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PNY CS1311 480GB SATA III SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 30, 2016 10:20 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: PNY

Final Thoughts




As expected, PNY's CS1311 is a synthetic powerhouse, which is good news for the majority of average users. One of the most important features of the S10, when paired with planar TLC flash, is Phison's direct to die write strategy. Phison skips the pSLC caching layer once it is filled and writes directly to the TLC flash array, instead of the conventional continuous fill/flush scheme employed by competing solutions. This bears fruit when transferring large files or installing large programs. Looking back at our write transfer testing, we can see the payoff.



The CS1311 stacks up well against similarly configured S10-powered planar TLC SSDs. The CS1311 is a great option for several reasons. It is an attractive piece of hardware, comes with Acronis disk cloning software, is sold by a well-respected vendor, and it is priced right - all the ingredients necessary for a superior entry-level SSD. If you have been waiting to give SSDs a try, the CS1311 affords you an excellent opportunity to jump in and live life in the fast lane.


Running PNY's CS1311 as our OS disk was a very pleasurable experience. The drive is responsive, boots like lightning, and handles multi-tasking with ease. Even though the CS1311 isn't the fastest SSD out there, for the majority of users, it will deliver an SSD experience that is a cut above most similarly priced SSDs on the market today.


PNY's C1311 480GB SATA III SSD is TweakTown recommended.




  • Low Cost
  • Sustained Write
  • Sequential Performance




  • Moderate Workload Performance

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Quality including Design and Build88%
General Features92%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money94%
Overall TweakTown Rating91%

The Bottom Line: PNY's CS1311 is a synthetic powerhouse that is priced right, making it a perfect entry-level SSD for newcomers.

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