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Phison E8 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Preview

By: Jon Coulter | m.2 SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jan 15, 2018 9:59 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Phison

Final Thoughts

 

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The Phison E8 represents the first time we've seen NVMe SSDs for the price of SATA. It is the first full-sized 2-lane NVMe SSD that we've tested, and we are pleasantly surprised to see such excellent performance coming from only 2-lanes. The 2-lane Phison E8 clearly displayed that it is in-fact superior to some of today's most popular and significantly more expensive 4-lane NVMe SSDs, and we love the single sided design.

 

Phison has been busy refining the E8 for public consumption, and we can see that their hard work has paid dividends. It is true that 4-lanes can deliver better performance than 2-lanes, but 2-lanes is not without its own benefits. A 2-lane controller is less expensive than a 4-lane controller to manufacture, and that savings gets passed on to the consumer. Additionally, a 2-lane controller consumes less power than a 4-lane controller which is key for laptop upgrades.

 

 

To form an accurate opinion of the Phison E8, it is important to take a step back from our enthusiast views and see the E8 for what really is. The E8 represents a new level of value in the consumer NVMe space. In-fact as it stands right now, we believe the E8 is without a doubt the NVMe value leader. The E8 isn't designed to compete for any performance crown, it is designed compete for the value crown. E8 powered SSDs will deliver 3x the performance of typical SATA SSDs for around the same cost. That is in our opinion a total win. The Phison E8 is everything the popular Intel 600p was supposed to be and it is cheaper.

 

Because TweakTown tests SSDs with the drive running as our system (OS) disk we are in a relatively unique position to comment on what matters most - user experience. In terms of user experience, the Phison E8 runs very good. In-fact in most scenarios, the E8 delivers a user experience that rivals that of the best performing flash-based NVMe SSDs on the market. Boot performance, multi-tasking and system response are all outstanding and notably better than the best SATA has to offer and certainly better than most of the SSDs in our test pool. The Phison E8 delivers an excellent user experience which is why it is TweakTown recommended.

 

Update: MyDigitalDiscount is now selling Phison E8 SSDs HERE 512GB of NVMe goodness for only $174 bucks.

 

Pros:

 

  • Moderate Workload Performance
  • Pricing
  • Single-Sided Design

 

Cons:

 

  • Random Read at QD2

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance90%
Quality92%
Features90%
Value99%
Overall TweakTown Rating93%

The Bottom Line: The goodness of NVMe for the price of SATA. You can't go wrong.

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