PNY CS2140 Review
When it comes to upgrading your PC, or any device for that matter, one of the key things you need to look at is the components you choose. More and more people are moving from Hard Disk Drives (HDD) to Solid State Drives (SSD) as they become the standard in storage due to their increased performance, low power consumption and reliability.
This is where PNY comes in. They’ve long been a household name in the computing world, and as part of their most recent release of components, PNY is now offering the CS2140 M.2 NVMe Gen4 x4 SSD. It comes in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB, variations, and in this article we will be focusing on the 1TB option.
In true PNY style, they’ve promised better overall system performance, increased speed, and reliability. So does it deliver or does the reasonable price tell us all we need to know?
Let’s find out!
From a design perspective, PNY has managed to make a component that would otherwise go unseen still look rather sleek. In keeping with current PNY products, it’s predominantly black with a navy blue PCB, and some branding that includes the PNY logo and the NVM Express logo in large text.
|Interface||PCIe Gen4 x4|
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|NAND Type||3D Flash Memory|
Whilst the CS2140 certainly isn’t the fastest SSD on the market, given its price range and specs, it is certainly noteworthy. Boasting speeds of up to 3,600 MB/s seq. read and 3,200 MB/s seq. write. If you planning an upgrade from a Gen3 x4 or HDD, you will notice a change in performance. Your device should boot faster, your applications will load quicker, and overall things will feel more responsive. Plus, with a maximum operating temperature of 70°C, it certainly performs under pressure.
Furthermore, it also features a Non-volatile NAND that’s rated up to 30 times more robust than other HDDs on the market.
Test System – Benchmarks
Our test system is powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 5800X running on an ASUS ROG Strix X570-F with PNY XLR8 DDR4 3600MHz EPIC-X RGB RAM. To Benchmark the CS2140 we ran CrystalDiskMark, 3DMark Storage Benchmark and DiskBench. We also spend some long gaming sessions enjoying Forza Horizon 5, Hot Wheels Unleashed and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds while testing the CS2140.
CrystalDiskMark’s default run gave us respectable read/write numbers of 3519.28 MB/s and 3259.59 MB/s. While the relatively new DLC for 3DMark; Storage Benchmark gives insight to practical, real-world gaming performance scoring the CS2140 with an above-average mark of 1922. Finally, DiskBench clocked a transfer rate of 1222.585 MB/s with a 250GB test file. While using Windows 11 and gaming the CS2140 tasks and game load times felt snappy and delivered a great experience without issues.
The additional storage space was also a welcome addition, with games like Call of Duty: Warzone and Forza Horizon 5 pushing over 100GB’s each I feel 1TB is the way to go if gaming is a priority.
PNY offers their Solid State Drive Toolbox application that’s helpful to check on drive health, firmware version and also offers tools to optimize and secure erase the CS2140 if required.
PNY CS2140 Review
- DESIGN - 94%94%
- PERFOMRCE - 90%90%
- VALUE - 92%92%
PNY certainly backs the performance of the CS2140, as it comes with a 5-year warranty. Couple that with the attractive price tag ($179AUD) for a 1TB Gen 4 M.2 NVMe drive, and PNY has made a very attractive offer.
For those looking to upgrade the CS2140 should not be overlooked, performance is impressive without toping the market, but the price tag and warranty certainly makes up for that. The CS2140 is certainly a worthy upgrade for gamers, content creators and PC enthusiasts alike.
PNY CS2140 Review – For more on PNY, check out our previous coverage.