There are a number of low-cost NVMe SSDs shipping with the Phison PS5008-E8 controller today. The controller first appeared back in February 2018 on the MyDigitalSSD SBX but more recently, Corsair's MP300 and Patriot's Scorch came to market. For the most part, all of the drives use the same hardware, but firmware varies based on your time of purchase. Some companies do a good job of keeping the latest firmware available for users to update, and others don't, both releasing the code unless users find an issue.
For many users, the main feature of these products is simply the cost. You can pay more for a big brand name, fancy packaging, and a nice label or you can buy the cheapest one available for your budget build and ignore the fluff. The Inland Professional drives are the lowest priced Phison E8 drives shipping today and some of the lowest priced NVMe SSDs available. With prices this low, it's difficult to even look at SATA SSDs unless your system requirements don't support the low-latency protocol.
The Inland Professional NVMe drives are faster than nearly every SATA SSD where it matters. PCIe SSDs have always had a significant advantage in sequential throughput, but until recently, the low-cost products lacked random responsiveness making them less than ideal for most users. The Phison E8 with newer firmware fixed the latency issues, and these drives now give users premium SATA latencies with the sequential throughput boost.
What you get with these products is a well-rounded user experience that no longer sacrifices one to meet the other. For some, the Inland NVMe SSDs may be for budget builds but the two larger drives are likely faster and more responsive than your existing SATA SSD. We really wish Inland would release this series in a 1TB or a larger capacity. Low-cost NVMe SSDs will help usher these productsa to the mainstream, but gamers and some other users also require large capacity options to fit their existing data.
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