Model: PNY CS1311 480GB Solid State Drive
Manufacturer: PNY Technologies
Provided By: PNY Technologies

PNY Technologies is a global leader within the consumer electronics market. Established in 1985, this New Jersey-based company started out by buying and selling memory chips. As time went on, PNY expanded its operations to include manufacturing new forms of memory and complementary products. Today, the company continues to evolve by delivering a full spectrum of high-quality products. In addition to PC memory upgrades, PNY designs, manufacturers and supplies USB flash drives, memory cards, solid state drives, mobile accessories and NVIDIA graphics cards for the consumer, commercial and OEM markets.

Like many manufacturers, PNY has its sights set on the growing solid-state drive (SSD) market. Earlier this year, the company introduced two new consumer SSDs. In addition to the enthusiast-oriented CS2211, PNY unveiled the latest addition to its value performance line, the CS1311. Designed for the cost-conscious consumer looking to upgrade their laptop or desktop computer, the CS1311 combines Phison's quad-core, eight-channel PS3110-S10 controller with Toshiba's 15nm TLC NAND flash to deliver faster boot times, quicker application launches and better overall system performance. The CS1311 is also highly durable and offers cool, quiet operation and low power consumption for longer battery life.

The CS1311 is available in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities. For this review, PNY sent us the 480GB version of the drive which is capable of delivering up to 565 MB/s sequential read and 520 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 90,000 random read and write IOPS.

   PNY CS1311 480GB Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number SSD7CS1311-480-RB
Capacity 480GB
Flash Type Toshiba Triple-Level Cell (TLC) NAND
Controller Phison PS3110-S10
Form Factor 2.5-inch
DRAM Cache 512MB
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s

Max Sequential Read 565 MB/s
Max Sequential Write 520 MB/s
Max Random Read 90,000 IOPS
Max Random Write 90,000 IOPS

MTBF 2 million hours
Error Correction Code Up to 120 bits per 2K sector

Power Consumption
Active 2.2 Watts
Idle 0.17 Watts

Operating Temperature 0 ºC to 70 ºC
Storage Temperature -40 ºC to 85 ºC

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 100 x 70 x 7 mm
Weight 45g

Other Features
Secure Erase features to keep your data protected
TRIM support and background garbage collection
Support for SMART drive health monitoring
Includes Acronis data migration software
Three year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the CS1311 has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at PNY's new SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the CS1311 have what it takes? More importantly, is it the best bang for your buck? Keep reading as we find out.

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