In my previous review of the S$99 Hikvision E1000 512 GB, I mentioned that spending 26.2% more for the $125 Hikvision E2000 512GB at S$125, will net you 50% more performance.
Thanks to Evolv3d Pte Ltd, it’s time to see if shelling extra dosh is a good idea.
A quick recap: The E1000 has up to 2000 MB/s read and 1600 MB/s write speed, 125,000 IOPS read and 128,000 IOPS write, and a TBW rating of 320 TB. The E2000 has up to 3300 MB/s read and 2100 MB/s write speed, 369,000 IOPS read and 470,000 IOPS write, and a TBW rating of 800 TB.
Again, the slightly more fancy shiny gold-on-red retail packaging only has information of the product name, “PCIe Gen3 x4” as the specification, and a three year warranty statement. There is a little window where you can have your first look at the SSD inside.
Inside the box, you just get a single-sided SSD, a small screwdriver, heatsink and a double sided sticky heat transfer tape.
Behind the red sticker, lies three main components of this E2000 SSD: A Phison PS5012-E12S-32 controller, Kingston D1216ECMDXGJD 2 Gb DDR3/3L DRAM and four 3D TLC NAND 128 GB memory chips labeled IA5AG63AVA, which are likely made by Micron.
The flash controller is made by Phison. It uses eight flash channels and is produced on a 28 nm process at TSMC Taiwan. It boasts a 3400 MB/s sequential read and 2400 MB/s sequential write speed, with 400,000 and 600,000 IOPS for 4K Random Read and Write respectively.
For benchmarking, I used CrystalDiskMark 7.0.0h. Results on the left are from a fresh drive install, while the right are the same results after I had migrated my OS along with a couple of games and programs. The SSD was optimised before the benchmark.
The empty E2000 delivered as promised with a write speed higher than rated. On the text output of the best run, the Random 4KiB (Q= 32, T=16) read was at 148014.9 IOPS, and write at 458019.8 IOPS.
I noticed that there was a slowdown during the random 4K read test – which could be attributed to a firmware issue, or the small 256mb DRAM. I have emailed Hikvision for an official reply.
At an ambient temperature of 28 degrees celsius, CrystalDiskInfo 8.8.7 showed that the drive idles at around 33 degrees celsius and it maxes out at 63 degrees celsius during file copying.
The included heatsink is a simple metal piece designed to snap onto the SSD’s long edges. With the heatsink installed, the E2000 measures about 4mm thick. The heatsink, together with airflow from the tower CPU cooler, reduced idle temperature by 1 degree, and lowered load temperatures by a good 6 degrees.
Despite several sources which claim that cooling a NVMe SSD will reduce its performance, the benchmarks showed very little change.
Would I have paid an extra $26 for the Hikvision E2000 512 GB, over the E1000 512 GB? Since I have a black-themed build, the silver heatsink which nearly covers all of the drive is a big plus – followed by performance which is amongst the fastest drives in the market today.
Comparing this drive among the rest: it still has the shortest warranty period compared to other drives, but it makes up for it for having a strong TBW rating for DRAM-equipped NVMe drives. At present, the closest competitor on listed specifications would be the Transcend MTE 220S – although you don’t get a heatsink and a green PCB.
Like my experience moving from a Kingston A400 to a Hikvision E1000, If you already have the E1000 or similar drive, upgrading to the E2000 will be hard to justify as there is almost no discernible improvement in OS boot, software and game loading times. But if you’re building a new PC today, it is greatly advisable to budget for a DRAM-equipped drive like the E2000. Not only are you getting more synthetic performance gains, you’re also buying extra reliability due to the presence of DRAM and a simple thermal solution.
Hikvision Storage drives are represented in Singapore by Evolv3d Pte Ltd.