October 27, 2020

PNY XLR8 CS3030 NVMe SSD review: Cheap and exceptionally fast for everyday chores

The PNY XLR8 CS3030 NVMe SSD shows how the market has split into two camps. One is bargain drives such as this one: It can handle everyday performance capably, but it slows down on long sustained writes. Then there are pricier drives that can handle...

The PNY XLR8 CS3030 NVMe SSD shows how the market has split into two camps. One is bargain drives such as this one: It can handle everyday performance capably, but it slows down on long sustained writes. Then there are pricier drives that can handle long writes without the slowdown.

Most users will be just fine with the XLR8 CS3030, or any bargain drive for that matter, and quite likely will never encounter a slowdown. If you don’t regularly write large amounts of data, read on—the CS3030 posted some very nice numbers with smaller data sets, and is less expensive than the competition. It also features spectacular endurance ratings for a bargain drive.

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