PC & Console Peripherals

Orico PSSD CN300 – The portable terabyte

If a USB stick is too slow and an external hard drive is too big and heavy, an external SSD can be a sensible alternative. Orico offers such an alternative with the PSSD CN300, which promises extensive utilization of the SATA 3 bandwidth according to the spec sheet and provides it via a USB-C port. Buyers can choose between capacities of 250, 500 and 1,000 GB as well as between three color variants: white, pink and light green.

Today, we are testing the PSSD CN300 with one terabyte of storage and in white. How the storage medium, which is currently available in stores for Price not available *, performs in practice will be shown in our following report.

Specifications

Manufacturer: Orico
Model name: CN300
Capacity: 1 TB
PCI-E controller: JMicron JMS580
Memory Controller: Unknown
NAND: 3D NAND, unknown manufacturer
Dimensions: 66.3 x 39 x 12.4 mm
Weight: 39 g
Price: Price not available *
Manufacturer warranty: 3 years
Orico PSSD CN300
This product is currently unavailable.

Scope of delivery & Workmanship

With the CN300, as with the GV100 we tested, Orico relies on a blue-and-white printed cardboard box containing brief instructions and the connection cable. In our case, two 20 cm long, double-sided USB-C cables were included, but according to the instructions, this was apparently an oversight: Actually, only one should be included. An additional USB-A to USB-C cable, like in the GV100, is unfortunately not included in the GCN300.

Inside, Orico again uses a controller from JMicron: the JMS580. This offers a USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface with a maximum of 10 GBit/s on the outside, while the SSD is controlled with a SATA interface. The maximum data rate is thus in the usual range: Orico speaks of “almost 540 MB/s”. Meanwhile, there is no information about the 3D NAND used.

The entire technology is housed in a plastic case, which can probably be called extravagant. The variant we tested is still the plainest, alternatively the color combinations green-light green-orange, pink-pink-light blue and purple-light green-orange are available.

The build quality of the CN300 is good: Haptically, the plastic is flawless, the case is solidly built and it feels good in the hand. The individual segments are not quite parallel on our SSD, which can be seen on closer inspection – but this should hardly be noticeable in everyday use.

Performance

When it comes to performance, the CN300 shows two sides of itself compared to other external SSDs we’ve tested. The CN300 comes closest to Orico’s advertised value of “nearly 540 MB/s” in the AS-SSD benchmark – here it achieves 515.73 MB/s in read.

However, the CN300 cannot really hold its own in the overall benchmark score: It is our taillight so far. The same is true for the read and write speeds of 4K sectors in CrystalDiskMark.

