Consumer SSDs using the NVMe protocol have been around the block for a couple years, but are only recently hitting prices that your average enthusiast might call affordable. Samsung's recent release of the 960 EVO SSD set a new bar for reasonably-priced NVMe SSDs, but competition is mounting. PNY just released the CS2030 M.2 SSDs with NVMe support, available in 240GB and 480GB capacities.
PNY's CS2030 SSDs are driven by a Phison controller on a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface, and come in a M.2. 2280 form factor. PNY claims that the 480GB model can hit sequential read speeds of 2,800MB/s and sequential write speeds of 1,550MB/s. The drive's spec sheet equally claims that it can reach 300K IOPS in random reads and 270K IOPS in random writes. The smaller model, on the other hand, is capable of 2,750MB/s sequential read speeds and 1,500 MB/s sequential write speeds. Similarly, the 240GB drive is slower than its bigger brother in random reads and writes, hitting 201K IOPS and 215K IOPS respectively. Those numbers are nothing to scoff at, however.
Both models are currently available for sale, and are backed by a three-year limited warranty. The 240GB drive sells for $180, and the 480GB drive sells for $328. Considering that Samsung's 250GB 960 EVO is available for about $50 less than the 240GB CS2030, these drives have their work cut out for them.
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