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SSD has been redesigned
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2020
I purchased the 1TB module. If you're like me, you've poured over reviews trying to maximize performance per dollar. According to umpteen review's I've read, this card ranks very highly in that regard. I assumed that was the card I'd be buying, but that's questionable.
The only similarity between this card and the one in all the reviews you've read is the Phison E12 controller.
The current model no longer uses Toshiba flash, rather it's using flash from a company called Unic, a Chinese flash manufacturer. I entered the chip markings into Google hoping to stumble upon some specs, but no dice, this flash memory is essentially unheard of as far as Google goes.
To add a cherry on top, the DRAM buffer is now comprised of Nanya DDR3 modules, no longer the faster Hynix DDR4.
At first glance this appears to be a classic bait and switch, but I *cannot* confirm this as I have not run any testing on this newer variant.
In essence, if you purchase this, realize you will be taking a gamble on performance, as all review sites have reviewed the old revision with Toshiba flash & DDR4 buffer. My thought is that if SP is going to make a major change to SSD components, they reflect this change through a different model number or revision suffix, instead of sweeping the changes under the rug and hoping nobody notices.
I am genuinely curious how this card compares to the older one performance-wise, but I decided I won't be that guinea pig; I'll choose a different SSD brand for my new build.