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For a quick end user test it's fine. CDM also tends to be shown by manufacturers when making their marketing claims. For reviews... more about showing users what they can easily compare with while also using other custom tests to test a drive better.

No way of knowing who is "hiding" behind what nick on forums from what site/channel.
I was simply shopping and looking for a good value drive, couldn't find much initially on typical review sites of CPUs/GPUs/... so I asked here and the E12 drives were mentioned. It's really hard to tell from shops and aggregators what drives are good when one doesn't know which controllers are good. New and old being sold side by side with contradicting prices etc. (lower performance for higher price of older products).
There didn't seem to be any active recent SSD threads on OCN with latest drives recommendations. So I made the list of E12 drives that could be found since they seem to be the best bang 4 buck right now.

Anandtech is kind of funky with it's tests, offering 3 different tests with 3 different results, probably each is or should be simulating a different user behavior usage of a drive. Varying degrees of reads/writes and types. Browsing reviews of SSDs on Anandtech is a pain because they mix review together with news, at least I do not know how to list reviews only like other sites can.

No doubt the high transfer speeds get harder to achieve both other hardware wise and software wise.

I use FastCopy for transferring larger volumes of data or when verification is wanted since doing MD5 on 100GB is not fun. https://fastcopy.jp/en/

This is the thermal sensor weirdness: https://www.guru3d.com/articles_page..._review,6.html


What update did you use to install firmware 12.3? I've added what I found into OP for the firmwares but haven't updated any myself.
Is it even worth it to update 12.2 to 12.3? Are there any differences worth updating for other than higher version number?
I got you. I understand exactly. That is why I got into SSDs years back myself. I wanted to clear things up about whats going on with what. etc. Sadly, all my SSDs efforts go into my work now rather than here on OCN. I still like to help out around here every now and again. Do you have any tests that you would like to see done in reviews? I'm actually trying to come up with ideas since I'm retesting a bunch of drives on a new testbed starting this week. Most of the time it seems readers really don't care too much about what tests are done.

Have you ever seen this dude's buying guide? https://www.reddit.com/user/NewMaxx/...ing_guide_wip/ That spreadsheet lists almost everything new/current for peeps. Lists all the drives with the controller, NAND, etc. Looks like a decent resource to look over.

I got my 12.3 firmware from Corsair directly, but one I downloaded from that reddit user who linked some random 12.3 update from another manufacturer I believe. Both are the same exes and DLLs and update to 12.3 fine. I so far have upgraded my MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro SSDs at all capacities (240GB-2TB) from both 12.1 and 12.2 firmware direct to 12.3. No data loss. And, on the 960GB Corsair Force MP510, I was on 11.0 firmware and updated to 12.3, but that results in data loss. There is a live firmware update option, but I just did the shutdown option in the updater. I think all E12 drives feature generic base firmware. None of the SMART data or OEM data changes after the update. (waiting on Phison's rep to get back to me on exact differences and stuff). I can go ahead and try flashing my SP P34A80 if you want confirmation before you go about it.

Here's a link to the firmware I got from Corsair: https://www.dropbox.com/s/k6imkbv1ax...e12.3.zip?dl=0

Oh and that sensor weirdness may be related to the 11.0 firmware on the drive when we originally got test samples. 12.X may fix that, although I don't have a thermal camera to confirm.

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