Remember Optane? The brand was recently killed off by Intel but one of its core divisions, the consumer SSD segment, was sold off to SK Hynix who rebranded it as Solidigm. The fairly new brand has recently launched its P41 Plus SSD series which aims at the mainstream PC segment. Solidigm believes that it can become a major player in the consumer SSD space which has been oversaturated by several brands recently too.

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The new Solidigm Spatium lineup is aimed at both high-performance and mainstream segments. The high-end series includes the P44 Pro while the mainstream segments include the P41 Plus SSD series.

Solidigm has announced the Solidigm P41 Plus, the company’s first branded solid-state storage drive (SSD) since becoming a company in December 2021. The P41 Plus is an innovative PCIe 4.0 product that delivers the industry’s best combination of performance and value to PC users for everyday productivity and gaming.

Capable of delivering up to 4,125 MB/s sequential read speed, the Solidigm P41 Plus represents a breakthrough in cost efficiency, delivering great PCIe 4.0 performance at a price that won’t break the budget for everyday PC users.

The Solidigm P41 Plus features 144-layer 3D NAND and is widely available in an M.2 2280 form factor in capacities of 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB. For increased design flexibility, the Solidigm P41 Plus is also available to OEMs in 2230 and 2242 sizes.

Today, I will be testing the Solidigm P41 Plus 2 TB & 1 TB SSDs which are currently available for $129.99 & $69.99 US, respectively.

Solidigm P41 Plus Gen 4 Gen 4 NVMe SSDs

The Solidigm P41 Plus Gen 4 NVMe SSDs come in three capacities: 512 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB. All three capacities utilize the same Silicon Motion SMI SM2269XT controller and make use of 144-layer QLC NAND Flash. There's no onboard DRAM and the devices come in the standard M.2 2280 form factor which makes them compatible with virtually any modern PC.

The 1 TB and 2 TB drivers are rated at a maximum sequential read speed of 4125 MB/s while the Sequential write speed varies at 2950 and 3325 MB/s, respectively. Similarly, the Random Read is rated at 225/390K IOPs while the Random Write is rated at 520/540K IOS, respectively. The 1 TB is rated at an endurance of 400TB while the 2 TB has an endurance of 800 TB.

In addition to the drives, Solidigm also offers its new Storage Tool, Firmware Update Tool, and Synergy Software suites which offer various functions such as firmware updates, diagnostics, secure eras, performance booster, cache management, S.M.A.R.T. capabilities, and more.

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FEATURES

Performance with Impact on real-world workloads

  • Solidigm has taken a thorough approach to client workload analysis and SSD design across many use cases – from daily student and office work to enthusiast-level gaming and content creation – to understand the actual components of user experience. As a result, Solidigm has designed the P41 Plus to work best for the real-world workloads and applications that you use daily.

Power and Thermal Efficiency

  • The P41 Plus is optimized for power savings and thermal efficiency to help deliver consistent performance with minimal throttling.

Endurance and Reliability

  • The P41 Plus is highly durable, allowing you to write more data and read it back with fewer errors over the life of your SSD. You can write hundreds of GB to the drive every day over a five-year warranty period, enabling you to rely on the P41 Plus to provide consistent high performance for the life of your SSD.

Increased Performance and Consistency with Solidigm Synergy

  • Combine the P41 Plus with the Solidigm Synergy software for a complete client storage solution. Solidigm Synergy enhances performance with a new level of communication between the P41 Plus and your PC, enabling the SSD to optimize your most important files and optimizations for the quickest access.

In terms of performance, MSI's SPATIUM M480 2 TB has sequential read speeds of 7000 MB/s and write speeds of 6800 MB/s. The Random read speeds of these drives are up to 650K IOPS and the write is 700K IOPS. The MSI SPATIUM M480 2 TB SSD has an idle power draw of 22mW and a maximum operating power of 8.2W. The endurance of the lineup is rated at 1400 TBW or 1,600,000 hours which should last a good amount of time with these drives. You are also looking at a 5-year limited warranty throughout the entire lineup.

