We are really excited to see a new NVMe SSD hit the consumer retail space. More competition will help to drive pricing lower and performance higher, and that's a good thing for the consumer. ZOTAC's Sonix 480GB NVMe AIC SSD is a high-quality piece of hardware. Just looking, you can see the level of design and detail that went into this AIC SSD. It is one of the more attractive pieces of hardware I've ever owned. In terms of absolute performance versus the competition, the Sonix is almost there, but the competition has a distinct edge when we look closely at the numbers.
Benchmark results are very important in determining how well a drive performs, but we also feel that user experience is just as important and that benchmark numbers do not always reflect user experience fully. This is one of those rare times. Because TweakTown reviews SSDs running as our OS disk loaded up with data, we are in a somewhat unique position to comment with authority on how good or bad of a user experience our test subject actually delivers. Boot speed, Windows load times, and overall snappiness are all key to a good user experience. In terms of overall user experience, the ZOTAC Sonix really delivers. For example, below is a video showing the boot speed we are getting from the Sonix:
The Sonix boots like lightning, much faster than Intel's 750 Series, damn near that of the 950 Pro. It also loads Windows much faster than Intel's 750, again almost as fast as a 950 Pro. After using the Sonix as my boot disk for a while, it became apparent that it was one of the snappiest drives I've ever used. Contrary to what the numbers would lead us to believe, I could notice a difference between it and Intel's 750, the Sonix is definitely snappier, and for me it provided a slightly better user experience.
Based on actual user experience satisfaction, the Sonix is TweakTown recommended. Based on MSRP ($369), it is not. We believe the ZOTAC Sonix 480GB NVMe AIC SSD needs to be priced at around 10% lower than a 950 Pro to be a compelling option for our readers. Because the drive only launched a couple of days ago, and pricing typically falls rapidly, we expect we will soon see pricing drop into a range where we can recommend the Sonix 480GB without any reservation.
- User Experience
- Build Quality
- High TBW
- Moderate Workload Performance
- High MSRP
|Quality including Design and Build||98%|
|Bundle and Packaging||80%|
|Value for Money||80%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||87%|
The Bottom Line: ZOTAC's Sonix NVMe PCIe SSD has plenty of performance, and delivers an exceptional SSD experience.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Drive Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 2 [Drive Details]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and Properties]
- Page 4 [Synthetic Benchmarks – ATTO & Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 5 [Synthetic Benchmarks - CrystalDiskMark & AS SSD]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (Trace-Based OS Volume) - PCMark Vantage, PCMark 7 & PCMark 8]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) – Max IOPS, Disk Response & Transfer Rates]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) – PCMark 8 Extended]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) – 70/30 Mixed Workload]
- Page 10 [Maxed-Out Performance (MOP)]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]