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PNY Optima 240GB 2-Drive SSD RAID Report

By: Jon Coulter | RAID in Storage | Posted: Feb 17, 2015 3:12 pm

Drive Details - PNY Optima 240GB SSD

 

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PNY packages the Optima in an attractive white and light blue flip-top box. There is a picture of the drive on the top of the box.

 

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The rear of the box lists the contents of the box, and the drive's maximum random performance, power consumption, and compatibility.

 

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This is the complete contents of the drive's packaging. A spacer is included, but nothing else. However, for this price, we cannot complain.

 

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The top and sides of the drive's enclosure are formed from a cast piece of aluminum, giving it a nice heft. The drive is finished in a dark grey textured paint. Light grey lettering lists the name of the drive, and the capacity. Overall, it's a good looking piece of hardware with a quality feel to it.

 

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The bottom of the drive's enclosure is formed from another piece of cast aluminum, contributing to the drive's considerable heft. A manufacturer's sticker lists the drive's capacity, shipping firmware, model number, serial number, and other relevant information.

 

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Here's what PNY's Optima 240GB SSD looks like completely disassembled (at least the BOM we received). There is a thermally conductive pad to wick heat from the drive's controller and DRAM package into the thick cast aluminum enclosure. We removed the thermal pad for our photo.

 

 

Test System Setup

 

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- Array Properties

 

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The majority of our testing is performed with our test drive/array as our boot volume. Our boot volume is 75% full for all OS Disk "C" drive testing to replicate a typical consumer OS volume implementation. We are using 64k stripes for all of our three-drive arrays. C-states and speed stepping are both disabled in our system's BIOS, the high performance power plan is enabled in Windows, write-back caching is enabled via Intel's RST control panel, and Windows buffer flushing is disabled. We will be charting the performance of our featured array, as well as a single drive. We are utilizing Windows 8.1 64-bit for all of our testing.

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