The PNY CS900 is the ideal solution for a hard drive replacement in both MAC and PC systems. The CS900 can withstand extreme environments, and retain data even when dropped. With no moving parts and non-volatile NAND, the CS900 is 30 times more robust and less prone to failure than traditional hard drives (HDD). Get details in PNY CS900 240GB 3D NAND 2.5 review.
In the box
Upon unboxing the storage unit, you only will get a unit of PNY CS900 120GB SSD. Sadly, there are no additional screws given. I would be recommending you have to have four-extra screws to properly mount the SSD in your PC case.
Hard Drive Capacity : 240 gigabytes
Storage Drive Type: SSD
Maximum Data Transfer Rate: 3500 megabytes per second
Product Name: 240GB Internal SATA Solid State Drive
Model Number: SSD7CS900-240-RB
Color Category: Black
Hard Drive Capacity: 240 gigabytes
Storage Drive Type: SSD
Maximum Data Transfer Rate : 3500 megabytes per second
Maximum Read Speed: 535 megabytes per second
Maximum Write Speed: 2000 megabytes per second
Internal Or External : Internal
Desktop Or Laptop: Laptop or desktop
Form Factor : 2.5 in.
Bare Drive: 240GB CS900
Minimum System Requirements : Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista™, Windows XP™, Linux, Mac OS X
Security Features: None
Data Encryption: No
Encryption Algorithm: No
Usage: Everyday computing
Buffer Size: 490 megabytes
Product Height: 3.9 inches
Product Width: 2.75 inches
Product Weight: 1.6 ounces
Included: Number Of Drives Included 1
Additional Accessories Included: Spacer
Why you should buy PNY CS900 240GB 3D NAND 2.5?
240GB storage capacity
Provides ample storage space for your music, movies and other files.
SATA lll interface
Offers simple connection to your computer.
Data transfer rates up to 500 MBps
For quick response when updating files.
Compatible with PC
For use with your existing computer.
Compare PNY CS900 240GB 3D NAND 2.5
|CS900 120GB||CS900 240GB||CS900 480GB||CS900 480GB|
|Interface||SATA III 6Gb/s||SATA III 6Gb/s||SATA III 6Gb/s||SATA III 6Gb/s|
|Form Factor||2.5″ Internal SSD||2.5″ Internal SSD||2.5″ Internal SSD||2.5″ Internal SSD|
|Max Sequential Read Speed||515 MB/s||535 MB/s||550 MB/s||535 MB/s|
|Max Sequential Write Speed||490 MB/s||500 MB/s||500 MB/s||515 MB/s|
|NAND Flash Memory||Triple-level Cell (TLC)||Triple-level Cell (TLC)||Triple-level Cell (TLC)||Triple-level Cell (TLC)|
|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|
PNY CS900 240GB 3D NAND 2.5 review
PNY CS900 240GB 3D NAND 2.5 Performance review
Looking at the overall scores plotted on Figure x on above, the PNY CS900 has a higher score compared to Galax Gamer L SSD. Being a cheaper in price, the PNY CS900 performs better than its competitor.
When it comes to acceleration time performance test, it is really important to see a true performance of a storage unit, especially SSDs. Looking at Figure 7, the acc.time of PNY CS900 is lower than the Galax Gamer 120GB. If a higher read and write speed indicates a good characteristic of an SSD, the result produced by the acc.time should be lower. In other word, lower is better.
I’ve used a few free disk benchmark tools to measure the read and write speed of PNY CS900 120GB. The first tool used is the CrystalDiskMark Standard Edition.
Based on the result above, the PNY CS900 produce a better read and write rate. The benchmark process was done three times to get a solid result before recorded down. I am really surprised to the result since the storage unit is an entry level, yet outclassed the performance of an entry level gaming SSD.
The next benchmark tool used is AS SSD Benchmark to analyse and record the performance of the storage unit, if the result produced may differ compared to the result obtained in Figure 6 above. However, the PNY CS900 still outperform the Galax Gamer 120GB.
How to do PNY CS900 240GB 3D NAND 2.5 installation?
Step 1: Turn off power
Turn off the notebook power. Disconnect all notebook power cables. Turn the notebook upside down and remove the battery. Locate the hard drive panel on the bottom of your notebook
Step 2: Unscrew and remove the panel
If there is a tab on the existing hard drive, gently pull it up and then
to the outside to remove the hard drive from the bay. If your hard drive attaches to your motherboard via a cable, hold the cable’s connector – not the cable itself – and gently remove the drive from it. If any proprietary connector or spacer bracket is attached to your existing hard drive, remove it and set it aside.
Step 3: PNY SSD
Remove the new PNY SSD from its packaging and attach the connector or spacer bracket you removed in step 8. (This helps the SSD fit securely in the drive bay.) Align the SATA connector pins on the SSD with the SATA connector in the drive bay. Slide the SSD firmly against the SATA connectors in the drive bay so that there is no space where the SATA connection and the SSD align.
Step 4: Reattach
Reattach the hard drive panel and screws you removed in step 5.
Reinstall the battery.
Reattach the power cables.
Turn the notebook power on.
Step 5: Boot up
If you cloned your drive prior to installation, your system should boot up normally. Otherwise, load your OS and drivers (Refer to your notebook or OS user manual), as well as other programs, then restore your data.
DONE! Enjoy your new PNY SSD and all its benefits