Specifications, Pricing and Availability
Offered in 120GB, 240GB and large 480GB capacity sizes, the PNY Prevail Elite is a unique product offered at a consumer SSD price, but utilizes high endurance, enterprise grade MLC flash. Unfortunately we've had the PNY Prevail Elite for nearly a year. When released, the Prevail and Prevail Elite shipped with LSI's 5.0.2 firmware, the last of the broken TRIM code. It took PNY quite a while to release a firmware update, but eventually they released both 5.0.5 and 5.0.6 code to customers. Today we're running 5.0.5 and hope PNY will publish 5.0.7 soon.
The typical LSI SandForce MLC performance numbers accompany the Prevail Elite 240GB - 550MB/s sequential read and 520MB/s sequential write speeds. PNY specifies random read and write operations at 4KB at 85,000 IOPS. That number should be correct for the random write speed, but the random read performance is closer to 60K at a queue depth of 32.
The PNY Prevail Elite uses the consumer class SF-2281 controller and pairs it with enterprise grade Intel 25nm synchronous NAND flash rated at 10K P/E cycles. As mentioned, this is a unique combination and one that you would expect to spend a fortune on to own. On the PNY website the 240GB model has a MSRP of nearly $750, but Google shopping unveiled a stunning number of e-tailers with the retail version of the drive for less than $250. Once you sift through the rubble, Tiger Direct and Provantage stand out with roughly $230 price points for the 240GB model we're looking at today.
Provantage shows the 120GB Prevail Elite in stock for $134.27 and the large 480GB for $576.84. PNY's catalog shows a number of part numbers for the three capacity size Prevail Elite. Options offered are two retail box versions of the 120GB and 240GB with a single retail box 480GB product. All three drives are also offered with brown box packaging and in bulk trays similar to how we receive products for large drive count RAID reviews.
PNY backs the Prevail Elite with a three year warranty that extends to five years when registered at PNY's website.