Inland’s Performance Plus is a powerful PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD that rivals the best SSDs you can buy, but at a lower price. Plus, it comes with a massive heat sink to keep this SSD cool under intense workloads. You may not recognize the Inland brand, but it has been a staple at Micro Center for years and is also available through Amazon.
Inland’s Performance Plus is one of the few of the company’s recent fast SSDs we’ve scheduled for review. Many (if not all) Inland SSDs seem to be powered by Phison-branded SSD controllers, which gives us an idea of what to expect when it comes to performance and reliability. While the brand isn’t quite as big as say Samsung or Crucial, with Phison’s help the company can stay surprisingly competitive in the storage arena, against much much bigger rivals.
In terms of hardware, the performance of Inland Plus is comparable to that of the Gigabyte Aorus Gen4 7000s, Corsair MP600 Pro and Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus. It uses the same E18 NVMe SSD controller and Micron’s 96L TLC flash as these alternatives, along with a slim heatsink, but in most cases it undercuts them in price. The Inland Performance Plus is a solid value for those looking for a fast Gen4 SSD.
|Capacity (User / Raw)||1000GB / 1024GB||2000GB / 2048GB|
|form factor||M.2 2280||M.2 2280|
|Interface / Protocol||PCIe 4.0 x4 / NVMe 1.4||PCIe 4.0 x4 / NVMe 1.4|
|controller||Phison PS5018-E18||Phison PS5018-E18|
|Memory||Micron 96L TLC||Micron 96L TLC|
|Consecutive writing||5,500MBps||6,850 MBps|
|Random reading||350,000 IOPS||650,000 IOPS|
|Random write||700,000 IOPS||700,000 IOPS|
|Endurance (TBW)||700 TB||1,400TB|
|part number||1TB NVME PERF||2TB NVME PERF|
|Guarantee||5 years||5 years|
Inland offers the Performance Plus in 1TB and 2TB capacities, costing $190 and $400 respectively. In terms of warranty coverage, Inland supports the Performance Plus with a warranty of five years or up to 700 TB of write capacity per 1 TB of capacity, whichever comes first.
Each capacity can deliver up to 7 GBps of read performance, but both differ in write potential. The 1TB model can write up to 5.5 GBps, while the more spacious 2TB model can write up to 6.85 GBps thanks to double the number of NAND chips. In addition, the random read performance scales much higher on the 2TB model than on the 1TB model. The 1TB Performance Plus can deliver up to 350,000/700,000 random read/write IOPS, while the 2TB model can manage up to 650,000/700,000 random read/write IOPS.
A closer look
Inland has a well-designed heatsink, similar to that of the Corsair MP600 Pro, but with a few more cuts to add surface area to tame the heat under extended workloads. However, measuring 14.5 x 23 x 70mm, Inland’s Performance Plus is very thick and can interfere with GPU placement depending on the M.2 slot you’re trying to install it in. However, if it gets in the way or you just want to use your motherboard heatsink, it’s easy to remove.
At the heart of the Performance Plus is a Phison PS5018-E18 PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe 1.4 SSD controller. In addition to features such as SMART data reporting, secure erase and TRIM, it also offers ASPM and APST support for low idle power consumption.
Unlike the previous generation E16 from Phison, the E18 has been built from the ground up to provide better performance options for PCIe 4.0 drives. It uses a tri-core primary Arm Cortex R5 architecture along with a dual-core co-processor resulting in very fast sustained write speeds. Furthermore, there are two 8Gb SK hynix DDR4 DRAM ICs on our 2TB sample, to speed up access to the logical to physical mapping tables, ensuring responsive readouts.
As for the bulk storage, we find eight packs of Micron’s 96L TLC. There are a total of 32 dies on our 2TB sample, each with a density of 512GB. This flash is not quite as fast as Micron’s recently tested 176L TLC.but at 1200 MTps over the controller’s eight NAND channels, it’s fast enough in many cases to keep up with the best.
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