PNY CS900 120GB SSD Review – Cheapest SSD in the market? Too good to be true…

PNY CS900

RM70.00
9.6

Built Quality

9.0/10

Installation

10.0/10

Performance

9.5/10

Value

10.0/10

Advantages

  • Cheap
  • Excellent storage performance
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to install

Disadvantages

  • No additional screws provided
Figure 1: PNY CS900 Review - SSD Introduction
Figure 1: PNY CS900 120GB Review – SSD Introduction

The PNY CS900 120GB is an entry-level SSD storage from PNY, an American PC peripheral manufacturer. The storage unit comes in the 2.5-inch form factor providing speed up to 6 Gb/s. The unit I have with me is SATA III 120GB storage. In general, the PNY CS900 series engineered to be cost effective storage replacement for your existing storage.

  • Figure 2: PNY CS900 Review - Front View
  • Figure 3: PNY CS900 Review - Bottom View

Upon unboxing the storage unit, you only will get a unit of PNY CS900 120GB SSD. Sadly, there are no additional screws given. I would be recommending you have to have four-extra screws to properly mount the SSD in your PC case.

Specification

The specification of PNY CS900 120GB SSD are as follows:

Capacity120 GB
Form factor2.5 inch Slim
Height7 mm
InterfaceSATA III 6Gb/s; backwards compatible with SATA II 3Gb/s
Max_sequential_read_speedUp to 515 MB/s
Max_sequential_write_speedUp to 490 MB/s
Mtbf2 million hours
Trim_supportYes (requires OS compatibility)
Warranty3-year limited warranty
Table 1: PNY CS900 SSD Specification – Source.

Benchmark Analysis

My benchmark PC has the following specification:

ProcessorIntel(R) Core(TM) i5-8400 CPU @ 2.80GHz 2.81GHz
Operating SystemWindows 10 Pro (Build 2004)
System Type64-based processor
RAM32GB
Table 2: Benchmark PC Specification

In order to make sure the I able to get a good benchmark reading, I’ve make sure that the disk is healthy and optimized it to produce a peak storage reading.

Figure 3A: PNY CS900 Review - SDD Information
Figure 3A: PNY CS900 120GB Review – SDD Information

I’ve used a few free disk benchmark tools to measure the read and write speed of PNY CS900 120GB. The first tool used is the CrystalDiskMark Standard Edition.

Figure 5: PNY CS900 Review - CrystalDiskMark Benchmark Analysis
Figure 5: PNY CS900 120GB Review – CrystalDiskMark Benchmark Analysis

Based on the result above, the PNY CS900 produce a better read and write rate. The benchmark process was done three times to get a solid result before recorded down. I am really surprised to the result since the storage unit is an entry level, yet outclassed the performance of an entry level gaming SSD.

Figure 6: PNY CS900 Review - AS SSD Benchmark Performance Test
Figure 6: PNY CS900 120GB Review – AS SSD Benchmark Performance Test

The next benchmark tool used is AS SSD Benchmark to analyse and record the performance of the storage unit, if the result produced may differ compared to the result obtained in Figure 6 above. However, the PNY CS900 still outperform the Galax Gamer 120GB.

Figure 7: PNY CS900 Review - Acc.time Performance Test
Figure 7: PNY CS900 120GB Review – Acc.time Performance Test

When it comes to acceleration time performance test, it is really important to see a true performance of a storage unit, especially SSDs. Looking at Figure 7, the acc.time of PNY CS900 is lower than the Galax Gamer 120GB. If a higher read and write speed indicates a good characteristic of an SSD, the result produced by the acc.time should be lower. In other word, lower is better.

Figure 8: PNY CS900 Review - Overall Score based on AS SSD Benchmark
Figure 8: PNY CS900 120GB Review – Overall Score based on AS SSD Benchmark

Looking at the overall scores plotted on Figure x on above, the PNY CS900 has a higher score compared to Galax Gamer L SSD. Being a cheaper in price, the PNY CS900 performs better than its competitor.

Conclusion

Figure 10: PNY CS900 Review - Conclusion
Figure 10: PNY CS900 120GB Review – Conclusion

To conclude the review, the PNY CS900 120GB is a decent storage. The real-world transfer rate in between the SSDs are 1.81GB/s while the transfer rate in between the HDD to SSD is 184MB/s – 200 MB/s. The SSD is suitable for standard use such as running an operating system or being a dedicated virtual-machine playground, thanks to its excellent read and write speed. I can certainly recommend the SSD to budget users. If you’re expecting for a higher read and write throughput, it is better to invest on a PCIe NVMe SSD instead.



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