PNY CS1311 120GB 2.5” SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - (SSD7CS1311-120-RB) 960GB
- Upgrade your laptop or desktop computer and feel the difference with super-fast OS boot times and application loads
- Exceptional performance offering up to 550MB/s seq. read and 520MB/s seq. write speeds
- Superior performance as compared to traditional hard-drives (HDD); Ultra low power consumption
- Acronis True Image HD data migration software included
- Competitive 3 Year Warranty & 24/7 US based technical support
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Performance & Productivity
The CS1311 is the ideal solution for a mainstream solid state drive (SSD) upgrade from a hard disk drive (HDD). Do more in less time with transfer speeds of up to 550MB/s read and 530MB/s write; boot up, power down, and load applications in seconds.
Enhanced Reliability & Endurance
With no moving parts and non-volatile NAND, the CS1311 is 30 times more robust and less prone to failure than traditional hard drives (HDD). The CS1311 can withstand extreme environments, and retain data even when dropped.
Compatibility & Ease of Use
The CS1311 is the ideal solution for a hard drive replacement in both MAC and PC systems.
The PNY CS1311 2.5" SATA III SSD is an excellent choice for a mainstream solid state drive (SSD) upgrade from a hard disk drive (HDD). The CS1311 drive is designed for an easy and cost-effective HDD replacement in the existing PC system to help realize faster boot times, quicker application launches and better overall system performance. With no moving parts, the PNY CS1311 2.5" SATA III SSD is highly durable and less likely to fail.
|120GB CS1311 2.5'' SATA III SSD||240GB CS1311 2.5'' SATA III SSD||480GB CS1311 2.5'' SATA III SSD||960GB CS1311 2.5'' SATA III SSD||2TB CS1311 2.5'' SATA III SSD|
|Form Factor||2.5 Inch||2.5 Inch||2.5 Inch||2.5 Inch||2.5 Inch|
|Interface||SATA-III 6Gb/s; backwards compatible with SATA-II 3Gb/s||SATA-III 6Gb/s; backwards compatible with SATA-II 3Gb/s||SATA-III 6Gb/s; backwards compatible with SATA-II 3Gb/s||SATA-III 6Gb/s; backwards compatible with SATA-II 3Gb/s||SATA-III 6Gb/s; backwards compatible with SATA-II 3Gb/s|
|Max Sequential Read Speed||550 MB/s||550 MB/s||550 MB/s||550 MB/s||550 MB/s|
|Max Sequential Write Speed||510 MB/s||520 MB/s||520 MB/s||520 MB/s||530 MB/s|
|Ideal For||Hard disk drive replacement, photo and video storage, and boot drives||Hard disk drive replacement, photo and video storage, and boot drives||Hard disk drive replacement, photo and video storage, and boot drives||Hard disk drive replacement, photo and video storage, and boot drives||Hard disk drive replacement, photo and video storage, and boot drives|
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First of all, I did not use the Acronis software code that came with the device. I always start fresh whenever I can, and Windows 10 makes that process easier than ever, but you must be running Windows 10 on your old hard drive for this to work:
- Backup the files you want to keep on OneDrive, a USB, or an external hard drive if you can.
- Download Windows 10 and create an install disc/USB.
- Switch out the HDD for the SSD and boot up from the install media*.
- When it asks for the product key, click "I don't have a product key".
- Once Windows 10 goes online, it will see that it's the same system and activate automatically.
The Samsung EVO 850 comes with software that helps you test your drive, keeps track of its age, and automatically changes settings in Windows to get the most out of the SSD. The PNY has none of that, but I don't think most users would really miss it. It also doesn't come with any cables or brackets, which is standard, but it does include a spacer for those that may need one. Although this may be one of the prettiest computer components I have ever seen, where the PNY really shines is its speed.
According to PNY, this drive should deliver up to 550MB/s in sequential reading, and 520MB/s in sequential writing (550/520 in shorthand, higher numbers are better for both). The Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM) provides up to 540/520 and the Crucial BX200 240GB SATA 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive - CT240BX200SSD1 tops out at 540/490. In user tests, the Samsung usually performs right on the mark, but the Crucial seems to have occasional problems according to its reviewers. The PNY CS1311, on the other hand, often outperforms its own benchmarks in both my tests and the tests done by other reviewers (attached image).
This model only comes with a 3 year warranty, so if the Samsung EVO 850 is a comparable price I would buy the Samsung for its 5 year coverage. However, SSDs are known for their reliability, so do what feels right to you.
Overall, I am very happy with my purchase. I would absolutely recommend this drive to anyone that I like, and the Crucial to anyone I don't. I will update later on if anything changes.
*On some older systems, the Serial ATA interface may be set up in "Legacy" or "IDE" mode (mine was). I recommend searching online to verify that your BIOS is set to AHCI BEFORE installing Windows, assuming it supports AHCI.
Intel Core i5-2450M (2 cores @ 2.50GHz)
4GB DDR3-1333 SDRAM
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Assuming the best, I flipped it over, unscrewed the 2 screws holding the hard drive door in place, slid out the assembly and unscrewed the plastic cover from the drive (note the orientation of everything first), and swapped that in for the new drive. Slid it back in, turned on the machine, and it booted up into....."disk not found" :(
I figured it had to be good, and wondered how it couldn't be making the connection inside. Then I remembered it came with this (unexplained) extra piece with self-adhesive on it, which makes the drive a little thicker. Turns out this is needed to encourage the drive to actually mate with the connector. That did the trick, booted right up, no more 100% disk utilization all of the time. In fact, you barely notice it, because now the machine is CPU limited lol...
Still, it is pretty functional now, I am only hoping it can drive my 3D printer :)
Now, loading games from an SSD generally just decreases load times, but I genuinely notice games running slightly smoother on my Xbox One S, especially on games that feature an uncapped FPS option. I'm ALWAYS the first person to load into a map which is fun, and I can no longer take bathroom breaks when fast travelling in games. One neat thing I didn't expect is, I can actually upload screenshots now from the Xbox's capture feature instantly -while- playing games. Usually they upload at like 1% per minute while in a game, but if the game is on an SSD, it uploads instantly since the internal HDD isn't being clogged with game data.