Solidigm P41 Plus Gen 4 NVMe SSD Specifications:

Solidigm P41 Plus Gen 4 NVMe SSD Specs:

Capacity (Variant)512 GB1 TB2 TB
Sequential Bandwidth - 100% Read
(up to)
3500 MB/s4125 MB/s4125 MB/s
Sequential Bandwidth - 100% Write
(up to)
1625 MB/s2950 MB/s3325 MB/s
Power - Active 80mW80mW80mW
Power - Idle25mW25mW25mW
Vibration - Operating2.17 GRMS (5-700Hz)2.17 GRMS (5-700Hz)2.17 GRMS (5-700Hz)
Vibration - Non-Operating3.13 GRMS (5-700Hz)3.13 GRMS (5-700Hz)3.13 GRMS (5-700Hz)
Shock (Operating and NonOperating)1,000 G (Max) at 0.5 msec 1,500 G (Max) at 0.5 msec1,000 G (Max) at 0.5 msec 1,500 G (Max) at 0.5 msec1,000 G (Max) at 0.5 msec 1,500 G (Max) at 0.5 msec
Operating Temperature Range0°C to 70°C0°C to 70°C0°C to 70°C
Operating Temperature (Maximum)70 °C 70 °C 70 °C
Operating Temperature (Minimum) 0 °C0 °C0 °C
Endurance Rating (Lifetime Writes)200 TBW400 TBW800 TBW
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)1.6 million hours1.6 million hours1.6 million hours
Uncorrectable Bit Error Rate (UBER)
Hardware EncryptionNoNoNo
End-to-End Data ProtectionYesYesYes
NSIT Secure EraseNoNoNo
InterfacePCIe 4.0 x4 | NVMePCIe 4.0 x4 | NVMePCIe 4.0 x4 | NVMe
Form FactorsM.2 22 x 80mmM.2 22 x 80mmM.2 22 x 80mm
Warranty Period5 years5 years5 years

Solidigm P41 Plus Gen 4 SSD - Unboxing and Closer Look

The SSD comes in a small package. The package is colored white/purple and has large pictures of the SSD featured on it. The front also lists down some features such as capacities, maximum read speeds, and PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 form factor.

The back of the package lists some details along with the 5-year limited warranty that these come with.

The Solidigm P41 Plus SSD package includes the SSD itself along with a drive manual.

Out of the package, the drive comes in the standard M.2 2280 form factor and features a black PCB. There's a white and purple Solidigm sticker on the front and a label sticker on the back.

Since the P41 Plus is a mainstream solution by Solidigm, it doesn't feature any heatsink or flashy marketing to make it standout from the rest of the Gen 4 NVMe options. Solidigm is keeping things simple and that's a plus.

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The SOLIDIGM P41 PLUS SSDs utilize the  Silicon Motion SMI SM2269XT controller which is Gen 4 compliant and makes use of Solidigm's 144-layer QLC NAND Flash.

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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

Solidigm P41 Plus Gen 4 Gen 4 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:

