Phison PS5019-E19T 1113 BGA SSD Overview – The One
Introduction and reader details
Computer hardware gets better, faster and cheaper over time. This is especially true for portable computing devices such as the Dell XPS laptop we’re reviewing today. What interests us about Dell’s newest flagship XPS 13 offering is its unique built-in storage device. Dell’s 13″ XPS laptops have been around for years and have become progressively thinner and more powerful over time. Much of its progressive thinning is the result of soldered components such as DRAM and CPU.
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Being storage enthusiasts now, we didn’t give much thought to internal components such as the CPU and DRAM soldered onto a PCB. What interests us is fast NVMe storage. After all, fast storage is infinitely more important to a good user experience than a faster CPU or better DRAM. In fact, in our opinion, SSDs are the most liberating technological advancement in the history of computing.
It’s been interesting to watch the effect of ever-smaller hardware on laptop PCs like the XPS 13. SATA, M.2, and NVMe SSDs have all contributed to thinner, faster, and more portable PC devices. more portable to where we are today. Now, “compact” means there’s simply no room for component connections, even as small as M.2. In fact, space is such a premium that even a tiny 2230 M.2 SSD is grossly oversized for a device like Dell’s XPS 13, but there is a solution and it gets us to where we are today.
BGA-SSD. Ball Grid Array or BGA SSDs are single enclosure NVMe SSDs. Controller and flash are packaged together for a small footprint. There is no connector as they are soldered to the motherboard. This results in an incredibly compact footprint and as such is quickly becoming the new standard for ultra-portable laptops.
To get an idea of how compact the 1TB BGA SSD we’re reviewing today are, here are its physical dimensions: 11.5mm (x-axis) x 13mm (y-axis) x 1.65mm (z-axis). It is physically much smaller than a penny. 1TB of fast NVMe storage that’s physically smaller than a penny? Unbelievable.
Now, Phison isn’t the only game in town for BGA SSDs. There are many options to choose from. So what made Dell choose Phison’s E19T BGA SSD? Well, stuff like that has requirements. A requirement for performance, size, power, endurance, etc. A company, Dell, in this case, publishes them and the companies submit a product.
The best product is chosen for the project. In this case, Phison met all the design requirements and offered the best value for money for Dell and therefore for the end user. The chosen.
So let’s take a close look at what Dell’s chosen BGA storage device does when paired with the latest 12th generation mobile processors and DDR5 memory.
Using the surrounding screws for scale, we can get a good idea of how compact Phison’s PS5019-E19T 1113 BGA SSD is. We can also get a good idea from these photos as to why a BGA SSD is pretty much a requirement for most laptops today.
Test System Specifications
MSI SPATIUM M450 PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 1TB Internal Gaming SSD
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Synthetic benchmarks: CDM, Anvil, ATTO, Blackmagic,
We will mention that some benchmarks have the E19T BGA SSD labeled NVMe 3460 Micron 256 GB. This is not correct in terms of capacity. The correct capacity is 1024GB. We know that Micron is a Phison partner and as such the drive itself could be a Phison E19T based Micron product.
OK, let’s go. The DRAM-less E19T BGA SSD exceeds its factory spec of rated throughput of 3000MB/s. It should be noted that the BGA version is a dual-lane PCIe Gen4 device. This makes a lot of sense because being a 2 way device it generates much less heat and also consumes less power. Both of these attributes are essential for low-power devices.
In terms of speed, 3200/2800 MB/s is very fast for anyone using the XPS as expected. In almost all consumer usage scenarios, the number that really matters, 53.68 is very solid and equates to around 7000MB/s Gen4 SSD. Low queue depth random reads have the most effect on user perceived responsiveness or what we call user experience.
Anvil Storage Utilities
Considering the low power consumption of the 2-way BGA E19T SSD, these results are exceptional. We like the maximum shuffle of 461K. That’s even better than a 1TB E18 SSD with 96L flash. Wow.
We are looking for full speed transfers at 128K. Few SSDs can do that. In fact, only Phison-based SSDs can typically deliver full throughput with such a small file size.
If tasked with creating video content, the E19T BGA can more than handle anything thrown at it within reason. There would be file size limitations that don’t show up when running this test. We exit the SLC cache and the performance will drop significantly.
Tests in real conditions: 3D Mark, PCM10
We will mention that some benchmarks have the E19T BGA SSD labeled NVMe 3460 Micron 256 GB. This is not correct in terms of capacity. The correct capacity is 1024 GB.
3DMark SSD Gaming Test
UL’s latest 3DMark SSD gaming test is the most comprehensive SSD gaming test ever. We consider it superior to testing against the games themselves because, as a trace, it is much more consistent than the variations that will occur between runs on the game itself. This test is effectively the same as running the real game, but without the inherent inconsistencies of application testing.
In short, we think it’s the world’s best way to test an SSD’s gaming prowess and accurately compare it to competing SSDs. The 3DMark SSD Gaming Test measures and scores the following:
- Loading Battlefield V from launch to main menu.
- Loading Call of Duty Black Ops 4 from launch to main menu.
- Loading Overwatch from launch to main menu.
- Recording 1080p gameplay video at 60 FPS with OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) while playing Overwatch.
- Installing The Outer Worlds from the Epic Games Launcher.
- Saving game progress in The Outer Worlds.
- Copy Steam folder for Counter-Strike Global Offensive from external SSD to system drive.
We can definitely see some casual gaming happening on the XPS 13. In terms of gaming performance, when it comes to storage, the E19T BGA SSD offers more than enough for a good gaming experience.
PCM10 Storage Tests
The PCMark 10 Storage Test is the most advanced and accurate consumer storage test ever. You can choose from four different tests; we run two.
The Full System Player Benchmark and the Quick System Player Benchmark. The Full System Drive Benchmark writes 204 GB of data over the duration of the test. The Quick System Drive Benchmark writes 23 GB of data over the duration of the test. These tests are directly related to the consumer user experience.
PCMark 10 Full System Player Benchmark
While we wouldn’t imagine many people running 200GB consumer workloads on an XPS 13, if anyone does, the E19T BGA SSD can handle it surprisingly well, considering it’s This is a 2-lane DRAM-less SSD.
PCMark 10 System Player Quick Benchmark
Again, plenty of performance for what the device is intended for.
Technology never disappoints. It is always getting faster, more versatile and smaller. Technology is the only commodity that becomes cheaper as it improves.
Phison’s PS5019-E19T 1113 BGA SSD is a perfect example of smaller, faster, better and cheaper. After testing Dell’s flagship XPS 13 compact laptop, it’s not hard to see why Phison’s BGA offering was chosen for storage tasks.
It is incredibly compact, obviously very durable, and works with very little power while offering exceptional performance. He is the chosen one.
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