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Phison E7 NVMe PCIe FW 2.1 SSD Performance Preview

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Sep 12, 2016 12:00 pm

NOTE: All benchmark screenshots are empty secondary volumes. Charts are OS Disk 75% full unless otherwise noted.

 

Moderate Workload Model

 

We categorize these tests as indicative of a light to moderate workload environment.

 

PCMark Vantage - Hard Disk Tests

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.2.0.0

 

The reason we like PCMark Vantage is because the recorded traces are played back without system stops. What we see is the raw performance of the drive. This allows us to see a marked difference between scoring that other trace-based benchmarks do not exhibit. An example of a marked difference in scoring on the same drive would be empty vs. filled.

 

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Scoring OS Disk 75% Full

 

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When testing with Vantage, there is always a big drop in performance when data is on the drive. Have a look at the Intel 750 on our chart for an example. We want to see a score of over 90K with an NVMe SSD that is 75% full. E7-powered SSDs couldn't achieve 90K at 75% full, until now.

 

Look at the Zotac Sonix; it can only hit 76K at 75% full. The E7's with 2.1 firmware that we are testing today smash right past 90K quite easily. Intel's most powerful consumer SSD is not even close to achieving 90K and like its score, the Intel 750 does not deliver a user experience anywhere near as good as the E7's with 2.1 firmware.

 

 

PCMark 7 - System Storage

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.4.0

 

We will look to Raw System Storage scoring for evaluation because it's done without system stops and, therefore, allows us to see significant scoring differences between drives.

 

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Scoring OS Disk 75% Full

 

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Pecking order remains the same as we saw with our Vantage testing. The E7's with 2.1 firmware all outperform Intel's 750 1.2TB, Samsung's 950 Pro's dominate, and Toshiba's RD400 finishes ahead of the E7's. Again, we note a huge increase in performance over the Zotac Sonix.

 

All of the E7's with 2.1 firmware are within 170 points of one another. It is nice to see that you don't lose any significant amount of performance with the E7 at the 240GB capacity point.

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