Official SSD Stats (IOPS)
Random Read 4 KB (IOPS)
Random Write 4KB (IOPS)
0
166667
333334
500001
666668
833335
1000002
0
166667
333334
500001
666668
833335
1000002
TeamGroup CARDEA A440 PRO 2 TB Gen 4
1m
1m
Samsung 980 PRO 1 TB Gen 4
1m
1m
TeamGroup CARDEA A440 1 TB Gen 4
750k
750k
MSI SPATIUM M480 PLAY 2 TB Gen 4
700k
650k
MSI SPATIUM M480 2 TB Gen 4
700k
650k
Inland Gaming Performance Plus 2 TB Gen 4
650k
700k
TeamGroup CARDEA Creamic C440 1 TB Gen 4
650k
700k
TeamGroup CARDEA IOPS 1 TB Gen 3
680k
670k
MSI SPATIUM M470 1 TB Gen 4
600k
600k
MSI Spatium M450 1 TB Gen 4
420k
550k
MSI Spatium M390 1 TB Gen 3
420k
550k
Solidigm P41 Plus 2 TB Gen 4
390k
540k
Solidigm P41 Plus 1 TB Gen 4
225k
520k
Official SSD Stats (MB/s)
Sequential Read (MB/s)
Sequential Write (MB/s)
0
2000
4000
6000
8000
10000
12000
0
2000
4000
6000
8000
10000
12000
TeamGroup CARDEA A440 PRO 2 TB Gen 4
7.4k
7k
Inland Gaming Performance Plus 2 TB Gen 4
7k
6.9k
MSI SPATIUM M480 PLAY 2 TB Gen 4
7k
6.8k
MSI SPATIUM M480 2 TB Gen 4
7k
6.8k
Samsung 980 PRO 1 TB Gen 4
7k
5k
TeamGroup CARDEA A440 1 TB Gen 4
7k
5.5k
MSI SPATIUM M470 1 TB Gen 4
5k
4.4k
TeamGroup CARDEA Creamic C440 1 TB Gen 4
5k
4.4k
Solidigm P41 Plus 2 TB Gen 4
4.1k
3.3k
Solidigm P41 Plus 1 TB Gen 4
4.1k
3k
MSI Spatium M450 1 TB Gen 4
3.6k
3k
TeamGroup CARDEA IOPS 1 TB Gen 3
3.4k
3k
MSI Spatium M390 1 TB Gen 3
3.3k
3k

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

AS-SSD Benchmark
AS-SSD Score
0
4000
8000
12000
16000
20000
24000
0
4000
8000
12000
16000
20000
24000
TeamGroup CARDEA A440 PRO 2 TB Gen 4
12.1k
MSI SPATIUM M480 PLAY 2 TB Gen 4
12k
MSI SPATIUM M480 2 TB Gen 4
11.9k
Inland Gaming Performance Plus 2 TB Gen 4
11.8k
TeamGroup CARDEA A440 1 TB Gen 4
11.7k
Samsung 980 PRO 1 TB Gen 4
8.6k
MSI SPATIUM M470 1 TB Gen 4
7.2k
TeamGroup CARDEA Creamic C440 1 TB Gen 4
7k
Solidigm P41 Plus 2 TB Gen 4
5.6k
Solidigm P41 Plus 1 TB Gen 4
5k
MSI Spatium M450 1 TB Gen 4
4.9k
MSI Spatium M390 1 TB Gen 3
4.9k
  TeamGroup CARDEA IOPS 1 TB Gen 3
4.8k

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.

ATTO v3.05 128 KB Sequential QD4
Sequential Read (MB/s)
Sequential Write (MB/s)
0
2000
4000
6000
8000
10000
12000
0
2000
4000
6000
8000
10000
12000
TeamGroup CARDEA A440 PRO 2 TB Gen 4
7.2k
7.3k
Inland Gaming Performance Plus 2 TB Gen 4
7.2k
7.1k
MSI SPATIUM M480 PLAY 2 TB Gen 4
7.1k
7.2k
MSI SPATIUM M480 2 TB Gen 4
7.1k
7.2k
Samsung 980 PRO 1 TB Gen 4
5.1k
4.4k
TeamGroup CARDEA A440 1 TB Gen 4
6.8k
7.1k
MSI SPATIUM M470 1 TB Gen 4
5.1k
5.3k
TeamGroup CARDEA Creamic C440 1 TB Gen 4
5k
5.2k
Solidigm P41 Plus 2 TB Gen 4
4.4k
3.6k
Solidigm P41 Plus 1 TB Gen 4
4.2k
3.2k
MSI Spatium M450 1 TB Gen 4
3.8k
3.9k
MSI Spatium M390 1 TB Gen 3
3.7k
3.6k
  TeamGroup CARDEA IOPS 1 TB Gen 3
3.6k
3.5k

