People put a lot a time, effort, and (most often than not) money behind their PCs and laptops; especially for the promise of faster storage. In that respect, enthusiast SSDs have always been marketable and entices those wanting to gain any edge (no matter how minimal the advantage).
PNY proves their familiarity of the embittered fray with the CS2211 Solid State Drive, a welcome follow-up from the CS2111 that was released just under a year ago. The previous models were some of the more attainable performance hard drives around, showing that trickle-down economics could satisfy obstinate PC gamers; in conjunction with cheaper mainstream adoption on the rise.
The CS2211 takes things to its next incremental step, it’s marginally quicker than before, and a hair cheaper in the process across the range. And it wasn’t that long ago when a 480GB SSD costs a fortune — which we now consider the best choice out of the 120GB, 240GB, and 960GB group. The exterior is business as usual with a 2.5-inch/7mm black metal rectangle that’s proudly labeled XLR8 on the front, with a slapped-on sticker of grittiness and inner angst that all hardcore gamers wished to be portrayed as.
Included with all models is the SSD itself, a 2.5mm spacer largely intended for laptops or tidier rigs, and a complementary license for the Acronis True Image Software for data and HDD backup.
With 16 MLC NAND packages supplied by Toshiba and a 6Gbps Phison (PS3110-S10-X) SATAIII controller, the specified figures of 565Mbps sequential read and 540Mbps sequential write are better than the previous CS2211, bumped up from 560Mbps/455Mbps respectively. The CS2211’s core strength is being a no-nonsense hard drive where quick save states and plenty of space for games will be the bulk of most user tasks, and though it might not seem like it to the uninitiated, loading, saving documents, and reorganizing files is also improved by 13%.
Initialization times are already good for SSDs and the CS2211 cuts down on that a little further, we recorded 3.9 seconds for booting the OS screen to the Start menu and matches its current step-down CS1311 brother at 2.1 seconds for shutting down on Windows 10 Pro. File transferring speed were good too when moving over 15GB folder between another SSD at a solid average of 360-380Mbps, pretty par to the course as a mid-tier gaming SSD.
The CS2211 came very close to its advertised figures through static benchmarks. With SiSoftware Sandra in tow, we recorded peak random read/write numbers in the neighborhood of 561.1Mbps/531.3Mbps which remained largely consistent in a best “3-out-of-5” rundown. Access times were also rapid at .035ms.
It’s clear that PNY made the most appropriate tweaks with the CS2211 Solid State Drive, keeping the pace among rivals like OCZ, Corsair, or Crucial. Intermediates and discriminating enthusiasts are facing a crowded market, and it’s going to take more effort to differentiate. Unsurprisingly, the CS2211 manages to stand out as a compelling pick for any mainstream or gaming rig.