Today we have the storage unit under review HIKSEMI FUTURE Eco 512GB, which has quite peculiar features and a quite aggressive price. At the same time, we have an SSD that is direct competition from the FUTURE Eco: the Kingston NV2 500GB, one of the best-selling units in the local market. We'll see how they stack up against each other, run tests, and at the end, offer a full product review.
Unit HIKSEMI FUTURE Eco 512GB has been sampled without return by HIKSEMI Perú, for today's review.
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HIKSEMI FUTURE Eco 512GB SSD - Specifications
HIKSEMI has entered the market with several SSD products for end consumers. The first drive we tested was the 1TB FUTURE, and today we have the 512GB FUTURE Eco. The price of today's product in the local market is quite aggressive: 39 US dollars, two dollars more than one of the best-selling SSDs, the 2GB NV500 (approximately US$ 37).
The FUTURE Eco, like the FUTURE, are SSDs without cache DRAM. This means that they use HMB (Host Memory Buffer) technology to accelerate various types of loading in terms of speed. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as technology has improved considerably over time, offering good performance without breaking the bank.
The big difference between the FUTURE and the FUTURE Eco is the NAND Flash memories. The Future offers speeds close to 7000 MB/s, while the FUTURE Eco is close to 5000 MB/s. They both use the same driver (MAP1602A) of Maxio, but FUTURE Eco use part number YMC3G002Tb64CA1C0. They are NAND Flash YTMC, but they are from 128 layers, explaining its lower performance (but also lower cost).
It is essential to remember that the FUTURE Eco uses the PCIe Gen 4 x4 interface and HIKSEMI advertises speeds of 5000 MB/s read and 2500 MB/s write. The brand has not reserved space for “overprovisioning”, which explains why it has “12GB” more storage. The 512GB drive comes with 900TB TBW or a 5-year warranty.
Photos - HIKSEMI FUTURE Eco 512GB SSD
Benchmarks - Storage
Contrary to popular belief, most storage benchmarks are mostly synthetic and do not accurately reflect performance in real-world usage situations, due to variability in individual user usage patterns.
Does not exist a single test that can replicate actual usage in a comprehensive manner; however, these benchmarks are used to provide a reference to the potential performance of the product during testing.
Out of all the tests, PCMark 10 (Storage Benchmark) is considered the most representative, on which we will base our evaluation of the actual performance of a storage device for daily use, although it does not cover all possible scenarios.
For the average gaming-focused user, this test best simulates everyday use.
We have incorporated and updated several benchmarks in our SSD test suite, including the load time of the demo of FFXIV and the latest version of CDM 8, among others.
Below is the list of benchmarks that we will use:
-ATTO Disk Benchmark
-AS SSD Benchmark
-Anvil Storage Utilities
-Black Magic Disk Tester
-FFXIV Demo- Loading Time
-PCMark10 (Storage Benchmark)
-3DMark Storage Benchmark
Benchmark (for storage reviews)
CPU: Intel Core i9-13900K (Power Limiters Disabled) (https://amzn.to/3X53WQS)
Board: Z790 AORUS ELITE AX (BIOS F9) (https://amzn.to/3ClPWde)
RAM: G.Skill Flare X5 Series (AMD Expo) 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR5 6000 CL36-36-96 (https://amzn.to/3Z8g45y)
T.video: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition (Link: https://amzn.to/3Pe4Vx6)
Operating system: Windows 11 Home Edition 22H2 – VBS OFF
Liquid refrigeration: Lian Li Galahad 360 (https://amzn.to/3jMvNXO)
SSD: Addlink S70 1TB + TeamGroup MP34 4TB SSD (https://amzn.to/3PuIAvX)
SSD test: HIKSEMI Future Eco 512GB (https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_msiz3X6)
Driver: NVIDIA Driver
Power supply: Seasonic Prime Gold 1300W (https://amzn.to/3Qd102w)
CrystalDisk Mark 8
CrystalDiskMark has undergone a major update and we are currently on version 8 of this tool. As is customary with every new iteration of CrystalDiskMark, making comparisons with previous versions might be inappropriate in most cases. In CrystalDiskMark version 8, in addition to the standardized tests, new test profiles have been added specifically for NVMe solid-state drives. Precisely, we are using one of these profiles to carry out our benchmark tests on this occasion.
ACT Disk Benchmark
AS SSD benchmark
Anvil Storage Utilities
PCMark10 it is the closest test to what an average user can do in real life. PCMark 10 Full Storage has several traces of different types of usage, such as OS loads, Adobe loads, games, file copying, and more. We will be looking at each of these results in more detail.
It also offers a final score, bandwidth (MB/s) y latency (µs). This quiz takes about an hour and I will do three strokes per activity (23 categories, 69 quizzes total).
3DMark Storage Benchmark
The stress test we use to measure temperatures is a torture test using CrystalDisk Mark 8 for an extended period of time. We then take the highest temperature during the test and check the ambient temperature as well.
HIKSEMI FUTURE Eco 512GB
|(Maximum temperature) Degrees Celsius
|With motherboard M.2 heatsink
57 (I assume it's the controller)
Final analysis - One of the SSDs to consider in the price/performance segment
HIKSEMI provided us with this test unit, and the first thing I checked was the direct competitors of this model. He NV2 de Kingston was the SSD chosen for being the best seller, but as we mentioned in the review, the NV2 is at a disadvantage compared to the competition today and the FUTURE Eco 512GB is a better choice.
The speeds are higher, it offers better performance, and the cost difference is only two additional dollars. Additionally, the FUTURE Eco's warranty coverage is considerably higher. (900TBW o 5 years). The FUTURE Eco is positioned as one of the SSDs with the best price/performance ratio on the market, and it is always welcome to have new competitors.
Although other models in this price segment still need to be analyzed, the product stands out as one of the leaders and references in such a competitive space to which it belongs.
We don't have many reviews of the product, although it would have been great to see some software associated with the unit.
Final Score – HIKSEMI Future Eco 512GB
Review Highlights Unit HIKSEMI FUTURE Eco 512GB for its aggressive price of $39 and superior read (5000 MB/s) and write (2500 MB/s) speeds. With superior performance and guarantee of 5 years or 900TBW, the FUTURE Eco is positioned as a leader in the price/performance segment.
-Good performance despite not having a cache design (DRAMless).
-Comes with graphene heatsink included.
-5 year warranty and high TBW (900 TBW).
-Quite competitive price.
-It does not have the brand's own software.