Phison E18 + Micron 176-Layer NAND Preview - Faster than Samsung 980 Pro 38

Phison E18 + Micron 176-Layer NAND Preview - Faster than Samsung 980 Pro

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Write Intensive Usage

When copying games from your Steam Library or other very large files (>10 GB), you might have noticed that write speeds on your SSD start out at full speed and then drop considerably. The underlying reason is that modern drives have caches that soak up write bursts to improve performance. In the fairly uncommon scenario of writing data that's too big to fit into these caches, the drive will have to write data directly to flash, and it will probably juggle some out of its write cache at the same time, which can result in a significant loss of write speed. Newer TLC drives use part of their capacity in SLC mode for increased performance. This test can reveal the size of that SLC cache.

Testing on this page looks at exactly that scenario. We write a sequential stream of 1 MB blocks to the drive in a single thread, like a typical file-copy operation would do, and measure write speeds twice a second. The drive is fully erased before testing to ensure any caches are emptied. Please note that this test writes a lot of data in a very short time, which is something most consumers will never do.

Sustained Write Performance SLC Cache

Write speeds start out at well over 6 GB/s, which is incredibly impressive, and stay high until around 200 GB of data have been written—quite a lot. Once the SLC cache is full, write speeds remain high, reaching almost 4 GB/s, which is MUCH better than any other TLC-based SSD we ever tested.

Filling the whole drive completes at 3150 MB/s, which is the best result we've ever seen, faster than even the Samsung 970 Pro that is limited by its PCI-Express 3.0 interface.

Any pause in write activity, even for a second, will give the drive time to free up some SLC cache, so full write rates are restored after some idle time even if the drive is partially filled.

SLC Cache Size


Sustained Write Performance
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