November 28, 2022

Hello and welcome to one more episode of TechARX Tech Report. Today we will be checking out one of the less hyped brands in the PC Industry: HIKVISION. The product we will be checking out today is from their storage lineup; presenting the HIKVISION E2000R PCIe SSD.

The HIKVISION E2000R SSD is run by a Phison PS5012-E12 Controller which is a relatively high-end member of the family aimed at the low mid-end of the market. The E12 has a PCIe 3.0 x4 host interface and has eight NAND channels supporting up to 8TB capacity with a DDR4 Ram cache of different configurations targetting different price and performance points.

Specifications

HIKVISION E2000R Specifications
Capacity 256 GB 512 GB 1024 GB
Model Number HS-SSD-E2000R/256GB HS-SSD-E2000R/512GB HS-SSD-E2000R/1024GB
Controller Phison PS5012-E12
NAND Flash UNKNOWN
Form-Factor, Interface M.2-2280, PCIe 3.0 x4, NVMe
Sequential Read (128K) 3100 MB/s 3300 MB/s 3450 MB/s
Sequential Write (128K) 1000 MB/s 2100 MB/s 2900 MB/s
Random Read IOPS (4K) 187K IOPS 369K IOPS 600K IOPS
Random Write IOPS (4K) 220K IOPS 470K IOPS 600K IOPS
DRAM Buffer Yes
MTBF 1,500,000 hours
Write Endurance 380 TB
1.38 DWPD
800 TB
1.46 DWPD
1665 TB
1.52 DWPD
Price N/A N/A N/A
Warranty 5 years

The 2000R is a mid-range NVME targeted with a decent DDR4 cache. The product is aimed at people who have a decent budget along with a penchant for subtle RGB in their system without breaking the bank.

We got the 1TB model for review from HIKVISION India. Without further ado let’s move on to the benchmarks after a few pics. shall we?

Pictures

Benchmarks

The HIKVISION E2000R ran through our usual benchmark suite along with a few additions. All of the benchmarks will be explained as they come.

Test System

TechARX Test System
Processor Ryzen R7 2700X
MotherBoard Asus TUF Gaming X570 Plus
Memory Antec Katana Memory 3200 MHz
Graphics Card Geforce GTX 1060 GB
Boot Drive HIKVISION E2000R NVMe
Power Supply Deepcool DQ850M V2
Atto Disk Benchmark

The great thing about ATTO is that one can test with predefined block sizes. So, we can test with a 32MB sequence of 4KB files, yet also 32MB in 1MB files, providing an opportunity to test with various file sizes. This benchmark is preferred among manufacturers as ATTO uses RAW or compressible data and, for our benchmarks, we used a set length of 256mb and tested both the Read and Write performances for various transfer sizes ranging from 0.5 to 8192kb with a user-selected queue depths.

Anvil’s Storage utilities Benchmark 

Anvil Pro or Anvil’s Storage Utilities[Depending on what you’d want to call it] is an ‘all-inclusive’ storage utility that allows testing transfer speeds as well as IOPS and lets the user tweak and adjust to find just the right mix in their testing medium, the IOPS tests being fully configurable with preset testing scenarios for read, write and mixed IO. The Benchmarks menu includes an SSD test, Endurance Testing, and 3 pre-configured IOPS tests.

AS SSD benchmark Suite

This nice little German application gives an extensive result set. The test is popular, so I included it. AS SSD, for the most part, gives us the worst-case scenario in SSD transfer speeds because of its use of incompressible data.

CRYSTAL DISK Benchmark
Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and Write performances through a sampling of highly compressible data (oFill/1Fill), or random data. Crystal Disk Mark scores usually drop a bit compared to ATTO, and this is the result of the test data now being primarily incompressible – Mostly movies, music, and photographs. We tested the drive with CDM 7 under different test cases.

Conclusion

The E2000R is a capable performer. The SDD took whatever we threw at it and chewed it out. This is a good product. Period.

However, the product lacks brand awareness at this moment as HIKVISION or PRAMA Hikvision is mainly known for security product and their storage division is somewhat overlooked in PR. Even the interwebs are not very kind to it as HIKVISION for whatever reason has a pretty lackluster website and internet presence. As a result, product awareness is extremely low. Coupled with stock issues (we couldn’t find this product in Amazon or many retailers), HIKVISION has somewhat of tough terrain to traverse through before it becomes a contender in the big leagues like Kingston, etc.

A bronze from TechARX for now.