PNY CS1311 SSD Review (120GB/480GB)

CRYSTAL DISK BENCHMARK VER. 4.0.3 X64

Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of random data which is, for the most part, incompressible. Performance is virtually identical, regardless of data sample so we have included only that using random data samples.

120GB

PNY CS1311 SSD 120GB CDM

480GB

PNY CS1311 SSD 480GB CDM

Benching in Crystal Disk Mark we see the PNY CS1311 reaching sequential read speeds up to 564 MB/s and write speeds up to 534 MB/s. 4K QD1 performance isn’t that stellar but good to say the least. Read reached 32MB/s and write followed with 80MB/s. Overall, these results were expected considering the CS2211’s performance in our previous review.

AS SSD BENCHMARK VER 1.8

The toughest benchmark available for solid state drives is AS SSD as it relies solely on incompressible data samples when testing performance. For the most part, AS SSD tests can be considered the ‘worst case scenario’ in obtaining data transfer speeds and many enthusiasts like AS SSD for their needs. Transfer speeds are displayed on the left with IOPS results on the right.

120GB

PNY CS1311 SSD 120GB AS SSD PNY CS1311 SSD 120GB AS SSD IOPS PNY CS1311 SSD 120GB AS SSD Copy

480GB

PNY CS1311 SSD 480GB AS SSD PNY CS1311 SSD 480GB AS SSD IOPS PNY CS1311 SSD 480GB AS SSD Copy

During our AS SSD benchmarks we can see that the 480GB model has a very slight lead over the 120GB model due to its faster write speeds. Overall, the 120GB model reached 903 points while the 480GB model reached 1113 points! These results are very good given the nature of this SSD. Both drives reach 525MB/s read and 120GB mode reaches 441MB/s write while the 480GB model nearly reaches 500MB/s. 4K QD1 performance is good, reaching 37MB/s read and 71MB/s write. Access times (latency results) are also very good. During the Copy benchmark, both drives delivered decent results as well.

ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL

Anvil’s Storage Utilities (ASU) are the most complete test bed available for the solid state drive today. The benchmark displays test results for, not only throughput but also, IOPS and Disk Access Times. 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 use in our benchmark testing.

120GB

PNY CS1311 SSD 120GB Anvil

480GB

PNY CS1311 SSD 480GB Anvil

Finally, in Anvil we see that the performance is in line with what we have seen in the other tests. Overall, the 120GB CS1311 reached a total score of 3608 while the 480GB model delivered a much higher score of nearly 4,800 points. Let’s continue on and see how these drives handle our more realistic PCMark test suites.

22 comments

  1. Thats a pretty good price for a 240G version. Too bad its for the states 🙂

    But 15nm TLC is worrying for me personally. Its bad enough we went sub 20nm, let alone 15nm. But hey, everything for that price/gb 🙂

  2. It seems that the “entry level, value oriented” ox is itself being gored by a matador named PNY. Its offerings are the first that I have seen that seem to attempt to give features in line with their price point. That, my friends, is value.

    I am not currently in the market for an SSD but I will be when Intel comes out with Generation 8 processors so I am following developments closely. I personally would go for the 2211 – pay more to get more – but the value is there in both of them.

    I have a few PNY items and they are fine. I made two purchases last month and had awful problems ordering through their website but it was easy to get genuine human interface and complete the order by phone.

    It seems that a lot of SSD manufacturers compete mainly against HDDs and not against each other. It seems that PNY is here to compete against both.

    Jim

    • Hi Jim, we are sorry to hear you experienced issues with our website. Please e-mail offers@pnytechnologies.com with additional details so we can ensure this does not happen again in the future. Thank you.

      • The whole string was documented under the e-mail subject line “PNY Account will not accept my address”.

        It all was satisfactorily resolved at the time, albeit with considerable effort on the part of your people and me.

        I mentioned it here more as a disclosure/disclaimer.

        Jim

      • A genuinely unbiased comment here. Don’t see those too often in the wild.

  3. Mine failed in 6 months. Never again.
    I received an RMA number but need to pay shipping to send the dead drive back to PNY. I sent two emails asking if I’ll get a refund and I have not received a reply.
    I don’t know if I should waste any more money on this ‘thing’.

  4. i have one thes drive for the last 6 months but the last two or so i have had nothing but issues with it. i dont think pny drives are very relible for there price.

  5. I think the measured performance here is misleading, you don’t buy a SSD then marvel at how fast the empty drive is, it’s going to have stuff on it. As such results would be much more representative of actual real world situations if the drives were filled to around 20% capacity, in terms of a 120GB SSD that would be about the size of a OS install with drivers.

  6. I bought two of the 240GB CS1311 drives and configured them in a RAID0. The drives cannot sustain their max speeds for very long. The drives slow down during large file transfers, so I assume the DRAM cache that is being used to buffer the slower TLC NAND and it chokes after a couple GB of sustained transfer. It does feel like false marketing to list the “cache” speeds and IOPS, but I guess you get what you pay for. I think that SSD reviews need to start benching larger workloads than 256MB and 1GB in the era of TLC NAND.

    Also, after a week and a half one of the drives failed and died. I’m attempting RMA now…

  7. what is the country of origin for PNY SSD? Thanks.

  8. How about been able to see the reviews without eating a ton of carrots.

  9. How about been able to see the reviews without having to eat a ton of carrots

  10. Got 4 of these, there so cheap, in raid0 not bad…

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