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‘Apacer PT920 Commando’ NVMe SSD can Shoot Input/Output Operations per Second(IOPS) at a High Rate

‘Apacer PT920 Commando’ NVMe SSD can Shoot Input/Output Operations per Second(IOPS) at a High Rate

Apacer launches PT920 Commando NVMe SSD which can shoot IOPS at a high rate. Also, the Commando is the first SSD to have an elaborate theme.

There were several weapon-themed displays at Computex technology show, last June. It is odd to see gun-themed components on display in a country that doesn’t allow its citizens to own firearms. Taiwan does have gun enthusiasts, though. A few years ago, a ’s airsoft store had an elaborate setup full of airsoft rifles, handguns, and grenades. There were pictures on the wall of Asian commandos decked out in jungle camouflage, combat boots, and face paint to match. Apacer made the new PT920 Commando NVMe SSD for the global market, including Taiwan, rather than just a few select regions with heavy concentrations of gun enthusiasts.

Without getting too carried away, the Apacer PT920 Commando is a unique SSD that some will enjoy for their build and others will pass on. Unfortunately, the gold color doesn’t match most motherboards. We first spotted the concept two years ago with a PCIe 3.0 x2 configuration and a more authentic-looking black that would have matched more system builds. For the final version, Apacer chose to go with a gold color and omitted a heatsink to cool the Phison PS5007-E7 controller.

Technical Specifications:

DescriptionApacer PT920 Commando 240GB PCI Express SSD
Capacity240GB
InterfacePCI Expresss 3.0 x4, backwards compatible with PCIe Gen1(2.5Gbps), Gen2(5Gbps), Gen3(8Gbps)
NAND FlashMLC
Sustained Read Performance240GB: Up to 2, 500MB/s
Sustained Write Performance240GB: Up to 860MB/s
IOPs (4K Random Write)240GB: Up to 160,000
ECC SupportUp to 120 bits/2KB
Shock1, 500G/0.5msec
5~800Hz/3.13G
Low Power Consumption (Active/Idle)240GB: 1, 455mA/120mA
MTBF2,000,000 hours
Standard Operating Temperature0°C ~ +70°C
Dimensions(L)160 x (W)120 x (H)22 mm
Weight140g
CertificateRoHS, CE, FCC, VCCI, BSMI, RCM

256GB-class NVMe SSDs were the fastest growing segment in 2017. It’s no surprise these products are popular; prices start at less than $100, and the price gap between NVMe and SATA SSDs is shrinking. NVMe has trickled into the mainstream category, too. Products like the Intel 600p crossed the enthusiast/mainstream barrier thanks to excellent marketing and an amazing price point. The MyDigitalSSD BPX did the same to a lesser degree.


Samsung still dominates the top-tier NVMe performance arena with the 960 Pro, but that product doesn’t come in a 256GB capacity. The 960 EVO is a great drive, but Samsung doesn’t dominate the entry-level/mainstream NVMe market like it does with its SATA products. Samsung’s 3D TLC V-NAND competes with Phison PS5007-E7 SSDs shipping with Toshiba 15nm MLC. It turns out that Toshiba’s 15nm MLC provides higher performance than TLC V-NAND, so it’s still a very close battle.

The race to the bottom isn’t as prevalent with NVMe SSDs. That’s mainly due to products like the Apacer Z280 and PT910 with Phison E7 controllers and MLC flash.

Pros:

  • Unique design
  • High-Performance
  • Excellent endurance rating

Cons:

  • Gold
  • Three-year warranty
  • No heatsink

The Apacer PT920 Commando 240GB delivers very good performance but you can get that from the Z280 that costs less. Shoppers looking for a military themed computer now have a go-to product, but the rest of us might shy away from this one. It is not a bad drive as long as Apacer doesn’t charge too much for the extra gold bling.

Credits: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/apacer-pt920-commando-nvme-ssd,5157-3.html

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