GALAXY Xingyao 7000 Plus SSD in-depth test analysis
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GALAXY Xingyao 7000 Plus SSD in-depth test analysis

Posted Date: 2024-01-22

Limited by main control specifications and flash memory performance, the sequential transmission speed of most mainstream PCIe 4.0 SSDs is currently within 5000MB/s, especially some PCIe 4.0 SSDs that use QLC particles and have lower main control specifications. The speed is only around 4000MB/s, and the performance is not much better than PCIe 3.0 SSD. Therefore, in order to allow mainstream players with limited budgets to obtain a better storage experience, GALAX Technology has recently launched a new mainstream PCIe 4.0 SSD: Xingyao 7000 Plus SSD. As can be seen from its model, this SSD emphasizes that its transmission speed can reach 7000MB/s. So in the test, can it really reach such a high level and bring benefits to users in actual use? What kind of experience will it be like? Can the game be loaded quickly?

Specifications

Interface: PCIe 4.0 x4

Main controller: Phison PS5027-E27T

Flash Memory: Premium 3D NAND TLC Flash Memory

Caching: N/A

Optional capacity: 1TB, 2TB

Plate type: M.2 2280

Durability: 600TBW (1TB), 1200TBW (2TB)

Warranty time: 3 years

Reference price: 449 yuan (1TB)

Adopt Phison’s latest main control GALAXY Star 7000 Plus SSD Hardware Analysis

First of all, you can see from the packaging that as the latest product of the Xingyao series, the GALAXY Xingyao 7000 Plus SSD is similar to the Xingyao X4 PRO and Xingyao X4 that we have tested before. It still uses GALAXY’s “Xingyao Girl” as the packaging protagonist. , she put on a mecha uniform similar to D.VA in the "Overwatch" game, and paired it with long pink hair, which made her look more technological and fashionable. As for the body design of Xingyao 7000 Plus SSD, the design of this SSD is also quite simple and is not equipped with a heat sink. We think the main reason is that most motherboard products now provide at least one M.2 SSD radiator, which can meet the cooling needs of SSD. Moreover, sometimes the thickness and length of the radiator designed by the SSD manufacturer exceeds the standard, which causes installation inconvenience. , difficult to fix, and the user has to remove the original radiator and reinstall it. Therefore, when the motherboard is basically equipped with an M.2 SSD radiator, selling the SSD in the form of bare chips can reduce costs and make the product more cost-effective. .

▲There is a metal composite heat dissipation sticker with the product model printed on the front of the SSD. If the GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD is used in laptops, all-in-one computers, and other devices with limited space that cannot install aluminum alloy heat sinks, users should not remove the heat dissipation sticker. Sticker, you can use it to assist heat dissipation.

In terms of SSD core configuration, the Xingyao 7000 Plus SSD has undergone a major upgrade. Its main control chip has been upgraded from the Phison PS5021-E21 main control chip of the Xingyao X4 PRO to the Phison PS5027-E27T. This is a main control chip specially built for gaming PCs and game consoles like PS5. It is manufactured by TSMC TSMC 12nm production process. It is based on a single-processor architecture, has a built-in 32bit microcontroller, and supports the NVMe 1.4 protocol. It is a This is a four-channel main control without independent cache. The so-called independent cache master is a master that does not require external memory for caching. It can build a virtualized cache pool by occupying a small amount of computer memory, achieve efficient cache management and use, and reduce SSD power consumption and production costs. At the same time, this SSD also supports 3D TLC NAND and 3D QLC NAND flash memory with Toggle 5.0 or ONFi 5.0 interface. The supported flash memory interface transfer rate can reach up to 3600MT/s. And this is also the biggest upgrade of Phison PS5027-E27T compared to Phison PS5021-E21. The latter supports a maximum flash memory transfer rate of only 1600MT/s.

▲The GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB tested this time is composed of one Phison PS5027-E27T main control chip and two 3D stacked flash memories numbered "I27HGA5A1V". There is no chip on the back of the PCB.

