inland Platinum External SSD 1TB SSD Review - Native USB Speedster

Fast native USB storage is now coming out of the Phison camp. The inland Platinum external SSD is fast and supremely compatible.

@JonCoulterSSD
Published Tue, Jun 14 2022 9:50 AM CDT
Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Micro Center (MC 337550)

Introduction & Drive Details

After having reviewed Kingston's XS2000 with it being the first really high-speed native USB drive we'd ever seen, we came to an understanding that native USB can be superior to portable SSDs with a bridge chip. The main reason is compatibility. Compatibility is supremely important when it comes to fast portable storage. The XS2000 was, at that time, the only portable we'd ever tested that just worked and worked properly on any platform we tried. This is the beauty of native USB.

Traditionally, portable SSDs have relied upon bridge chips to interface with USB ports. Bridge chips are fine IF you have a motherboard that is compatible with said bridge chip. The problem is, there are a TON of compatibility issues across platforms and bridge chips. Often we have to swap around between USB cords, Type-A and Type-C, to get a portable SSD even to be recognized by the host system. And then, even if it is recognized, will it run at its rated speed? Often the answer is no. The frustration caused by bridge chip compatibility is real and can be extremely frustrating.

Now the problem with native USB until just recently has been performance. I mean, take a traditional USB thumb drive and try and copy large files onto it, try and run a game off one, yeah right. It's an exercise in patience, to say the least. Compare that with a portable SSD that is compatible with the host system. It's like comparing a mechanical HDD to a Gen4 NVMe SSD in terms of user experience. So, until recently, if you wanted to have fast portable storage, you had to take your chances regarding compatibility.

Maybe you had to update firmware on either the device or motherboard to get it to run right, maybe you got lucky, and it worked as expected. Maybe it only worked at reduced speeds over USB Type-A, maybe you couldn't even use it, or maybe it died quickly. Anyway, the point is fast portable storage that relies on a bridge chip to interface with the host can be kind of a crap shoot and a huge point of frustration for many.

Enter the native USB SSD controller. So far, we've only seen two of them. The first one worth anything came from Silicon Motion and debuted on the aforementioned XS2000. Supremely compatible and every bit as fast as any properly functioning USB-bridged SSD. The other native USB SSD controller we've come across is the one that adorns the portable device we have on the bench today. Unsurprisingly, this one is by Phison Electronics, who have their tentacles into every imaginable type of solid state storage device on the planet.

And guess what? This controller happens to be the most compatible ever because the one flaw with the Silicon Motion native USB SSD controller is that it could only write at half speed when interfacing with a Windows 11-based host. Phison's latest does Windows 11 perfectly, making it the most compatible portable SSD we know of.

Compatibility is, as we see it, the most important factor for fast portable USB storage, next of course, is performance. So, let's see what the Phison-powered native USB SSD by inland can do for you by the numbers.

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Micro Center's inland Platinum external SSD is compact and ruggedly constructed. The enclosure is made from 2 pieces of diecast metal alloy. The drive comes with two cables, Type-C to C and Type-C to A.

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Synthetic Benchmarks: CDM, ATTO & Blackmagic

CrystalDiskMark

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Hitting advertised throughput is no issue when the drive is slotted into a 3.2 Gen2 x2 Type-C port. We noted the drive is rated for speeds exceeding standard USB 3.2 10Gbps, so we decided to test it on a Gen2 x2 port. Sequential read throughput is the highest we've seen from a non-Thunderbolt or USB3.2 Gen2x2 interfaced portable. Excellent.

ATTO

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As ATTO demonstrates, if you happen to be dealing with compressible data, this native USB portable SSD can do it in the usual class-leading Phison fashion, which puts it right in there with the fastest USB interfaced SSDs ever made. Note: you will need to be running on a 3.2 Gen2 x2 host port to hit these speeds.

Blackmagic

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Our BlackMagic results indicate if employed for video content creation, the inland Platinum External SSD can do the job for all but the most demanding 10 Bit YUV 4:2:2 formats. Nice.