wdt_ID SSD Seq (lesen, MB/s) Seq (schreiben, MB/s) 4K (lesen, MB/s) 4K (schreiben, MB/s) 4K-64-Thrd (lesen, MB/s) 4K-64-Thrd (schreiben, MB/s)
1 Adata SD600Q 429,62 398,29 16,53 36,12 94,23 125,54
7 Adata SC685 502,95 465,97 14,98 36,89 83,77 59,54
8 Orico GV100 694,64 586,27 21,19 20,06 22,58 19,98
9 Orico CN300 515,73 313,82 13,73 5,71 14,53 5,60
10 HP P700 953,34 905,55 36,14 53,01 229,64 1.155,05
11 Teamgroup PD1000 (10 Gbps) 912,88 868,61 25,11 38,42 199,82 206,96
12 SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2 970,22 892,72 15,22 37,26 202,43 820,72
14 ADATA SE770G 953,14 909,55 22,11 73,58 360,31 350,51
15 Kingston XS2000 2 TB 1.820,61 1.585,46 14,92 48,09 166,27 813,47
16 Corsair EX100U 2 TB 1.411,21 1.405,40 25,28 64,10 209,08 355,01
SSD Seq (lesen, MB/s) Seq (schreiben, MB/s) 4K (lesen, MB/s) 4K (schreiben, MB/s) 4K-64-Thrd (lesen, MB/s) 4K-64-Thrd (schreiben, MB/s)
wdt_ID SSD Lesen Schreiben Gesamt
1 Adata SD600Q 154 201 439
7 Adata SC685 149 143 372
8 Orico GV100 113 99 274
9 Orico CN300 80 43 159
10 HP P700 361 1.299 1.856
11 Teamgroup PD1000 (10 Gbps) 316 332 817
12 SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2 315 947 1.423
14 ADATA SE770G 478 515 1.241
15 Kingston XS2000 2 TB 363 1.020 1.561
16 Corsair EX100U 2 TB 375 560 1.135
SSD Lesen Schreiben Gesamt
wdt_ID SSD ISO (in MB/s) Programm (in MB/s) Spiel (in MB/s)
1 Adata SD600Q 176,46 93,52 123,44
7 Adata SC685 202,95 77,41 179,99
8 Orico GV100 667,54 345,75 568,98
9 Orico CN300 429,70 263,09 436,04
10 HP P700 382,92 152,12 293,34
11 Teamgroup PD1000 (10 Gbps) 635,84 321,20 570,59
12 SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2 362,07 183,39 307,66
13 ADATA SE770G 391,67 267,24 328,17
14 Kingston XS2000 2 TB 622,89 159,19 391,50
15 Corsair EX100U 2 TB 370,79 252,65 332,82
SSD ISO (in MB/s) Programm (in MB/s) Spiel (in MB/s)
wdt_ID SSD Seq Q32T1 (lesen, in MB/s) Seq Q32T1 (schreiben, in MB/s) 4K Q32T1 (lesen, in MB/s) 4K Q32T1 (schreiben, in MB/s) Seq (lesen, in MB/s) Seq (schreiben, in MB/s) 4K (lesen, in MB/s) 4K (schreiben, in MB/s)
5 Adata SD600Q 301,04 411,00 166,00 138,90 434,30 420,30 16,74 37,25
6 Adata SC685 508,10 456,80 98,22 78,75 477,00 448,60 20,90 39,28
7 Orico GV100 471,80 301,60 29,29 20,01 29,55 20,11 26,95 20,46
8 Orico CN300 466,80 419,60 20,01 10,84 543,00 499,40 19,18 10,28
9 HP P700 963,10 968,70 189,80 179,20 862,60 857,70 39,71 50,18
10 Teamgroup PD1000 (10 Gbps) 959,60 903,00 203,90 187,50 876,70 816,10 31,18 64,96
11 SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2 975,10 926,00 211,60 237,90 751,10 899,90 37,65 62,90
12 ADATA SE770G 996,40 920,80 302,30 294,90 912,40 827,10 37,37 76,93
13 Kingston XS2000 2 TB 2.064,43 1.775,36 176,80 225,50 1.764,02 1.513,77 21,77 77,06
14 Corsair EX100U 2 TB 1.674,86 1.549,60 214,06 230,03 854,22 1.466,82 27,21 72,38
SSD Seq Q32T1 (lesen, in MB/s) Seq Q32T1 (schreiben, in MB/s) 4K Q32T1 (lesen, in MB/s) 4K Q32T1 (schreiben, in MB/s) Seq (lesen, in MB/s) Seq (schreiben, in MB/s) 4K (lesen, in MB/s) 4K (schreiben, in MB/s)
wdt_ID SSD 512 B 1 KB 2 KB 4 KB 8 KB 16 KB 32 KB 64 KB 128 KB 256 KB 512 KB 1 MB 2 MB 4 MB 8 MB 12 MB 16 MB 24 MB 32 MB 48 MB 64 MB
5 Adata SD600Q 7.132 11.659 21.961 40.756 80.908 149.680 189.046 273.737 331.446 382.691 412.825 424.524 434.192 307.725 302.728 301.170 300.021 299.272 298.819 298.588 179.621