▲The SSD uses the latest Phison PS5027-E27T four-channel main control chip

This also allows the nominal sequential read and write speeds of the Xingyao 7000 Plus SSD 1TB product to reach 7000MB/s and 6000MB/s respectively, while the nominal sequential read and write speeds of the GALAXY X4 PRO 1TB are only 5000MB/s and 3500MB/s. s, it can be said that its performance improvement is still relatively large. At the same time, the nominal 4K random read and write performance of Xingyao 7000 Plus SSD 1TB also reaches 1000K and 850K IOPS respectively, while the nominal 4K random read and write performance of Xingyao X4 PRO 1TB is 650K and 800K IOPS. In terms of random performance, the new product There is also a significant improvement. In other aspects, PS5027-E27T also supports fifth-generation LDPC error correction engine, RAID ECC, end-to-end data path protection mechanism and other technologies, which can ensure more complete data and increase the service life of SSD. The main control also supports common encryption and security technologies such as AES 256, SHA 512, RSA 4096, and TCG Opal.

▲3D stacked TLC flash memory numbered "I27HGA5A1V"

In terms of flash memory, this product is equipped with 3D stacked TLC flash memory numbered "I27HGA5A1V". Unfortunately, we are unable to find out the specific technical specifications of this flash memory. However, according to past tests, if the SSD main control chip only has four read and write channels, then to achieve a sequential read speed of about 7000MB/s, the flash memory I/O speed (single flash memory interface speed) needs to reach 2400MT/s a new generation of flash memory. Only in this way can the SSD's transmission speed be close to the theoretical performance of PCIe 4.0 x4 bandwidth under a cache-free design. At the same time, these two flash memories also have high storage density. On the 1TB SSD tested this time, it only has two flash memory chips on the front, and each flash memory chip integrates up to four 1Tb dies. It is worth mentioning that, as a manufacturer with technology research and development capabilities, GALAX also provides users with a tool software called Magic Pan Xtreme Tuner For SSD, which can not only monitor the temperature and remaining life of the solid-state drive, but also perform security Maintenance work such as erasure, firmware upgrade, hard drive optimization, etc.

Currently, GALAXY Xingyao 7000 Plus SSD has two capacities of 1TB and 2TB. Its guaranteed write data capacity is 600TB (1TB) and 1200TB (2TB) respectively, reaching the level of first-line PCIe 4.0 SSD, but their prices are respectively At around 449 yuan and 749 yuan, it is only at the level of mainstream PCIe 4.0 SSDs. The free warranty period of GALAXY Xingyao 7000 Plus SSD is 3 years, and the warranty policy is based on whichever comes first. That is to say, if the amount of data written to the SSD exceeds the amount of data written under the warranty within 3 years, then even if the SSD has not been used for By 3 years, the SSD warranty status will also become out of warranty. On the other hand, if the amount of data written to the SSD does not reach the amount of data written under the warranty, but it has been used for more than 3 years, the SSD will also lose its warranty.

So how does the GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB perform in actual testing and use? Next, we specially built a test platform based on one of the most powerful gaming processors currently, AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D processor, 32GB DDR5 6000 dual-channel memory, and X670E motherboard to test the GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB.

testing platform

Motherboard: ROG CROSSHAIR X670E HERO

Processor: Ryzen 9 7950X3D

Memory: G.SKILL Trident Z5 Neo

DDR5 6000 32GB Memory Kit

Hard drive: GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB

Graphics card: GeForce RTX 4090

Power supply: ROG THOR 1200W

Operating system: Windows 11

Breaking through 7400MB/s! Benchmark Performance Test

Judging from the benchmark performance test, the performance of GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB is very good. Its sequential read speed greatly exceeds the nominal 7000MB/s. The sequential read speed in CrystalDiskMark is as high as 7405.72MB/s. At the same time, its highest The sequential writing speed has also reached 6273.35MB/s, which is also significantly higher than its nominal sequential writing speed of 6000MB/s. The high-performance Phison PS5027-E27T main control chip and 3D NAND TLC flash memory are indispensable. It is commendable that the GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB also has excellent random read and write performance. Its random 4K Q32T16 read and write speeds are 4372.33MB/s and 5734.05MB/s respectively. In conversion, its 4K random read and write performance are respectively It can reach 1120K and 1468K, which not only exceeds the official standard 4K random read and write performance of 1000K and 850K IOPS of this product, but is also better than most mainstream PCIe 4.0 SSD products, whose random read and write performance is mostly within 900K and 800K.