Real-World Testing: PCMark 10, 3DMark SSD Gaming & Transfer Rates

PCMark 10 Data Drive Benchmark

The Data Drive Benchmark is designed to test drives that are used for storing files rather than applications. You can also use this test with NAS drives, USB sticks, memory cards, and other external storage devices.

The Data Drive Benchmark uses 3 traces, running 3 passes with each trace as follows:

  • Copying 339 JPEG files, 2.37 GB in total, into the target drive (write test).
  • Making a copy of the JPEG files (read-write test).
  • Copying the JPEG files to another drive (read test).
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Pulling data drive duties with the inland Platinum External SSD isn't the best choice, as demonstrated by where the drive lands on our chart.

3DMark SSD Gaming Test

UL's newest 3DMark SSD Gaming Test is the most comprehensive SSD gaming test ever devised. We consider it superior to testing against games themselves because, as a trace, it is much more consistent than variations that will occur between runs on the actual game itself. This test is in fact the same as running the actual game, just without the inconsistencies inherent to application testing.

In short, we believe that this is the world's best way to test an SSDs gaming prowess and accurately compare it against competing SSDs. The 3DMark SSD Gaming Test measures and scores the following:

  • Loading Battlefield V from launch to the main menu.
  • Loading Call of Duty Black Ops 4 from launch to the main menu.
  • Loading Overwatch from launch to the main menu.
  • Recording a 1080p gameplay video at 60 FPS with OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) while playing Overwatch.
  • Installing The Outer Worlds from the Epic Games Launcher.
  • Saving game progress in The Outer Worlds.
  • Copying the Steam folder for Counter-Strike Global Offensive from an external SSD to the system drive.
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Gaming is a performance metric that matters to the majority of DIY consumers, especially to the enthusiast crowd that TweakTown caters to. We are now including gaming performance as a part of our external SSD reviews as using portable storage for gaming duties is very popular among avid gamers. Again, not a good use case scenario for our test subject.

DiskBench - Transfer Rates

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We brutalize our test subjects with our extremely hard-to-swallow 100GB data block. This data block is the same one we use for our internal SSD testing and is composed of more than 62K files. This is where the rubber meets the road for a portable SSD. Keep in mind that the use case scenario for the consumer space is write infrequently and read frequently.

As such, we don't care that much about write performance as long as it is still reasonable, say 350 MB/s or better. What we do care about absolutely is how fast the drive can serve data to the host (read). Real-world write performance is good enough for our liking. Real-world read performance is stellar. It's class-leading for a 3.2 Gen2 device. Impressive.

Final Thoughts

Micro Center's inland Premium External SSD, even though not the best performing around, is, as we see it, one of the best you can get for the most important reason when choosing fast, portable storage.

Compatibility is king, and Micro Center's newest is the king of compatibility. For example, we have a Windows 11-based Z590 rig with a front panel Type-C Gen2 x2 port that literally nothing with a bridge chip will even run on (probably due to power delivery), even the XS2000. Although it functions, it won't give us full write speed with Windows 11. The inland Platinum? No problem whatsoever. It runs perfectly.

Based on its supreme compatibility alone, we find the inland Platinum External SSD deserving of our highest award.

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Pros

  • Compatibility
  • Read Throughput
  • Pricing

Cons

  • Gaming
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Performance

80%

Quality

95%

Features

100%

Value

90%

Overall

91%

The Bottom Line

Compatibility is KING in the world of fast portable storage and the inland Platinum External SSD is the KING of compatibility.

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Jon joined the TweakTown team in 2013 and has since reviewed 100s of new storage products. Jon became a computer enthusiast when Windows XP launched. He was into water cooling and benching ATI video cards with modded drivers. Jon has been building computers for others for more than 10 years. Jon became a storage enthusiast the day he first booted an Intel X25-M G1 80GB SSD. Look for Jon to bring consumer SSD reviews into the spotlight.

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