Neo Forza NFP075 2 TB Review 8

Neo Forza NFP075 2 TB Review

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Introduction

Neo Forza Logo

Neo Forza is a relatively young manufacturer of DRAM memory modules and flash memory products. The Taiwanese company was founded in 2018 as the enthusiast-focused brand of Goldkey, a well-established producer of computer hardware focusing on OEM manufacturing until recently.



Today's review covers the Neo Forza eSports M.2 NVMe SSD in the 2 TB version. We reviewed the 1 TB model back in April. The drive is also known as the NFP075. "eSports" is not a range of products, but the name of this specific drive. A future Gen 4 drive would be called "Esports4x4," according to Neo Forza. Under the hood, the NFP075 is powered by a Phison PS5012-E12S controller paired with 96-layer 3D TLC NAND from Toshiba. This is a noteworthy difference vs. the 1 TB version which uses YMTC flash. A DRAM chip from UnilC is included, too, providing 512 MB of DRAM cache for the mapping tables of the SSD. PCI-Express 3.0 x4 is used as the host interface.

The Neo Forza eSports is available in capacities of 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB. Endurance for these models is set at 420 TBW, 890 TBW, 1350 TBW, and 1550 TBW respectively. Neo Forza provides a three-year warranty for the eSports SSD.

Specifications: Neo Forza eSports NFP075 2 TB
Brand:Neo Forza
Model:NFP075PCI2T-3400200
Capacity:2048 GB (1907 GB usable)
No additional overprovisioning
Controller:Phison PS5012-E12S
Flash:Toshiba 96-Layer 3D TLC
TABHG65AWV
DRAM:1x 512 MB DDR3L-1866
UnilC SCB13H4G160AF-11MI
Endurance:1550 TBW
Form Factor:M.2 2280
Interface:PCIe Gen 3 x4, NVMe 1.3
Device ID:Neo Forza NFP075PCI2T-3400000
Firmware:ECFM13.3
Warranty:3 years
Price at Time
of Review:
$220 / 11 cents per GB

Packaging

Package Front
Package Back


The Drive

SSD Front
SSD Back

The drive uses the M.2 2280 form factor, which makes it 22 mm wide and 80 mm long.

SSD Interface Connector

Like most M.2 NVMe SSDs, the Neo Forza NFP075 connects to the host system over a PCI-Express 3.0 x4 interface.

SSD Teardown PCB Front
SSD Teardown PCB Back

On the PCB, you'll find the controller, four flash chips, and one DRAM chip.

Chip Component Analysis

SSD Controller

The flash controller is made by Phison. The PS5012-E12S supports TLC, QLC and PCI-Express 3.0 x4. It uses eight flash channels and is produced on a 28 nm process at TSMC Taiwan. The main difference to the E12 without the "S" is that the E12S is physically smaller, works with half the DRAM capacity of the E12, and uses a metal case, which helps with thermals.

SSD Flash Chips

The four TLC flash chips are made by Toshiba, built using 96 layers.

SSD DRAM Chip

One Xi'an UnilC Semiconductor DDR3-1866L chip provides 512 MB of fast DRAM storage for the controller to store the mapping tables in. This is the second time we encounter DDR memory made by UnilC, a Chinese memory manufacturer who inherited its original DRAM IP from Infineon and Qimonda, but is now actively developing their own technologies.

Test Setup

Test System SSD 2021
Processor:AMD Ryzen 3 3300X @ 4.3 GHz
Zen 2, 16 MB Cache
Motherboard:ASUS Prime X570-Pro
BIOS 2606 / AGESA 1.0.8.0
Memory:Zadak Spark RGB, 16 GB DDR4
@ 3200 MHz 16-18-18-38
Graphics:EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 KO 6 GB
Case:DarkFlash DLX22
Operating System: Windows 10 Professional 64-bit
Version 2004 (May 2020 Update)
Drivers:AMD Chipset: 2.07.14.327
NVIDIA: 452.06 WHQL



TechPowerUp SSD Review Test Group
 PriceControllerChannelsFlashDRAMInterface
ADATA Falcon 1 TB$110Realtek RTS5762DL4TLC / MicronNoPCIe 3.0 x4
ADATA SX6000 Pro 1 TB$105Realtek RTS5763DL4TLC / MicronNoPCIe 3.0 x4
ADATA SX8200 Pro 1 TB$110Silicon Motion SM2262ENG8TLC / MicronYesPCIe 3.0 x4
ADATA Swordfish 1 TB$100Realtek RTS5763DL4TLC / SanDiskNoPCIe 3.0 x4
Corsair MP400 2 TB$250Phison E12S8QLC / MicronYesPCIe 4.0 x4
Corsair MP600 Pro 1 TB$210Phison E188TLC / MicronYesPCIe 4.0 x4
Crucial BX500 480 GB$60Silicon Motion SM2258XT4TLC / MicronNoSATA
Crucial MX500 500 GB$65Silicon Motion SM2258H4TLC / MicronYesSATA
Crucial P1 1 TB$130Silicon Motion SM2263ENG8QLC / MicronYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Crucial P5 1 TB$150Micron DM01B28TLC / MicronYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Gigabyte AORUS Gen 4 2 TB$340Phison E168TLC / ToshibaYesPCIe 4.0 x4
HP EX900 Pro 1 TB$115Silicon Motion SM2263EN4TLC / MicronYesPCIe 3.0 x4
HP EX950 2 TB$250Silicon Motion SM2262ENG8TLC / MicronYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Hynix Gold P31 1 TB$135Hynix ACNT0388TLC / HynixYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Kingston A2000 1 TB$110Silicon Motion SM2263ENG4TLC / MicronYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Kingston KC2000 1 TB$170Silicon Motion SM2262ENG8TLC / ToshibaYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Lexar NM620 1 TB$120Innogrit IG52164TLC / MicronNoPCIe 3.0 x4
Sabrent Rocket Q 1 TB$120Phison E12S8QLC / MicronYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Samsung 860 EVO 1 TB$135Samsung MJX8TLC / SamsungYesSATA
Samsung 870 QVO 1 TB$105Samsung MKX8QLC / SamsungYesSATA
Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB$65Samsung Phoenix8TLC / SamsungYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Samsung 970 Pro 512 GB$170Samsung Phoenix8MLC / SamsungYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Samsung 980 1 TB$120Samsung Pablo8TLC / SamsungYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Samsung 980 Pro 1 TB$190Samsung Elpis8TLC / SamsungYesPCIe 4.0 x4
Seagate Barracuda 120 1 TB$130Phison S128TLC / IntelYesSATA
Seagate FireCuda 510 1 TB$150Phison E128TLC / ToshibaYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Team Group MP34 512 GB$65Phison E128TLC / ToshibaYesPCIe 3.0 x4
WD Black 2018 500 GB$65SanDisk 20-82-0070118TLC / SanDiskYesPCIe 3.0 x2
WD Black SN850 1 TB$215SanDisk 20-82-100358TLC / SanDiskYesPCIe 4.0 x4
WD Blue NVMe 500 GB$65SanDisk 20-82-0070104TLC / SanDiskYesPCIe 3.0 x2
XPG Gammix S70 2 TB$270Innogrit IG52368TLC / MicronYesPCIe 4.0 x4

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