Inland Gaming Performance Plus 2 TB Gen 4 M.2 SSD Review – Performance & Value In A Heatsink-Equipped Package



Inland Gaming Performance Plus 2 TB Gen 4 SSD

January, 2022
Type SSD
Price $289.99 US

US retailer Micro Center is well-known for high-performance computing solutions and they recently started offering their own components for the gaming segment. The main focus is on SSDs under its new 'Inland' brand which is a collaboration between Micro Center and Phison & caters to the gaming audience, both PC and consoles (the latter is true for the product I am reviewing today).

The first product in the Micro Center lineup, the Inland Performance Plus, was introduced last year and was mainly regarded as a premium Phison E18 controller-powered product. This year, Inland is launching its latest Gaming Performance Plus SSD solutions which are optimized specifically for the gamer audience. They still utilize the Phison E18 controller but it features a more affordable design and even comes with a heatsink that is compatible with Sony's PS5 console.

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Inland Gaming Performance Plus 2 TB Gen 4 NVMe SSD

So as expected, the Inland Gaming Performance Plus SSDs come in two flavors, a 1 TB and a 2 TB model. We will be taking a look at the 2 TB model.

The Gaming Performance Plus 2 TB SSD is based on the NVMe SSD form factor and features a total of eight Micron 176-layer 3D TLC NAND B47R chips, offering larger capacities, better performance, and slightly lower power input. The Inland SSDs are also based on the Gen 4 Phison PS5018-E18 controller. The SSD also comes with dual SK Hynix DDR4-2666 DRAM chips which offer 2 GB total capacity. The SSD features the PCIe Gen4x4 interface and complies with the NVMe 1.4 standard.

  • DESIGNED FOR PS5: Engineered to fit perfectly and easily installed into the PS5's internal expansion slot, ready for PlayStation 5 and compatible with PC computers as well
  • LIGHTNING GEN 4 SPEED: Lastest extreme m.2 pcie Gen 4 x4 interface provide with read/ write speeds up to 7000MB/s and 6850MB/s respectively, while the PS5 requires SSD speeds of at least 5500MB/s, great value to upgrade your ps5 or any laptop
  • EXCELLENT COOLING: Made of High-Quality aluminum, the INLAND Pre-Installed Heatsink for the PS5 console was specifically designed to maximize cooling performance, helps disperse heat and reduce throttling, totally fit inside PS5's internal expansion slot
  • HIGH ENDURANCE: with up to 1400 TBW Endurance rate. 3D TLC NAND flash, resistant to shock, vibration, and movement. No overheat, No noise, keep your drive performing at its best for years
  • INDUSTRIAL QUALITY: Power Management Support for APST / ASPM / L1.2./ Supports SMART and TRIM commands. / Advanced Wear Leveling, Bad Block Management, and Over-Provision. Backed by a 6-year limited warranty

In terms of performance, Inland Gaming Performance Plus 2 TB has sequential read speeds of 7000 MB/s and write speeds of 6850 MB/s. The Random read speed of the drive is up to 650K IOPS and the write is 700K IOPS too. The endurance of the lineup is rated at 1400 TBW or 3,000,000 hours which should last a good amount of time with these drives. You are also looking at a 6-year limited warranty through the entire lineup. As far as pricing is concerned, the 1 TB model goes for $149.99 US while the 2 TB model has an MSRP of $289 US.

Inland Gaming Performance Plus 2 TB Gen 4 NVMe SSD Specifications:

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Inland Gaming Performance Plus SSD Specs

SSD NameInland Gaming Performance Plus 1TBInland Gaming Performance Plus 2TB
Form FactorNVMe 1.4NVMe 1.4
ProtocolPCIe Gen 4 x4PCIe Gen 4 x4
ControllerPhison PS5018-E18Phison PS5018-E18
Capacity1 TB2 TB
DRAM2 GB SK Hynix DDR4-2666 DRAM2 GB SK Hynix DDR4-2666 DRAM
ArchitectureMicron 176L TLCMicron 176L TLC
Sequential Read7000 MB/s7000 MB/s
Sequential Write5500 MB/s6850 MB/s
Random Read350K IOPS650K IOPS
Random Write700K IOPS700K IOPS
Endurance700 TBW1400 TBW
Price$149 US$289 US
PS5 Compatible HeatsinkYes (Included)Yes (Included)

Inland Gaming Performance Plus 2 TB Gen 4 NVMe SSD – Unboxing and Closer Look

The Inland Gaming Performance Plus comes in a small package. The front of the package is the blue and black theme with a large picture of the SSD featured on it. There are many logos on the front starting with the Inland logo and marketing labels for 3D NAND, M.2, PCIe, and NVMe.

The back of the package lists down some specifications of the SSD and some performance figures which we will get to in a bit. Interestingly, the front and the back lists down different read and write speeds. The write speed is listed at 6850 MB/s on the front but 5500 MB/s on the back but we know that the real speeds are 6850 MB/s.

The packaging within is very simple with the SSD being held onto a plastic container with foam on both ends. The SSD sits in the middle of the container.