10 Adata SC685 4.745 9.309 19.027 37.512 69.285 101.135 198.834 281.538 352.516 390.288 409.600 443.372 466.033 484.759 491.415 487.795 489.176 491.040 490.293 490.470 493.674
11 Orico GV100 10.725 21.248 41.163 76.324 136.944 213.081 299.704 376.231 431.110 542.708 611.470 624.268 624.268 625.723 624.268 623.477 621.378 622.076 624.268 623.373 622.951
12 Orico CN300 9.703 20.480 39.325 73.252 122.099 179.774 287.266 369.013 407.888 455.658 479.349 489.176 483.667 479.349 480.421 477.282 490.293 484.593 477.218 488.205 482.580
13 HP P700 8.704 17.830 30.415 52.461 84.484 161.276 293.857 408.816 462.409 612.829 738.197 842.913 905.565 945.195 963.285 966.468 974.947 974.732 977.313 974.160 977.313
14 Teamgroup PD1000 (10 Gbps) 13.755 28.672 58.733 116.260 216.627 386.858 614.221 821.690 894.008 919.560 934.849 930.221 934.849 932.530 932.530 931.619 934.230 933.864 932.067 930.300 934.230
15 SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2 5.069 10.088 19.819 38.912 76.583 158.003 222.564 369.900 491.471 608.650 720.192 824.978 884.257 909.950 934.849 940.664 937.181 945.252 945.195 941.455 947.419
16 ADATA SE770G 18.849 37.027 63.681 150.601 234.967 409.820 632.007 813.554 887.434 912.847 925.639 952.639 952.639 927.925 925.639 931.619 925.639 929.385 932.067 932.510 923.067
17 Kingston XS2000 2 TB 4.967 10.189 20.681 45.850 87.153 158.003 304.074 583.107 609.328 895.418 1.161.499 1.391.887 1.606.596 1.673.537 1.689.908 1.696.225 1.723.289 1.730.150 1.731.841 1.736.441 1.736.419
18 Corsair EX100U 2 TB 8.639 17.152 32.175 65.536 133.218 232.351 302.587 599.409 1.051.146 1.276.766 1.332.185 1.368.238 1.402.274 1.454.576 1.480.579 1.485.397 1.491.308 1.500.031 1.513.239 1.517.174 1.505.857
SSD 512 B 1 KB 2 KB 4 KB 8 KB 16 KB 32 KB 64 KB 128 KB 256 KB 512 KB 1 MB 2 MB 4 MB 8 MB 12 MB 16 MB 24 MB 32 MB 48 MB 64 MB
wdt_ID SSD 512 B 1 KB 2 KB 4 KB 8 KB 16 KB 32 KB 64 KB 128 KB 256 KB 512 KB 1 MB 2 MB 4 MB 8 MB 12 MB 16 MB 24 MB 32 MB 48 MB 64 MB
5 Adata SD600Q 9.576 16.811 32.095 44.720 81.920 159.843 197.874 271.073 336.082 382.691 410.401 416.928 421.114 421.962 423.239 424.238 424.309 424.954 425.116 425.294 427.147
10 Adata SC685 4.484 9.170 18.481 36.772 65.775 91.910 151.114 231.303 302.706 332.529 379.918 423.667 446.202 461.824 473.014 474.943 476.160 479.645 481.498 481.532 485.856
11 Orico GV100 11.392 22.216 42.794 78.610 136.944 209.518 296.023 372.587 475.205 603.979 678.802 725.501 723.723 729.083 732.096 730.231 732.096 733.750 735.439 733.308 735.439
12 Orico CN300 10.189 21.142 41.265 76.773 136.265 215.022 309.841 393.216 462.409 509.807 532.874 532.874 539.267 544.125 534.495 529.806 545.354 534.925 546.588 530.974 533.315
13 HP P700 8.003 14.664 27.950 42.794 81.039 161.276 206.931 293.857 421.715 546.400 653.127 752.622 809.666 830.871 857.410 865.075 865.920 867.159 870.239 866.956 868.074
14 Teamgroup PD1000 (10 Gbps) 13.151 26.491 53.115 111.885 241.081 429.179 628.555 902.925 953.227 975.786 991.756 989.319 989.319 991.756 994.205 993.384 994.205 993.387 994.205 994.790 994.205
15 SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2 1.568 8.720 17.920 38.718 79.847 148.011 190.608 282.699 396.128 603.979 718.440 664.444 842.913 863.777 882.182 884.204 873.975 873.473 863.777 875.333 896.920
