Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

Conclusion:

PROS:

  • Good file creation and copy performance.
  • Decent cost/GB (Patriot Ignite).

CONS:

  • Poor IOPS / queued performance on mixed workloads (where writes are involved).
  • Poor sequential performance on previous small block writes (HDTach/HDTune).
  • All but the Patriot Ignite run at an excessively high cost/GB.

Pricing and Availability:

Kingston HyperX Savage*:

  • 120GB – $92   ($0.76/GB) Amazon
  • 240GB – $123 ($0.51/GB) Amazon
  • 480GB – $250 ($0.52/GB) Amazon
  • 960GB – $561 ($0.58/GB) Amazon
  • * Upgrade bundle kits come at additional cost

Patriot Ignite:

  • 480GB – $190 ($0.40/GB) Amazon
  • 960GB – $380 ($0.40/GB) Amazon

Corsair Neutron XT:

  • 240GB – $170 ($0.71/GB) Amazon
  • 480GB – $270 ($0.56/GB) Amazon
  • 960GB – $540 ($0.56/GB) Amazon

Final Thoughts:

It's always exciting to see a new SSD controller come to market, and the Phison S10 is no different. This controller (present in the Kingston HyperX Savage, Patriot Ignite, and Corsair Neutron XT) appears to have been heavily tuned for simple Windows file manipulations. All S10-controlled SSDs turned in the fastest file copy results we've seen from a SATA SSD, but they fall significantly short of the competition on heavier queued workloads that include write operations. Based on the results seen across three examples using this controller, I would recommend them for use as a secondary SSD to hold games or bulk file data that might not fit on the primary OS SSD. The last issue comes down to cost – all but the Patriot Ignite are priced at a premium, and I would expect budget conscious consumers to lean towards other more proven controller designs that perform better at mixed workloads, often doing so at a lower cost/GB.

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