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Toshiba XG3 MLC M.2 NVMe Receives The SSD Review Editor's Choice Award

Toshiba XG3 MLC M.2 NVMe Receives The SSD Review Editor's Choice Award
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Synopsis: Les Tokar reviews a 1TB Toshiba XG3 M.2 NVMe SSD and discusses just how this “rocket ship” drive may very well be the most powerful SSD on the market.

In his review of the 1TB capacity Toshiba XG3 M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD, Les Tokar from The SSD Review began by noting that although it isn’t available through consumer sales, “The Toshiba XG3 SSD is a M.2 NVMe drive which just may be the most powerful SSD on the market.”

Tokar went on to compare the “Rocket Ship” NVMe with the Samsung 950 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD, and states that, “...although both rely on the PCIe Gen 3 interface, the notebook version uses only 2 PCIe lanes while the M.2 uses four, allowing for better transfer speeds.” Les discusses how the M.2 boosts previous product speeds to 2400MB/s read and 1500MB/s write. It is also noted that both products are rated at a 5-year lifespan.

The Review

Throughout his evaluation, Tokar compared the XG3 to the Samsung 950 Pro, it's closest competitor. The results by The SSD Review? “If we stick to our ‘XG3 vs 950 Pro’ scenario, we can see that the XG3 prevailed taking 2 of the 4 tests and matching the Samsung for a third. In comparing the best with the worst, we can see that transfer speed performance is up to six times better with the Toshiba XG3 M.2 NVMe SSD.”

Tokar notes that “It is worth mentioning that, unlike the Samsung 950 Pro NVMe SSD, the XG3 does not require any special drivers and works perfectly with Win 10 integrated NVMe drivers. The Toshiba XG3 M.2 SSD is a 2280 (80mm) form factor, and contains a proprietary Toshiba NVMe 4 lane controller.

In a test of latency, or access time, “the Toshiba XG3 M.2 1TB SSD gained top marks in both in Average and Total Latency results. Low latency is exactly the target Toshiba was trying to hit with the XG3.” The site also ran a PCMark Vantage test to examine how the SSD will perform when used in the typical user experience. Within this test, “the Toshiba 1TB XG3 M.2 NVMe SSD achieved an excellent Total Score of 231552, again bettering the Samsung 950 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD. All tests resulted in very high transfer speeds with 6 of the 8 tests achieving over 1GB/s. This performance was confirmed in both synthetic and real life data transfer testing, followed by some grueling tests in PCMark 8 where the XG3’s low latency became very apparent.”

Final Thoughts

The SSD Review Editor's Choice Award

When examining the overall performance of the Toshiba XG3 SSD, Tokar noted, “it is obvious right off that Toshiba undercut their specifications, minimally albeit, but gaining results of 2.7GB/s read and 1.6GB/s write was eye-opening. These were paralleled by 214K IOPS read and 170K IOPS write which might not achieve top marks in itself, but the fact that both read and write IOPS were equally strong is rare.”

The review by Les Tokar continues on to say that, “it goes without saying that Samsung is rather fortunate that Toshiba hasn’t pushed the XG3 family as a consumer SSD; the Toshiba XG3 M.2 1TB NVMe SSD is a “rocket ship” storage device. We actually never started testing with any sort of comparison in mind, or even a thought that the XG3 might stand beside the 950 Pro, much less prove to be the victor. In the end, it is clearly the top dog on the block...we would be remiss to not afford the Toshiba XG3 1TB NVMe SSD with our Editor’s Choice Award. It is just that good!”


Read the Full Review

Click here to read the full review on TheSSDReview.com. (Link opens in a new window)


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