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ZOTAC launches the SONIX 480GB PCIe SSD

by Mark Tyson on 26 February 2016, 10:01

Tags: ZOTAC

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ZOTAC has launched its first PCI Express based SSD solution, the SONIX 480GB PCIe SSD. It says the new drive (probably the start of a range) targets enthusiasts and will be attractive for pursuits of serious gaming and productivity. As many readers will know the PCIe interface facilitates far greater performance than the same chunk of NAND in a 2.5-inch SATA form factor. Specifically ZOTAC claims "read and write speeds up to four times," better than a 2.5-inch SATA SSD.

The ZOTAC SONIX 480GB PCIe SSD offers the following key specifications:

  • Capacities: 480GB
  • Phison E7 controller
  • 3000 PE Cycle and up to 698 TBW
  • NVME 1.2 PCIe Gen3 x4
  • Toshiba MLC NAND Flash
  • Seq. Read: up to 2,600MB/s
  • Seq. write: up to 1,300MB/s
  • 512MB DDR3 high-speed cache

Important performance components of the SONIX as highlighted by ZOTAC are its NVMe 1.2 PCIE Gen3 interface with x4 lanes, its 512MB DDR3 of high-speed cache, its Phison E7 controller, and its stacked Toshiba MLC flash memory.

As with any component in your PC, speed isn't the be all and end all, and ZOTAC has engineered the SONIX to offer reliability and durability with technologies such as End-to-end Data Path Protection and Dynamic Wear Leveling. The SONIX 480GB drive has a quoted MTBF of 2,000,000 hours. ZOTAC bundles its new PCIe SSD with both standard and low profile brackets and the flash storage chips are protected in a durable and stylishly minimal perforated metal housing/shroud.

Pricing and availability details are yet to be released.



HEXUS Forums :: 6 Comments

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Really like the look of this drive, clean and understated, if they can get the price right then it can only do well for them.
Black PCB would have been nice but good to see more NVME drives coming out anyway
I wonder when some company's going to make a relatively cheap card that takes 16 x PCIE 3.0 and turns it into 4 x m.2 connectors, then we can raid 0 those and get 8-10GB/s from a single card :D
1kca
Black PCB would have been nice but good to see more NVME drives coming out anyway

It looks black in the last picture, but then a weird shade of dark blue in the top pic…
CampGareth
I wonder when some company's going to make a relatively cheap card that takes 16 x PCIE 3.0 and turns it into 4 x m.2 connectors, then we can raid 0 those and get 8-10GB/s from a single card :D

That's weird you say that, I was literally ‘discussing’ that with a mate :P

As nice as this is, it'll blatantly be at least £400-500, which isn't worth the extra speed over a SATA3-based SSD. Shave £200 quid off and I'd be interested.