PNY CS1311 SSD Review (120GB/480GB)

REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS

Throughout our synthetic benchmarks the CS1311 reached over 560MB/s read and 530MB/s write. 4K read performance was good, but 4K write was a bit on the low side. The latency results throughout benchmarking were also very good. PCMark Vantage placed these drives near the bottom of the pack, but PC Mark 8 reveal very good performance overall. The 480GB model even led the pack during the recovery phase. Overall, PNY’s latest entry level TLC packed SSD, the CS1311, has put on a decent performance during our testing.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

The PNY CS1311 is set out to be a HDD replacement. It isn’t the fastest thing out there, but for its purpose and price point, it is a decent contender. Looking at the 240GB model right now, for $59.99, it is a good deal. If you are one who transfers large ISO or games or media files often, we suggest you look for a more premium type SSD. If you are just looking for a cheap drive to throw into any old machine, maybe even help a friend out who is stuck on a slow mechanical HDD, there is no shame in grabbing one of these for a good deal. They are significantly faster than HDDs for OS uses and will still bring anyone out of the early 2000’s to the snappy modern world we live in today. Plus, the Acronis True Image Migration software will be a great asset to anyone who isn’t up for the struggles of a full re-installation.

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The PNY CS1311 is a decent TLC option for those on a budget. Significantly faster than a HDD, this drive is a great step up for those who do not yet have the SSD experience.

User Rating: 2.14 ( 48 votes)

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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