The relatively low price point moves the PNY Prevail Elite squarely into enthusiast and mainstream targets. Mainstream users surfing the web and Facetwitting don't require the endurance offered by the Elite version from the Prevail product line, but having the peace of mind can often ease internal rumblings about moving to a new technology. Many have yet to experience the performance offered by solid state technology. The price certainly makes the Prevail Elite attractive, although it does cost a bit more than average LSI SandForce drives on the market at this time. The price difference really isn't that far apart, much less than we imagined going into this review.
Enthusiasts are a different breed and the label spans a wide market, from gamers to power users. This drive would be really good as a boot/OS drive in your daily use desktop or notebook not requiring a lot of 'on battery' time. In a tiered storage situation with a Vector or 840 Pro taking the OS duty, the Prevail Elite would work really well as a scratch disk. A place to download your files from the web, run the decompression stage that chews through P/E cycles quickly, then you can shoot the data to a long-term storage device like a mechanical drive or NAS. Another high P/E cycle use is cache drives where the SSD sits in front of a larger storage group built with mechanical drives. Drobo already has this feature on some of their NAS products, and I wouldn't be surprised to see QNAP, Thecus, Synology and Asustor follow suit soon (hopefully at Computex next month). In a cache situation, the SSD is constantly changing data, so the drive runs at 100% utilization to keep as much hot data as ready as possible.
As a power user, I wouldn't mind picking up a handful of Prevail Elite drives to use with a dedicated RAID controller like a LSI 9271-8i. RAID 5 and 6 comes to mind for the best of both worlds, high performance that tops 2000MB/s sequential reads and writes with the data redundancy of RAID. RAID increases the P/E count because of the redundant data included with the actual data.
PNY doesn't include a desktop adapter bracket, but their line of thinking comes down to drive sled installations, mostly in rackmount servers. The price at the time of writing for the 240GB Prevail Elite was roughly $230. This is the lowest price point we've seen 10K rated flash in a 240GB SSD, so it's quite the cross over SSD going from enterprise to consumer. The Prevail Elite is available from a large number of e-tailers as well so it's not like the supply is limited like some of the specialty SSDs coming from Asia. Actually, PNY assembles their SSDs in its new factory in New Jersey.
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