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Phison E7 NVMe PCIe FW 2.1 SSD Performance Preview

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Sep 12, 2016 12:00 pm

Final Thoughts




With Phison's new 2.1 firmware, E7-powered SSDs are indeed ready for primetime. If you are looking for an NVMe SSD, E7-powered drives are worth taking a close look at. The performance delivered is blistering fast, and the user experience is on par with the fastest consumer-based NVMe SSDs ever made. It all comes down to one thing; user experience.



The only gripe we have is a small one; the lack of a proprietary NVMe driver. If Phison had one, we believe the E7 would give Toshiba's RD400 a run for its money. Additionally, Windows 7 users would be able to enjoy E7 SSDs running at their full potential. We gave our E7's a try with Windows standard NVMe driver for Windows 7 and Server 2008, and we can tell you it's a no-go, just as it is for any NVMe SSD without a proprietary driver.


TweakTown has been working with Phison providing feedback on different firmware revisions and how they perform. We are happy with firmware 2.1, very happy, and we know you will be as well. We want to thank Phison for providing us the opportunity to be first to publish benchmarks with their new firmware. Because this is a performance preview, we do not give an award. We will save that for retail E7 products coming down the pipe. Although we will not be giving an award today, we will provide the Phison E7 with firmware 2.1 a TweakTown recommendation. Well done, Phison.

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