Out of the package, both drives come in the standard M.2 2280 form factor with the 2 TB model having a black-colored PCB.

The front of the drives includes a specifications sticker and comes pre-equipped with the heatsink. The heatsink can be removed easily and is compatible with the PS5 console. The back of the SSD is the thermal sticker.

The Inland Gaming Performance Plus holds eight Micron 176-layer 3D TLC NAND B47R chips which offer larger capacities, better performance, and slightly lower power input. It is a product designed with high-end performance in mind.

Test Setup

Our test platform for this review consisted of an Intel Core i9-12900K  processor which ran at stock clocks on the Z690 AORUS Master motherboard. The platform was coupled with 32 GB of DDR5 memory from G.Skill (Trident Z5/ 16 GB x 2) and the ASUS ROG Thor 1200W PSU. For graphics, I used the MSI GeForce RTX 3090 SUPRIM X. This rounds up as a high-end platform for tests with modern-day SSDs.

Wccftech SSD Test Setup:

ProcessorIntel Core i9-12900K @ 5.30 GHz
Motherboard:Z690 AOURS Master
Power Supply:ASUS ROG THOR 1200W PSU
Solid State Drive:Inland Gaming Performance Plus 2 TB (Gen 4)
Seagate IronWolf 525 500 GB (Gen 4)
Samsung 980 Pro 1 TB (Gen 4)
MSI Spatium M450 1 TB (Gen 4)
MSI Spatium M480 2 TB (Gen 4)
MSI Spatium M470 1 TB (Gen 4)
TeamGroup CARDEA C440 1 TB (Gen 4)
TeamGroup CARDEA IOPS 1 TB (Gen 3)
TeamGroup CARDEA A440 1 TB (Gen 4)
TeamGroup T-Create Classic 2 TB (Gen 3)
Memory:G.Skill Trident Z5 DDR5-6000 (2 x 16 GB)
Case:Cooler Master C700M
Video Cards:MSI GeForce RTX 3090 SUPRIM X
Cooling Solutions:MSI MEG S360 AIO Liquid Cooler
OS:Windows 11 64-bit

Inland Gaming Performance Plus 2 TB Gen 4 NVMe SSD Performance Benchmarks

First up, we have the official performance stats for these drives as listed by their manufacturers. You can compare these stats with the rest of the drives I tested in the following chart:

AS SSD Benchmark

AS SSD Benchmark download is a Windows 10 utility software program that tests the performance of solid-state drives. With its help, you can find out the speed of all installed SSDs and take care of any issues that the tests may reveal. The free app performs three separate tests to provide you with conclusive evidence on your driver's general behavior while it copies, reads, and writes data.  The app determines the access time of an SSD, along with its speed and performance capabilities

ATTO 3.05 Disk Benchmark

As the industry’s leading provider of high-performance storage & network connectivity products, ATTO has created a widely-accepted Disk Benchmark freeware software to help measure storage system performance. As one of the top tools utilized in the industry, Disk Benchmark identifies performance in hard drives, solid-state drives, RAID arrays as well as the host connection to attached storage. Top drive manufacturers, like Hitachi, build and test every drive using the ATTO Disk Benchmark.

The ATTO Disk Benchmark performance measurement tool is compatible with Microsoft Windows. Use ATTO Disk Benchmark to test any manufacturer's RAID controllers, storage controllers, host bus adapters (HBAs), hard drives, and SSD drives and notice that ATTO products will consistently provide the highest level of performance to your storage.

Crystal Disk Mark 7.0.0 x64

CrystalDiskMark is a disk benchmark software.It measure sequential reads/writes speed,measure random 512KB, 4KB, 4KB (Queue Depth=32) reads/writes speed,select test data (Random, 0Fill, 1Fill),

File Transfer Speeds (100 GB File Size)

To test the maximum average transfer speeds of the drives, I used a 100 GB file to test the limits.

PCMark 10 Storage Benchmark

The PCMark 10 Storage benchmark is designed to test the performance of SSDs, HDDs, and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and a selection of popular games. You can test the system drive or any other recognized storage device, including local external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 10 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices.

Conclusion - Premium Performance For A Premium Price

We have tested quite a few SSDs based on the Phison E18 controller over the past few months & well all SSDs have proven to be at the high-end of the spectrum when it comes to performance. It looks like the Inland Gaming Performance Plus is no exception either as it delivers the same high-class speeds that you can expect. The read and write teams match what you should expect from the E18 controller and it also packs onboard DDR4 DRAM.

Also looking at the temperatures above, you can see that the SSD performs within normal operating temps of under 50C. It does get slightly warm under intense stress tests such as benchmarks but nominal use temperatures average at around 55C. The heatsink delivers outstanding temps and the low profile makes it perfect for any PC combo plus as an added bonus, it is also compatible with Sony's PlayStation 5 so you can expect the same high-end perf on your gaming consoles.

At $289.99 US, the Inland Gaming Performance Plus is definitely on the high side when it comes to pricing but in terms of performance, it is definitely worth looking at, especially if you plan on using it as your main gaming drive on your high-end PC setup or a PlayStation 5 console!

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