Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup

Internals:

This SSD has labels on both sides. Also of note is that the design is screwless:

…completely screwless. No fasteners are holding the PCB to the shell, either. It is engineered in such a way that the force holding the shell snapped together also keeps the PCB snugly fit. Our assembled sample did not rattle or otherwise make noise while shaken.

At the PCB rear we see some Toshiba flash.

At the front we can tell this is the same reference design we saw Phison demonstrating at FMS. Four more Toshiba flash packages, 256MB of Nanya DDR3-1600 (11-11-11 timings), and the Phison PS3110-S10-X controller, in the flesh.

Testing Methodology

Our tests are a mix of synthetic and real-world benchmarks. PCMark, IOMeter, HDTach, HDTune, Yapt and our custom File Copy test round out the selection to cover just about all bases. If you have any questions about our tests just drop into the Storage Forum and we'll help you out!

Test System Setup

We currently employ a pair of testbeds. A newer ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt and an ASUS Z87-PRO. Variance between both boards has been deemed negligible.

PC Perspective would like to thank ASUS, Corsair, and Kingston for supplying some of the components of our test rigs. 

 
Hard Drive Test System Setup
CPU Intel Core i7-4770K
Motherboard ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/TB / ASUS Z87-PRO
Memory Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3-2133 CL9
Hard Drive G.Skill 32GB SLC SSD
Sound Card N/A
Video Card Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Video Drivers Intel
Power Supply Corsair CMPSU-650TX
DirectX Version DX9.0c
Operating System Windows 8.1 X64
  • PCPer File Copy Test
  • HDTach
  • HDTune
  • IOMeter
  • YAPT
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