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PNY Prevail 240GB SSD Review - PNY Prevail 240GB SSD

PNY Prevail 240GB SSD Review
PNY's Prevail 240GB SSD is supposed to ship with 3K P/E cycle flash, but we found a nice surprise in our sample. It shipped with 5K P/E cycle flash.
| SSDs in Storage | Posted: Sep 13, 2013 2:03 am
TweakTown Rating: 86%Manufacturer: PNY

PNY Prevail 240GB SSD

 

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The Prevail packaging isn't much different than the Prevail Elite we tested a few months back. The front covers a number of features and the warranty.

 

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The back of the box covers the specifications and gives more details on the warranty. On the bottom left of the box PNY gives a web address for ordering accessory packages for notebooks and desktops.

 

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The drive is packaged well with foam on all sides.

 

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As we mentioned, the accessory package is pretty slim, you only get a SATA cable.

 

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Here we get our first look at the PNY Prevail 240GB.

 

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There isn't anything particularly exciting about the outside of the drive. It is a full size 9.5mm z-height SSD so some Ultrabooks are not compatible.

 

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The Prevail Series uses LSI SandForce SF-2281 controllers. PNY placed a thermal pad on the FPU so heat will transfer to the case instead of just going back into the copper PCB and carried to the flash.

 

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The Prevail is a basic LSI SandForce SF-2281 design. It doesn't use super caps or a DRAM buffer. It's a mature yet solid design that gets the job done.

 

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The other side of the drive exposes the NAND flash array. There are 16 packages total, with two die per package.

 

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PNY has converted over to the new B02 stepping of the SF-2281, a lower power 2281 FPU.

 

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The flash on our Prevail sample is the same Intel chose for the 520 Series and Kingston chose for the original HyperX SSD. This is without a doubt Intel 5K P/E cycle synchronous NAND.

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