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PNY Optima 240GB SSD Review - A Low Cost SSD for the Mainstream at $90

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Apr 29, 2014 5:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: PNY

PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.0

 

For a complete breakdown on the Drives with Data Testing, please read this article. You will be able to perform this test at home with the files provided in the article; full instructions are included.

 

Brief Methodology

 

SSDs perform differently when used for a period of time and when data is already present on the drive. The purpose of the Drives with Data testing is to show how a drive performs in these 'dirty' states. SSDs also need time to recover, either with TRIM or onboard garbage collection methods.

 

Drives with Data Testing - 25%, 50%, 75% Full States and Dirty / Empty Test

Files needed for 60 (64GB), 120 (128GB), 240 (256GB)

60GB Fill - 15GB, 30GB, 45GB

120GB Fill - 30GB, 60GB, 90GB

240GB Fill - 60GB, 120GB, 160GB

Empty but Dirty - a test run just after the fill tests and shows if a drive needs time to recover or if performance is instantly restored.

 

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The SMI engineering sample we tested last year performed very well when 50% of the total flash had data on it. The 240GB model from PNY did very well too, but not as well as the 128GB sample last year.

 

It will be interesting to see what we come up with while testing the PNY Optima 120GB if we get one. We'll work on that in the coming weeks to see what has changed between the early silicon and the final product.

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