16 ADATA SE770G 22.288 42.496 81.039 159.419 246.581 458.850 671.088 926.371 972.292 1.002.553 1.015.358 1.015.358 1.017.764 1.015.358 1.015.358 1.015.247 1.015.358 1.015.247 1.015.358 1.016.312 1.015.358
17 Kingston XS2000 2 TB 6.209 12.512 25.221 48.425 90.329 160.482 302.587 549.136 557.104 961.779 1.012.963 1.129.555 1.315.860 1.436.880 1.491.308 1.518.735 1.524.448 1.549.137 1.552.397 1.558.178 1.559.915
18 Corsair EX100U 2 TB 3.270 6.477 12.924 26.557 38.526 73.643 124.452 195.358 332.309 482.250 709.805 736.356 821.096 1.096.971 1.147.705 1.176.502 1.214.350 1.258.291 1.259.326 1.283.457 1.284.380
SSD 512 B 1 KB 2 KB 4 KB 8 KB 16 KB 32 KB 64 KB 128 KB 256 KB 512 KB 1 MB 2 MB 4 MB 8 MB 12 MB 16 MB 24 MB 32 MB 48 MB 64 MB
wdt_ID SSD Minimum (in MB/s) Maximum (in MB/s) Average (in MB/s)
1 Adata SD600Q 274,30 293,20 279,20
7 Adata SC685 194,30 240,60 216,90
8 Orico GV100 330,60 342,50 341,00
9 Orico CN300 352,50 375,70 370,60
10 HP P700 290,30 335,80 303,70
11 Teamgroup PD1000 (10 Gbps) 368,80 372,60 371,70
12 SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2 190,00 305,70 271,30
13 ADATA SE770G 400,50 437,10 419,90
14 Kingston XS2000 2 TB 589,50 601,80 597,70
15 Corsair EX100U 2 TB 218,60 581,30 563,10
SSD Minimum (in MB/s) Maximum (in MB/s) Average (in MB/s)
wdt_ID SSD AS SSD (schreiben) HD Tune Pro
1 Adata SD600Q 1,465 0,073
7 Adata SC685 1,806 0,181
8 Orico GV100 0,117 0,063
9 Orico CN300 0,662 0,059
10 HP P700 0,055 0,085
11 Teamgroup PD1000 (10 Gbps) 0,108 0,072
12 SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2 0,098 0,083
14 ADATA SE770G 0,122 0,074
15 Kingston XS2000 2 TB 0,134 0,079
16 Corsair EX100U 2 TB 0,057 0,125
SSD AS SSD (schreiben) HD Tune Pro

In other synthetic tests, the picture again looks quite different: In the HD Tune, the CN300 did very well, and in the access times as well as in the AS-SSD copy benchmark, it is enough for a placement in the middle. The performance is also good in practical use, when copying data: The SSD was able to transfer four gigabytes of music in around seven seconds.

Conclusion

With the PSSD CN300, Orico offers an external storage medium that scores very well in many performance areas, but falls behind in some. The latter is especially true for the performance rates in random read and write, but these are probably secondary for an external storage medium in many cases. The sequential performance rates are more important for copying processes, and the CN300 doesn’t reach SATA highs here, but it can at least fully utilize the built-in interface in reading, sometimes.

Whether the CN300 is really recommendable with this is probably primarily due to the price; because this varies greatly. If you combine a cheap 1 TB SATA SSD with an external case, you will currently end up with about 120 Euros. If you can find the CN300 for this, or better yet a lower price, it is worth considering. Currently it is available for Price not available *.

Orico PSSD CN300

Access times
Transfer rate (read)
Transfer rate (write)
Value for money

73/100

The SSD is quite fast in access times and in the sequential benchmark, but it struggles with random data blocks.

Orico PSSD CN300
This product is currently unavailable.

Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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