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PNY Elite 960GB External SSD Review

Rating: 8.0.

Towards the end of 2019, we reviewed PNY's Pro Elite external SSD, and today we are looking at its slower but cheaper sibling, known simply as the PNY Elite –  and it's even smaller in size than the Pro Elite. Priced at £120 for the 960GB model, is this a good option for those looking for an affordable but high capacity external drive?

As with the Pro Elite line, the Elite range is made up of three capacities albeit slightly smaller than the Pro Elite; 240GB, 480GB and the flagship 960GB drive we are reviewing here. PNY doesn’t state what controller or which NAND the drive uses in the specification sheet but hazarding a guess for the NAND, we would say its 3D TLC NAND.

There are small differences between the drives when it comes to Sequential performance. The 240GB and 480GB are rated up to 430MB/s and 400MB/s for reads and writes respectively. The 960GB drive is rated up to 420MB/s for both read and writes.

PNY back the Elite with a 3-year warranty.

Physical Specifications:

  • Usable Capacities: 960GB.
  • NAND Components: n/s.
  • Interface: USB 3.1 Gen1 Micro-B.
  • Form Factor: External.
  • NAND Controller: n/s.
  • Dimensions: 60 x 36 x 9mm.
  • Drive Weight: 50g.

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