The most noticeable upgrade you can make to a PC is upgrading a hard drive to a solid state drive. Hard drives used to be one of the slowest moving parts in any computer. Since SSDs have launched, this has changed for the better. Today’s market is saturated with SSD drives, and at an all time low-cost per Gigabyte. Extreme performance, reliability, and gaming have all contributed to the adaptation of SSDs. The CS2211 from PNY holds this standard and will make your PC feel brand new again with faster boot up times, quick application access, and an overall better computing experience.Lets take a look at how this SSD performs at its core.
The specifications are as follows:
|Form Factor||2.5 inch|
|Interface||SATA-III 6Gb/s; backwards compatible with SATA-II 3Gb/s|
|Max Sequential Read Speed||565 MB/s|
|Max Sequential Write Speed||540 MB/s|
|Max Random Read Speed||95,000 IOPS|
|Max Random Write Speed||95,000 IOPS|
|Ideal For||Gaming, Hard disk drive replacement, photo and video storage, and boot drives|
The box of the CS2211 is small but makes the product still stand out. You will love the design of the new XLR8 drives with the black/red color scheme. There are a few features listed on the box explaining why this drives is good, as well as warranty information. You will find full specifications on the back which is really useful for comparing drives, and how it’s rated.
Inside you will find:
- PNY CS2210 480GB drive
- Acronis software documentation
- Frame for device
The PNY CS2211 was designed for extreme performance. I really enjoy the black/red color scheme as this fits right in with PNYs other XLR8 products. The new XLR8 logo is really cool, and lets people know it’s designed for gaming. The CS2211 is 20x faster than traditional hard drives. It has no moving parts, and will offers better reliability.
PNY does extensive testing on all its NAND to ensure solid stability. They validate across environments to make sure the drives meet quality, reliability, and durability criteria. They test their SSDs for over 10,000 hours for validation. Each SSD is guaranteed to meet the requirements for the most demanding of applications, and use 30% less power. Every SSD is shock proof, and 30 times more robust than tradition HDDs ( Hard Drives). The non-volatile NAND enables memory retention even when a computer fails, and each drive generates less heat for a more quiet and cool operation.
The CS2211 uses the Phison controller. The PS3110 controller is designed to achieve top-tier performance. The controller supports data transfer rates up to 550 MB/ sec with 110k random read IOPS, and 90K random write IOPS. The controller uses a quad-core CPU designed to achieve performance, and reduce latency. Overall the PCB hosts 8 NAND packages on each side for a total of 16. The exact NAND used is Toshiba MLC. Each chip sports 32GB of DDR3L. The DRAM hosts 512MB for this 480GB model, and operates at 800MHz.
The SATA controller uses SATA III, and support 6Gbps.
SSD testing has become very complicated over the years. Since SSD prices are at an all time low, there is no excuse NOT to own one. There is a number of available tests you can perform when benchmarking an SSD, and many are free. I’m going to be using AS SSD, and Aidia64 Extreme to test against three different drives. SSD tests also differ slightly from drive to drive, can vary from system to system, and from manufacturer to manufacturer.
The test bench used for testing is as follows:
- Motherboard- Z87x-UD3H
- CPU: Intel Core I7 4790K
- Network Card- netgear AC 1200 USB
- Cooler- H100i GTX V2
- Memory- Anarchy X 16GB DDR3 2800MHz
- Video Card: EVGA NVidia Geforce GTX 970
- Storage- OCZ vertex 4 256 GB / Hyper X FURY 240GB/ PNY CS2210 480GB
- Power Supply- Corsair TX750m
- OS: Windows 10 x64 Pro
- Headphones- HyperX Cloud II
Boot times are super fast as expected. The PNY CS2211 took about 7 seconds to get straight to my desktop and ready to go. The clear winner was the PNY CS2210. This is one major reason for anyone to purchase an SSD. You get super fast boot times, and have faster access to any applications. SSDs are not just designed for gaming.
The AS SSD benchmark was set to 1GB for each drive. The clear winner across the three drives tested is the PNY CS2210. surprisingly the HyperX drive didn’t beat out the older OCZ Vertex drive with its custom Indilinx controller.
I did run the copy benchmark for the CS2210 in AS SSD to show the speed for ISO,Programs, and Games.
The second set of tests I ran was with Aida64 Extreme. I ran the built-in disk bench utility. Again the CS2210 takes the lead overall. The Hyper X does edge ahead on Buffered reads, but overall it’s not as fast as the PNY drive.
The one negative thing I would say about this drive is it’s designed for a specific color scheme. The red/black scheme does fit most manufacturers gaming brands, but not everyone. In this case it fits perfectly with the all new XLR8 branding from PNY.
PNY is definitely targeting enthusiasts with this drive. It is lightning fast, and excellently priced for the space you’re getting. PNY did a fantastic job with bundling a 2.5mm spacer, and Acronis True Image software. Its hard in a crowed SSD market to stand out, but the CS2211 is a great option for anyone looking to go beyond a mainstream drive. PNY also has a 4-year warranty as opposed to most manufacturers offering only a 3-year. I highly recommend the PNY CS2211 for your next purchase, and can be found on Amazon for $160.00.