Zotac Sonix 480GB PCIe NVMe SSD Review




/ 3 years ago

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A Closer Look


The PCI-Express add-in card uses an x4 connector that will fit into most systems. It is naturally also compatible with other larger sized connectors such as x8 and x16 ones.

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The top of the Sonix features air vents that help the card to stay cool even in stressed and tight situations. They also give the card a great look.

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The end also features air vents for even more cooling.

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The top design is finished with a logo down in the corner, giving the drive that final touch.

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Turning the card over reveals the backplate that gives the drive the final touches design-wise. Proud of their drive, Zotac also added their logo here. It isn’t just for design aspects tho, the backplate also works as a heatsink for the NAND chips.

 

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As an end-user, you should never take your drives apart like this, but it is one of the pleasures that I have as a reviewer. I get to take everything as far apart as I can.

Zotac_Sonix-Photo-details piece by piece

Starting with the top cover, we see that Zotac added a mesh filter on the inside. We want a great ventilation to the drive, but no dust inside. And it works.

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The backplate has thermal pads attached to half the NAND chips which are located on that side of the PCB. This should help prevent thermal throttling of the card.

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Other than the four NAND chips, this side of the card is unspectacular, but there are some discoveries to be made on the other side.

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The other side also features these pads on the NAND chips, but they aren’t attached to the top cover. Instead, this side features a small heatsink that covers the NAND, cache, and controller of the SSD.

 

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I’ve also added a few closeup of the NAND chips, controller, and cache chips below, giving those with an eye for every detail the last bits of information.

 

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Zotac_Sonix-Photo-details controller

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