Crystal Disk Mark 7.0.0 x64

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

Crystal Disk Mark 7.0.0 x64 SEQ1M Q8T1
Sequential Read (MB/s)
Sequential Write (MB/s)
0
2000
4000
6000
8000
10000
12000
0
2000
4000
6000
8000
10000
12000
TeamGroup CARDEA A440 PRO 2 TB Gen 4
7.2k
7k
MSI SPATIUM M480 PLAY 2 TB Gen 4
7.1k
7k
MSI SPATIUM M480 2 TB Gen 4
7.1k
7k
Inland Gaming Performance Plus 2 TB Gen 4
7.1k
6.9k
Samsung 980 PRO 1 TB Gen 4
7.1k
6.7k
TeamGroup CARDEA A440 1 TB Gen 4
6.7k
5.1k
MSI SPATIUM M470 1 TB Gen 4
7.1k
5.6k
TeamGroup CARDEA Creamic C440 1 TB Gen 4
5.3k
4.5k
Solidigm P41 Plus 2 TB Gen 4
5.2k
4.4k
Solidigm P41 Plus 1 TB Gen 4
4.2k
3.6k
MSI Spatium M450 1 TB Gen 4
4.1k
3.2k
MSI Spatium M390 1 TB Gen 3
3.7k
3.6k
  TeamGroup CARDEA IOPS 1 TB Gen 3
3.5k
3.3k
Crystal Disk Mark 7.0.0 x64 4KiB Q1T1
Random Read (MB/s)
Random Write (MB/s)
0
90
180
270
360
450
540
0
90
180
270
360
450
540
TeamGroup CARDEA A440 PRO 2 TB Gen 4
112.3
492.4
MSI SPATIUM M480 PLAY 2 TB Gen 4
109.9
485.4
MSI SPATIUM M480 2 TB Gen 4
109.5
485.5
Inland Gaming Performance Plus 2 TB Gen 4
108.5
481.8
Samsung 980 PRO 1 TB Gen 4
100.2
450.2
MSI Spatium M450 1 TB Gen 4
88.2
428.2
TeamGroup CARDEA A440 1 TB Gen 4
79.2
424.5
MSI SPATIUM M470 1 TB Gen 4
76.1
412.5
TeamGroup CARDEA Creamic C440 1 TB Gen 4
75.1
410.6
Solidigm P41 Plus 2 TB Gen 4
75.1
410.8
Solidigm P41 Plus 1 TB Gen 4
74.5
409.2
MSI Spatium M390 1 TB Gen 3
74.1
408.7
  TeamGroup CARDEA IOPS 1 TB Gen 3
73.2
405.2

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.

File Transfer Rate (MB/s)
Transfer Speed (MB/s)
0
400
800
1200
1600
2000
2400
0
400
800
1200
1600
2000
2400
TeamGroup CARDEA A440 PRO 2 TB Gen 4
1.6k
MSI SPATIUM M480 PLAY 2 TB Gen 4
1.6k
MSI SPATIUM M480 2 TB Gen 4
1.6k
Inland Gaming Performance Plus 2 TB
1.5k
Samsung 980 PRO 1 TB Gen 4
1.5k
TeamGroup CARDEA A440 1 TB Gen 4
1.5k
MSI SPATIUM M470 1 TB Gen 4
1.3k
MSI Spatium M450 1 TB Gen 4
1.2k
TeamGroup CARDEA Creamic C440 1 TB Gen 4
1.2k
Solidigm P41 Plus 2 TB Gen 4
950
Solidigm P41 Plus 1 TB Gen 4
920
MSI Spatium M390 1 TB Gen 3
891
TeamGroup CARDEA IOPS 1 TB Gen 3
855

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.

