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Phison PS5016-E16 PCIe 4.0 SSD First Look Preview (Page 3)

By Chris Ramseyer from Jun 18, 2019 @ 10:00 CDT

Game Load Time

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On this page, we focus on real-world performance with applications.

The first is our game load time test that comes from the Final Fantasy: Stormblood game. This test favors SSDs with strong random read performance, like many modern games. We were surprised the new E16 reference design trailed the MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro with the older E12 controller in this test. I'm sure Phison and partners are still working on the firmware that will eventually ship on retail products.

PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth

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Even without the aid of PCIe 4.0's bandwidth, the E16 reference design gets very close to the HP EX950 in the PCMark 8 Storage Test.

PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test

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Samsung has used its five-core Phoenix controller and high-bandwidth flash to dominate write heavy workloads. Silicon Motion, Inc. and Phison have been closing the gap with dual-core controllers under heavy workloads but still, have a long way to go. The new E16 gets closer to Samsung's 970 EVO in steady state, but Samsung recently released the 970 EVO Plus that managed to double the gains made from the E12 to the E16.

SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness and Power Tests

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The Phison E16 reference design SSD improved the system responsiveness score over the MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro we tested with the E12 controller. We expected to see a larger gap between these two drives and hope the finalized retail products can squeeze a little more performance out.

MobileMark 2012 1.5 Notebook Battery Life

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Retail SSDs based on the Phison E12 controller were never strong products for notebook battery life in our Lenovo Y700-17 gaming system. The new E16 looks to follow that same path. I don't expect to see a PCIe 4.0 notebook for some time, so this shouldn't be an issue for most people looking for the longest battery life on the go.

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