Today we are taking a look at the Inland Premium 1TB SSD. Inland is a smaller brand that is carried in-store at Microcenter, which is where I personally have encountered them. This particular review unit came from “the Amazon.” The Inland Premium 1TB is based on the Phison PS5012-E12S controller and comes equipped with Toshiba BiCS4 TLC NAND, and carries a value price tag.
Inland Premium 1TB NVMe SSD
The Inland Premium 1TB comes in a single-sided M.2 2280 (80mm) form factor.
Beneath the product label is the Phison PS5012-E12S-32 controller, four NAND packages, and a DRAM cache. The E12S-32 controller is an 8-channel controller capable of handling either TLC or QLC, and on this drive, it is connected to Toshiba 96-layer TLC NAND. Take note that the product label does include a link to Microcenter’s website, which certainly reinforces the idea that this is Microcenter’s house brand.
The back of this single-sided drive contains nothing but unused pads. This drive is also available in a 2TB capacity, and presumably, all these pads would be occupied by additional NAND and DDR3 on the larger model drive.
Inland Premium SSD Specs
The Inland Premium line of SSDs is available from 256GB to 2TB. Normally at this point, I would include a picture of the product spec sheet from the website, but that is a bit difficult in this case. As you saw the drive label contains a link to Microcenter; while this is certainly one place you can buy these drives, the website makes no ownership claim to the brand nor product datasheets for the line of drives. Additionally on the packaging is the link to the website for IPSG Products. IPSG stands for the International Products Sourcing Group and appears to be the company that actually orders these drives and imports them into the USA from their OEMs overseas. Its website is hilariously dated:
Aside from the throwback style (and content) of the website, no mention of the Inland SSDs appears on the site. So instead, for specs, we simply have to rely upon the packaging itself, which thankfully includes all of the things most buyers will want to know.
Our 1TB drive is rated at 3100 MB/s read and 2800 MB/s sequential write, which is very respectable for a PCIe 3.0 SSD. In addition, the 1600 TB endurance rating is excellent; many 1TB drives like the WD Blue SN550 1TB offer endurance ratings much closer to 600 TB.
The only area the Inland Premium 1TB falls short compared to ‘name brand’ competitors is in the length of the warranty, which is only 3 years. Most other mainstream drives now offer 5-year warranties, so the Inland drive is behind the curve a bit here. In addition, you can see that the warranty is served by IPSG Products (the company with the retro 1995 era website) and not Microcenter, which is just something to take note of.
CrystalDiskInfo can give us some basic information about the SSD, and confirms we are operating at PCIe 3.0 x4 speeds using NVMe 1.3. Additionally, I took just a moment to chuckle at the model name of the drive “PCIe SSD 1024.2 GB” which just helps hammer home the “generic brand” feeling of the drive. Normally, this will have the drive name instead of a generic label.
Test System Configuration
We are using the following configuration for this test:
- Motherboard: ASUS PRIME X570-P
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (12C/24T)
- RAM: 2x 16GB DDR4-3200 UDIMMs
Our testing uses the Inland Premium 1TB as the boot drive for the system, installed in the M.2_1 slot on the motherboard. The drive is filled to 85% capacity with data and then some is deleted, leaving around 60% used space on the volume.
Next, we are going to get into our performance testing.