In the AS SSD Benchmark and Anvil's Storage Utilities tests, the GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB scored 11,329 points and 26,676 points respectively with its good sequential and random read and write performance, which is better than the common mainstream PCIe 4.0 TLC SSD. The latter's score in the AS SSD Benchmark is generally within 9,000 points, and its score in the Anvil's Storage Utilities test is difficult to exceed 25,000 points.

File transfer performance test

▲In just 6 seconds, GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB can transfer a 33GB ISO file to another high-performance SSD.

Considering that the benchmark test only reflects the theoretical performance of the product, we also tested the read and write speed performance of GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB with a high-performance SSD when transferring actual files. First we tested its sequential read and write speed with a 33GB ISO file. The results are satisfactory. The average read and write speeds can reach 5853MB/s and 5498MB/s respectively. It only takes 6.0s to transfer the 33GB ISO file to the high-performance SSD. When the high-performance SSD writes this 33GB large file to the GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB, the writing time is 6.4s, which is only 0.4s longer than reading the file, which can effectively reduce the user's waiting time.

▲The "CS2" game installation file writing speed of GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB exceeds 4100MB/s, and it has good small file reading and writing performance.

For a long time, reading and writing small files has been a long-standing problem in storage devices. With the help of Phison PS5027-E27T main control chip and high-performance 3D NAND TLC flash memory, GALAXY Xingyao 7000 Plus SSD 1TB can quickly transfer files composed of many files. game files. We paired it with a high-performance SSD and tested it using the "CS2" game installation folder consisting of 2720 files and a total capacity of 33.4GB. The average reading and writing speed of the "CS2" game folder of GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB is 3851MB/s and 4180MB/s. It only takes 9.3s and 8.6s to complete the reading and writing of the entire game folder. Its small files Transmission performance is very good. For SSD, the reading and writing performance of small game files is also very important. After all, after downloading games on many gaming platforms, users only need to copy their installation folders and then they can be used on another SSD without re-downloading. .

Application software and game testing

In program applications, thanks to its good sequential and random read and write performance, GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB also brings a better user experience. First, in the PCMark8 storage performance test, its score reached 5053 points. According to previous tests, SSD needs to quickly complete reading and writing tasks in the built-in PCMark8 storage test of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects and other professional software tests in order to obtain a score of more than 5050. This result also shows that GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB has reached the performance level of mainstream PCIe 4.0 SSD, and can complete reading and writing tasks with less time-consuming use in the professional application software mentioned above.

▲The PCMark 10 test results of GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB reached the level of mainstream PCIe 4.0 SSDs

Next, we also used the PCMark 10 storage performance complete system disk performance test. The GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB scored 2835. This result shows that this SSD not only has performance that surpasses the flagship PCIe 3.0 SSD, but also is better than other entry-level PCIe 4.0 SSDs using Phison PS5019-E19T and Huirong SM2269XT main control solutions. The PCMark 10 storage performance of this type of SSD is also Just around 2300 and 2400, the PCMark 10 score of GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB has reached the level of mainstream PCIe 4.0 SSD.

▲After running PCMark 10 for 37 minutes, the maximum temperature of the GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB equipped with a third-party heat sink was around 58°C.

