PNY CS2211 XLR8 SSD Review

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Real-World Software Performance

PCMark 8 Real-World Software Performance

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The application workloads pull together everything we learned from the synthetic tests. While it's true that we see sequential performance when we move big files to and from our PCs, it's far more common to have small blocks of data mixed in at the same time on a typical enthusiast desktop.

Not surprisingly, the CS2211's low performance in 4KB mixed workloads surfaces in our application tests. The differences aren't large, but they're consistent enough for us to see a pattern where the 480GB CS2211 gets outperformed by its competition.

With the results averaged and converted into throughput, the picture clarifies. PNY's 480GB CS2211 falls to the bottom of our application workload chart. We can link these results directly to the random 4KB mixed workloads.

PCMark 8 Advanced Workload Performance

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Most desktop enthusiasts only need to focus on the recovery states of PCMark 8's Advanced Workload tests. If you're a workstation professional writing a lot of data, pay attention to the state state tests too.

The CS2211 lands in the middle of our comparison products. It's not a standout like the 850 EVO or Extreme Pro, but it's strong enough to be a viable alternative.

Total Access Time

The access time tests show the CS2211s in a better light. This is one of the most important metrics because it helps illustrate the experience you'll have with lots of information on the drive. Anyone with an almost-full SSD is limiting the amount of space available for the controller to keep fresh. Some devices handle this condition better than others. And it appears the CS2211 only trails the 850 EVO and Extreme Pro by a small margin. 

Notebook Battery Life

Several factors affect notebook battery life. We often see SSD power measurements as they read and write data. But more power is consumed during background activities like garbage collection and wear-leveling. By testing power consumption in a notebook, we garner a result that means something in the real world.

The 480GB CS2211 is not power-hungry like Intel's SSD 730, but it also isn't as refined as Samsung's 850 Pro.

Chris Ramseyer
Chris Ramseyer is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews consumer storage.
  • ubercake
    Like the article states, it's hard to beat the Samsung 850 EVO price/performance/5-year warranty value. Simply because of the 5-year warranty on the 850 EVO in addition to their competitive performance, I bought my first non-pro edition of an SSD.
  • JQB45
    Warranty is the most important thing I consider when buying an SSD, then price, then speed.
  • xenomega
    I always try to buy from a company like PNY, that's based and manufactures in the USA. That's the most important thing I consider.
  • JQB45
    17816142 said:
    I always try to buy from a company like PNY, that's based and manufactures in the USA. That's the most important thing I consider.

    They might assemble the SSD here but both the controller and MLC Flash are designed and created in other countries.
  • mapesdhs
    Typo in the Comparison summary table, it says 850 Pro 500GB where presumably it should be 850 EVO 500GB.