When I stumbled on the Inland Professional SATA III SSD, it was the 5th best-selling SSD on Amazon. The drive comes in three sizes, and pricing starts at just $24.99 for the 120GB model.
Inland Professional is an established brand that specializes in rebranding products. A search will deliver vast results that range from power generators to tents and 3D printer filament. Most still remember the Inland name from low-cost surge protectors from the last decade.
None of those products has anything to do with the Inland Professional SATA III SSD, aside from the product packaging. Phison builds the SATA III SSD on the same manufacturing lines used by big-name enthusiast companies with the same components. Microcenter, the 25 brick and mortar chain store in the United States, imports the drives, sells, and guarantees them with a three-year warranty.
The Inland Professional SATA III is a DRAMless SSD using the Phison S11 controller. It's not a fast drive by most standards, but it gives shoppers an alternative to hard disk drives. The 480GB SSD costs slightly more than a small mechanical drive, and you would have trouble finding a used HDD on Craigslist for the $25 asking price of the 120GB model.
Over the last decade, we all learned that any SSD is better than a HDD. That rule still stands today, and with the rise of 3D memory, and more advanced controller IP, the gap between flash and platters has increased.
The Inland Professional SATA III has a large performance drop off as we move down through the capacity range. The 480GB model delivers up to 550 MB/s sequential read and 490 MB/s sequential write speeds. The random performance reaches up to 70,000 IOPS read and 60,000 IOPS write.
Moving down to the 240GB model, the sequential performance stays the same but the random reads drop to 42,000 IOPS. The random writes increase to 80,000 IOPS due to fewer cells for the DRAMless architecture to keep track of.
There are parallels between the 240GB and 120GB models in random writes but the seminaries stop there. The 120GB drives drop to just 520 MB/s sequential read and 410 MB/s sequential write speeds. The random read performance takes the biggest hit with the drive achieving just 38,000 IOPS.
Pricing, Warranty, And Endurance
The most interesting aspect of this series is the price and warranty. The series starts out at just $24.99 for the 120GB model and increases to $42.99 at the mid-tier 240GB. The most promising drive for our readers has to be the $72.99 480GB.
The Inland Professional SATA III warranty is through Microcenter, where our samples came from. The warranty period is three years, but also limited by the amount of data written to the flash. According to the Microcenter webpage, the 480GB and 240GB both share a 262 terabytes written (TBW) rating while the smallest drive in the series carries 181 TBW.
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