PNY XLR8 CS3030 M.2 SSD

The PNY XLR8 CS3030 M.2 NVMe SSD is an excellent choice for an NVMe upgrade from a SATA based solid state drive (SSD) in an existing NVMe enabled PC or MAC desktop or laptop computer. The CS3030 drive is designed to be a high performance SATA SSD replacement to help realize faster boot times, quicker application launches, and better overall system performance. Do more in less time with NVMe; boot up, power down, and load applications up to 6 times faster than with SATA based SSD’s. With no moving parts, the PNY XLR8 CS3030 M.2 NVMe SSD is highly durable, less likely to fail, and supports a 5 year warranty.

CAPACITY250GB500GB1TB2TB4TB
MSRP$59.99$89.99$159.99$319.99$799.99
Read Speed 3500MB/s 3500MB/s 3500MB/s 3500MB/s 3500MB/s
Write Speed1050MB/s 3000MB/s 2000MB/s 3000MB/s 3000MB/s
Endurance380TBW800TBW1665TBW3115TBW
MODELM280CS3030-250-RBM280CS3030-500-RBM280CS3030-1TB-RBM280CS3030-2TB-RBM280CS3030-4TB-RB

The XLR8 CS3030 is a Phison PS5012-E12 drive with DRAM and Toshiba 64L BiCS FLASH. The PCIe 3.0 speed is typical for most M.2 SSD at present.

Some Amazon comments over warranty are not known to the studio. PNY expects the defective device to be sent in and they quickly replace it. More recently PNY has slashed the TBW ratings for the series. This suggests the OEM manufacturer was not as good of quality as others.