PCMark 10 System Disk Storage Bench
Disk Score (Higher is Better)
0
700
1400
2100
2800
3500
4200
0
700
1400
2100
2800
3500
4200
TeamGroup CARDEA A440 PRO 2 TB Gen 4
3.5k
MSI SPATIUM M480 PLAY 2 TB Gen 4
3.3k
MSI SPATIUM M480 2 TB Gen 4
3.3k
Inland Gaming Performance Plus 2 TB Gen 4
3.3k
Samsung 980 PRO 1 TB Gen 4
3.3k
TeamGroup CARDEA A440 1 TB Gen 4
2.8k
MSI SPATIUM M470 1 TB Gen 4
2.7k
TeamGroup CARDEA Creamic C440 1 TB Gen 4
2.7k
Solidigm P41 Plus 2 TB Gen 4
2.6k
Solidigm P41 Plus 1 TB Gen 4
2.2k
MSI Spatium M450 1 TB Gen 4
2.2k
MSI Spatium M390 1 TB Gen 3
2.1k
TeamGroup CARDEA IOPS 1 TB Gen 3
2k
PCMark 10 System Disk Access Times
Access Times (Lower is Better)
0
20
40
60
80
100
120
0
20
40
60
80
100
120
TeamGroup CARDEA A440 PRO 2 TB Gen 4
43
MSI SPATIUM M480 PLAY 2 TB Gen 4
45
MSI SPATIUM M480 2 TB Gen 4
45
Inland Gaming Performance Plus 2 TB Gen 4
45
TeamGroup CARDEA Creamic C440 1 TB Gen 4
46
Samsung 980 PRO 1 TB Gen 4
46
TeamGroup CARDEA A440 1 TB Gen 4
48
MSI SPATIUM M470 1 TB Gen 4
52
Solidigm P41 Plus 2 TB Gen 4
53
Solidigm P41 Plus 1 TB Gen 4
55
MSI Spatium M450 1 TB Gen 4
57
MSI Spatium M390 1 TB Gen 3
58
  TeamGroup CARDEA IOPS 1 TB Gen 3
62

Conclusion - Solid Storage For Console Gamers

QLC is back in action with Solidigm's P41 Plus series SSDs. We last saw it in action in the Intel Optane SSD series but from here on out, Solidigm will be the torch bearer and utilize the QLC NAND technology for its mainstream consumer SSDs. We got to take a good look at two drives from Solidigm, the 1 TB and 2 TB Gen 4 NVMe. In terms of performance, both SSDs landed right where we expected them. There's nothing flashy to boast about and the DRAM-less drive makes them slightly less impressive but Solidigm's real Ace is the value.

Temperatures
Temps (Lower is Better)
0
20
40
60
80
100
120
0
20
40
60
80
100
120
Samsung 980 PRO 1 TB Gen 4
76
TeamGroup CARDEA A440 PRO 2 TB Gen 4
72
MSI SPATIUM M480 2 TB Gen 4
71
MSI SPATIUM M470 1 TB Gen 4
69
MSI Spatium M450 1 TB Gen 4
67
Solidigm P41 Plus 2 TB Gen 4
63
Solidigm P41 Plus 1 TB Gen 4
60
TeamGroup CARDEA A440 1 TB Gen 4 (With heatsink)
56
MSI Spatium M390 1 TB Gen 3
56
TeamGroup CARDEA Ceramic C440 1 TB Gen 4 (With heatsink)
55
TeamGroup CARDEA IOPS 1 TB Gen 3 (With heatsink)
53
TeamGroup CARDEA A440 PRO 2 TB Gen 4 (With heatsink)
50
MSI SPATIUM M480 PLAY 2 TB Gen 4 (With heatsink)
49
Inland Gaming Performance Plus 2 TB Gen 4 (With heatsink)
47
MSI SPATIUM M480 2 TB Gen 4 (With heatsink)
45

As of right now, the Solidigm P41 Plus 2 TB Gen 4 SSD is listed for $129.99 US whereas the 1 TB SSD is listed for $69.99 US. The 1 TB variant is an exceptional price and currently the cheapest Gen 4 TB variant that you can find at Newegg. Same is the case with the 2 TB variant which is priced real well and if these prices are maintained, then Solidigm has a killer product on their hand. For users who want to have a Gen 4 drive in larger capacities, I think one should really consider Solidigm P41 Plus series as an option.

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