Due to the long test time of PCMark 10, this test took about 37 minutes, which means that the SSD will continue to perform read and write tests within 37 minutes, and the work intensity is relatively high. Therefore, while testing, we also observed its operating temperature through monitoring software. The results show that after installing a third-party aluminum alloy heat sink, the SSD can better control the operating temperature. During the entire test process, the maximum temperature of the SSD was 58°C. We touched it with our hands and found that the temperature of the SSD heat sink was relatively high, but not so hot that we had to move our hands away immediately after just feeling it. In short, in order for the SSD to fully unleash its performance and avoid the possibility of overheating, slowdown, and malfunction, it is best for users to install a heat sink when using the GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB.

To examine game performance, we used the 3DMark storage performance test. This test will examine the speed from startup to menu on SSD for three games: "Battlefield 5", "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4" and "Overwatch". The performance of SSD when recording video while playing games, as well as the performance of installing games and copying game files. The Galaxy Star 7000 Plus SSD 1TB also performed very well, with a total score of 3146 points and an average transfer speed of 538.27MB/s. According to some tests we have conducted before, the score of mainstream PCIe 4.0 SSD in this test is generally only about 2500 points, with an average transfer speed of 400MB/s ~ 500MB/s. Only PCIe 4.0 SSD with better performance can score 3000 points. The above test scores. This also shows that the Galaxy Star 7000 Plus SSD 1TB can start, install and store games faster.

In the actual game performance test, we also ran "Final Fantasy 14: Dawn of the End", "Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers" and "Final Fantasy 14: Red" at 4K resolution and the highest image quality settings. Benchmark tests for the three games "Lotus Rush". In addition to examining the system's running frame rate, these benchmark tests can also measure how long it takes the SSD to load game scenes. Judging from the results, even when using 4K high-resolution materials, the scene loading time of GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB in these three games is only 6.4s to 7.2s, and its startup speed is the same as Comparable to other high-performance PCIe 4.0 SSDs, players can quickly run games without waiting for too long, bringing a smooth gaming experience.

TxBENCH performance consistency test

▲The average sequential read speed of GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB is as high as 7403.4MB/s.

Next, we also examined the sequential read and write performance consistency of GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB through TxBENCH's full disk read and write test. First of all, from the full-disk read performance test, its full-disk sequential read performance performed very well in this test. Not only did there not be any slowdown during the entire reading process, the average sequential read speed was as high as 7403.4MB/ s, the results are similar to the previous CrystalDiskMark benchmark.

▲The SLC Cache capacity of GALAXY Xingyao 7000 Plus SSD 1TB is not large, about 47GB.

▲The average writing speed of GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB is 776.4MB/s.

In the full disk write test, from the test point of view, during sequential write, the SLC Cache capacity of GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB is not large, about 47GB. Before the sequential write capacity reaches 47GB, its sequential write capacity is The input speed can reach about 6200MB/s. After exceeding this capacity, the SSD's sequential writing speed will slow down. However, because the GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB uses 3D NAND TLC flash memory, the SSD's writing speed will slow down. The speed is not like QLC SSD. The writing speed immediately drops to less than 100MB/s after the SLC Cache is exhausted. The sequential writing speed of this SSD can still remain at 700~850MB/s most of the time. around s. Coupled with the ultra-high writing speed when using SLC Cache in the early stage, the overall average writing speed of this product can still reach 776.4MB/s.

Outstanding cost performance and reliable quality

Based on the above tests, we believe that the GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB is a cost-effective SSD today when the prices of storage products are generally rising. At the same price, most of the foreign brand 1TB SSDs that users can buy have transfer speeds within 5000MB/s, and some even use QLC flash memory particles. However, the GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB can provide users with sequential transfer speeds. Achieving 7400MB/s experience, and equipped with the latest Phison PS5027-E27T main control chip and high-performance 3D NAND TLC flash memory, it can quickly launch various applications and games in practical applications. More importantly, it also has a guaranteed write data volume of up to 600TB. Even if a user writes 300GB every day, it will take 5.6 years to reach this amount of data. In real life, ordinary consumers rarely write every day. Enter so much data. So if you have a limited budget but need an SSD with strong performance and reliable quality, then the GALAXY 7000 Plus SSD 1TB is a good choice.

Review Editor: Huang Fei


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