Inland’s Performance Plus M.2 NVMe is a high-performance PCIe (Peripheral component Interconnect Express) that is one of the best SSD.s (Solid State Drives) you can buy at a considerably low price. It comes with a massive heat sink to keep this drive cool under heavy workloads. The Inland brand is also available on the world’s largest online marketplace, Amazon.

What is an M.2 SSD?

A solid-state drive (SSD) is the latest generation of storage devices used in computers. They have replaced traditional mechanical hard disks by utilizing flash-based memory, which is knowingly faster. Older technologies of hard-disk storage run slower, which frequently makes your system run slower. On the other hand, SSDs speed up the computers significantly with their low read times & fast throughputs. Solid-state drives have largely drifted from the slab-like designs of familiar hard drives into tiny sticks of memory that offer many similar capacities. Moreover, in some cases, they have picked up speeds along the way.

M.2 solid-state drives are as practical as upgrades come; they look like sticks of gum sprinkled with NAND modules & a controller chip. NAND is a general term used for the flash-memory chip that makes up the real storage on the SSD. The term technically refers to the type of logic gateways used in the memory structure. A key thing to remember about M.2 is its form factor (shape). The data path over which the information travels to and from an M.2 drive is different from M.2 itself & can vary.

Performance Plus M.2 NVMe SSD

M.2 NVMe Plus is one of the Inland professional SSD that is powered by Phison SSD Controllers that can give us an idea of what to imagine when it comes to reliability and performance. The brand itself is not as large as Samsung, but with the assistance of Phison, the company is able to remain surprisingly modest in its category against many much-bigger rivals.

Talking about the hardware, Inland’s Performance Plus is much similar in design to that of the Gigabyte Gen4 7000S and Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus. As far as the price is concerned, it undercuts them in most cases. It is worth buying for those who look for a fast Gen4 SSD. The following is the Inland SSD review.

Specifications

Following are the specifications of the latest NVMe SSD.

  • Inland offers performance plus with 1TB (1000GB/1021GB) and 2TB (2000GB/2048GB)
  • Form factor: M.2 2280 and M.2 2280
  • DDR4 DRAM
  • Micron 96L T.L.C. (Triple Layer Cell) memory
  • 7000 MBps of Sequential Read
  • 5500 Mbps and 6850 MBps of Sequential Write
  • 350,000 IOPS (Input/Output operations per second) and 650,000 IOPS of Random read
  • 700 TB and 1,400 TB of endurance
  • Five Year Warranty

Design & Architecture

Inland Performance Plus includes a well-designed heatsink, same as that of Corsair MP600 Pro, but to add surface area for calming the heat under sustained workloads. However, Inland’s Performance Plus is very thick with a 14.5 x 23 x 70mm measurement and can stand in the way of GPU placement; depending on the M.2 slot installed. Though, it will not come in your way if you want to use your motherboard’s heat sink.

At the heart of the Performance Plus, there is a Phison 5018-E18 PCIe NVMe 1.4 SSD controller. The features include secure erase capability, S.M.A.R.T. data reporting, and TRIM, it also features A.S.P.M. (Active State Power Management) support for low power usage at idle.

Different from previous Phison’s generation E16, the E18 was built to offer better performance capability for drives. It influences a tri-core primary Arm R5 architecture that results in a very fast continuous write speed.

Storage

As far as the storage is concerned, we can find 8 packages of Micron 96L TLC. There are a total of 32 dies on Inland premium 2 TB SSD., each of 512Gb in density. The flash is not as fast as Micron’s newly tested 176L TLC, but with it functioning at 1200 MTps over eight NAND channels, it is sufficiently fast to keep up with the likes of the top in many cases.

Transfer Rate and Temperatures

The Inland Performance lands just behind Gigabyte drive as it transfers a bandwidth of 1199 MBps in the 50Gb copy test. At Idle temperatures, it shows temperatures in the mid-30s, and after writing around 500GB, it goes to 75 degrees Celsius.

Pros & Cons

  • Appealing aesthetics
  • Competitive Performance
  • 5-year warranty
  • Remain cool under most workloads
  • The heatsink can be removed easily
  • Lacks 256-bit A.E.S. encryption
  • Lacks in supporting software

Pricing

The price tag is one of those factors that decides the longevity and competitiveness of the technology in the market. Inland is offering the Performance Plus in 1Tb & 2Tb capacities, for the US $190 and the US $400, respectively. Talking about the warranty coverage, Inland provides the Performance Plus with five-year warranty or up to 700TB of writes per 1 Tb in size, whichever comes first.

The Competition

The competitors for the Inland are some other Phison E18 drives. The most significant of them is the flagship drive PCIe 4.0 from Samsung & Western Digital. In the article, we have results in which we have mentioned Samsung 980, again tested with the up-to-date 3B2 GX7 firmware. Also, we have included results of some top-of-the-line drives in the past: the Intel 905P, Samsung 970 PRO, and Silicon US70. These are representing PCIe 4.0 drives that are used by the Phison E16 controller.

WD SN850PCIe 4.0WD Custom G196L TLC
Samsung 980PCIe 4.0Samsung Elpis128L TLC
Silicon US70PCIe 4.0Phison E1696L TLC
Intel Optane SSD 905PCIe 3.0Intel Custom3D XPoint G1
Samsung 970PCIe 3.0Samsung Phoenix64L MLC

Final Verdict

Luckily, for Inland, many don’t need hardware encoding, especially gamers who are looking to deck out the new Zen3 build with a fast PCIe Gen4 SSD. The Inland Performance Plus is worth buying as it proves a solid value for most at roughly $20-$30 cheaper per capacity than its competitors. It will not leave you disappointed with its features like efficient performance, low price point, and a five-year warranty.

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