Apacer isn't a well-known brand in the SSD world, but they are making a big push to become so. If the Z280 is any indication of what they plan on bringing to the table, then we think they will be quite successful at expanding their customer base. The Z280 is one of the most affordable NVMe SSDs on the market and it is in our opinion one of the best.
Low cost and top-flight performance is always a winning combination. It's more than just the performance that the Z280 has to offer, it also offers class-leading endurance and the goodness of MLC flash which is becoming a rarity these days.
In terms of pricing, we feel the 240GB Z280 is a huge value at $123.00 especially in the midst of a NAND flash shortage. We often see lesser SSDs going for a lot more money. In terms of performance, the Z280's MLC flash array is a cut above TLC flash of any flavor which is why it performs better than the 250GB 960 EVO when running common consumer workloads.
We can really only find two faults with the Z280. We feel that any SSD with a MLC flash array and TBW as high as the Z280 should be backed by a 5-year warranty. But this is a minor gripe because most users will upgrade within 3 years. The other gripe is no SSD toolbox, which is very useful for novice and experienced SSD users alike.
- Moderate Workload Performance
- Premium Components
- Low Cost
- No SSD Management Tool Box
- 3-Year Warranty
Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||94%|
The Bottom Line: The Apacer Z280 is one of the best performers on the market and it's cheap to own.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Drive Specifications, Pricing & Availability]
- Page 2 [Drive Details]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup & Drive Properties]
- Page 4 [Synthetic Benchmarks – ATTO & Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 5 [Synthetic Benchmarks - CrystalDiskMark & AS SSD]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (OS) - Vantage, PCMark 7, PCMark 8 & SYSmark 2014 SE]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks (Secondary) - IOPS, Response & Transfer Rate]
- 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]
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