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ZOTAC Sonix 480GB NVMe PCIe AIC SSD Review (Page 2)

Jon Coulter | Mar 22, 2016 at 2:03 pm CDT - 1 min, 16 secs time to read this page
Rating: 87%Manufacturer: ZOTAC

ZOTAC Sonix 480GB NVMe PCIe AIC SSD

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The Sonix retails in yellow and gray themed packaging. The front of the box features a partial photo of the enclosed drive. Capacity, form factor, interface, sequential speeds, and warranty are all advertised.

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On the rear of the packaging, ZOTAC refers to the Sonix as the "Silent Silver Bullet". ZOTAC touts the drive's AIC form factor as plug and play, and cable management free. Various attributes of the enclosed SSD are listed.

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Inside the box is the drive itself, a half-height bracket, and a printed user's guide.

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The front of the drive features a full-length metal cover perforated with vent holes.

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The back half of the drive also features a sheet metal cover that acts as a heat sink and provides protection for the ICs located underneath it.

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Here is the drive completely disassembled. There is a thick aluminum passive heat sink that removes heat from the drive's controller, flash packages, and cache package.

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The front half of the PCB houses the drive's Phison E7 NVMe controller, cache package, and four of the drive's eight flash packages.

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The back half of the drive's PCB houses the remaining four flash packages.

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The quad-core, eight-channel, Phison E7 controller that powers the Sonix.

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One of the eight 64GB Toshiba 15nm MLC flash packages that populate the Sonix PCB.

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The drive's Nanya branded 512MB DDR3 cache package.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Jon Coulter

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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