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Zotac Sonix looks good on paper

Zotac recently announced their consumer SSD storage using PCIe NVMe, joining a small club of companies offering these blazing fast storage. In the Sonix, Zotac had opted with the add-in card form factor, rather than M.2. This might exclude them from the high-end laptop market, but will be readily usable on any desktop from the last few years. It also means performance and thermal dissipation should be quite good.

With Zotac’s chosen NAND and controller, the read/write performance and indurance is actually closer to those of Samsung 950 PRO. The pricing is also close to 950 PRO of similar storage.

Intel 750 Series 400 GB Intel 750 Series 1.2 TB Zotac Sonix 480 GB Samsung 950 PRO 512 GB
Max Sequential Read 2,200 MB/s 2,500 MB/s 2,600 MB/s 2,500 MB/s
Max Sequential Write 900 MB/s 1,200 MB/s 1,300 MB/s 1,500 MB/s
Max Random Read 430,000 IOPS 460,000 IOPS 350,000 IOPS 300,000 IOPS
Max Random Write 230,000 IOPS 290,000 IOPS 250,000 IOPS 110,000 IOPS
Interface NVMe 1.0 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 1.0 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 1.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 1.1 PCIe 3.0 x4
Form factor PCIe add-in card PCIe add-in card PCIe add-in card m.2 2280
Flash Memory Intel 20nm MLC NAND Intel 20nm MLC NAND Toshiba 15nm MLC NAND Samsung V-NAND
Flash Controller Intel 3rd Gen Intel 3rd Gen Phison PS5007-E7 Samsung UBX
DRAM 2 GB 4 GB 512 MB DDR3 512 MB LPDDR3
MTBF 1.2 million hours 1.2 million hours 2 million hours 1.5 million hours
Release Date Apr-15 Apr-15 Feb-16 Sep-15
Price $ 399 $ 1, 119 $ 369 $ 349
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