Specifications, Pricing and Availability
When PNY released LSI SandForce based SSDs with SF-2281 controllers, they started with four distinct models - XLR8, XLR8 Pro, Prevail and Prevail Elite. The typical SandForce overprovisioned capacity sizes were deployed - 120GB, 240GB and 480GB.
Prevail and Prevail Elite are the flagship products advertised as enterprise parts. The Prevail has at least 3K P/E cycle flash and Prevail Elite has 10K P/E cycle flash for high write environments. Both Prevail drives use Intel 25nm synchronous NAND flash. Even though the Prevail's advertising says 3K P/E cycles, our sample shipped with Intel's 5K P/E cycle flash.
PNY claims a 550 MB/s sequential read and 520 MB/s sequential write speeds for Prevail. Random read and write IOPS are claimed to be up to 85K, but that rating hasn't been possible with LSI SandForce firmware for close to a year now.
PNY provides a five-year warranty on Prevail if you register your drive on PNY.com. As they say, membership has its rewards, as without registering your drive, the warranty drops to just three years. The accessory package is slim, Prevail only comes with a SATA cable.
Standing in the way of purchasing the 240GB Prevail is PNY's Prevail Elite 240GB. At the time of writing, Newegg shows both products in stock, $249.99 for the Prevail, but the Elite model with enterprise grade 10K P/E cycle flash, is only $239.99. Given that Prevail Elite is potentially the best value for an enterprise class SSD on the market today and cost less than Prevail in the same capacity size, I'd purchase the Elite model over the base model and pocket the difference.
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