PNY CS1031 SSD Review – As Basic As It Gets

Low Boon Shen
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PNY CS1031 SSD Review – As Basic As It Gets
  • Appearance - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Features - 8/10
    8/10
  • Materials - 8/10
    8/10
  • Performance - 7/10
    7/10
  • Value - 8.3/10
    8.3/10

Summary

This is likely the most basic modern NVMe SSD you can get these days – though the use of PCIe 3.0 standard and its accompanied performance figures are rather dated these days.

Overall
7.8/10
7.8/10

Pros

+ Sequential performance exceeds official specs
+ Four capacity options
+ 5-year warranty
+ Low-profile single-sided design

Cons

– Sequential speeds is middling even by PCIe 3.0 standards
– Inconsistent sustained write performance (on most variants)

Let’s get this out of the way first: the cheapest offering in PNY’s SSD lineup comes in the form of CS1031 SSD, which is a PCIe 3.0 SSD. Hang on – PCIe 3.0? Yep. Matter of fact, this is a product PNY launched last year as a direct replacement to the CS1030 model. So, any improvements? Or anything that can be looked forward to? Read this review to find out…

Unboxing & Appearance

PNY CS1031 SSD Review