantage Total Point Scoring alone.  Close to a hundred SSDs have not made this chart.

Vantage Total Scoring

It also merits noting that this is only the second SSD that contains eMLC memory to date and, in fact, this SSD is practically the twin to the PNY Prevail Elite who also made the grade with just a bit higher score.


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    Why is it that the majority of “Enterprise” SSDs are only available SATA interfaces and not SAS?

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      It is a combination of the fact that SATA is more common and, with respect to enterprise, there are much fewer SAS SSDs to be tested. We can compound this even further with the fact that these drives usually value considerably higher and many companies have yet to rely on such testing by SSD review sites.

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        This is correct. Just like PNY there will be shallow support for firmware and they will never get on the LSI supported drive list. If you are not on the LSI or Adaptec supported list, the first answer from support will be – you are not using a supported drive. End of support. The PNY Prevail reviewed here, I had to return due to ghetto wire (patch wires) which is pretty scary. I can only hope this company will update their firmware and fix the bugs quickly. PNY did not and was an epic fail.

        Also remember Mixing sata and sas will result in SAS dropping its LVD voltage down to SATA levels causing less stability. This is why many companies still use interposers so you do not have the STP protocol overhead and SATA voltage levels. LSI controllers let you mix sata and sas withing a raid-set. I have found that many oem’s have problems with generic sata drives but not their own custom firmware drives.

        LSI based cards, say PERC H700 with samsung 840 pro – have problems with drives dropping? I’ll tell you exactly why. The 830 ignored the SAS commands that dell added to their samsung drives. The 840 pro resets and is marked for failure.

        You really need to be careful when you mix consumer chipsets and try to use them with enterprise controllers.

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        That’s not entirely correct. All SF SSDs are on the supported drive list and FW is forwarded as validated. PNY is up to date and had to wait for exactly that.

        Thanks for the input!

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    gotta love the black pcb 😀

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    Awesome the black PCB and the 10 000 times P/E nand chip

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