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  • Form Factor: M.2 2280
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 0.9 x 3.1 x 0.2" / 22 x 80 x 4 mm
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bennycast asked this question on 08-25-2021 at 10:36 PM
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08-26-2021 at 07:33 AM
They are almost the same exact NVMe based on the Phison E16 controller. All things considered I would go with Sabrent over PNY XLR8... PNY has been known to price gouge (see RTX cards) and I have never heard anyone say anything good about them (including their warranty process).
caspase8 asked this question on 08-26-2021 at 06:36 AM
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08-26-2021 at 07:39 AM
Samsung spec wise is "lower" because it is PCIe 3.0, but in real world applications almost nothing compares to Samsung NVMe drives (WD Black and HYNIX being the only 2 that are very close) longevity.
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Take 3600 TBW with a big grain of salt when PNY recently slashed the endurance rating of another SSD of theirs by a ridiculous 80% off the initially advertised rating. You could buy this then potentially watch them update their website the next day with a huge spec downgrade.

PNY has quietly reduced the endurance rating (TBW - TeraBytes Written) for its XLR8 CS3030 M.2 NVMe SSD by almost 80%. The "quietly" comes from the fact that the company only deemed it necessary to update the product specifications on their website, and didn't announce any such changes via press release or any other means. Hence, prospective buyers who might look to launch reviews of this NVMe SSD so as to make a decision regarding its purchase may be led astray by the (then) quoted TBW ratings, which are actually no longer relevant for samples of this SSD - at the very least for any model manufactured post-specifications change on their website.

There are no other changes to specifications - neither in capacity, nor in Read/Write speeds. However, endurance has taken an almost 80% dive in the worst case scenarios - those of the 2 TB and 500 GB capacities, which saw reductions from their respective 3,115 TBW and 800 TBW down to 660 TBW and 170 TBW - or 78.8% 1 TB capacity takes a 78.4% dive in endurance (1665 TBW down to 360 TBW) and the 250 GB model is the least affected one, whilst still losing out 55.3% of its rated endurance (380 TBW down to 170 TBW).
Great deal. Not the fastest one out there, but as an avid PC gamer, I know the use case for a 7000+ mbps NVMe, and I'd just rather save the money when it comes to PS5.

If anyone cares, here [amazon.com] is a link for a compatible Heat Sink on Amazon that works with PS5 for most NVMe drives that fit in the PS5. I have one, works great. Just snagged this drive, so now my son can stop reinstalling Call of DoodieOnYourStorage and then delete/reinstall, to play other games.

You can probably find a better deal on a heat sink out there, but the one I linked has some great reviews AND performance(specifically -temperature) benchmarks on the subreddit that breaks down a lot of the drives by speeds, temperature, ease of installation, etc.

For anyone wondering about these drives and temperature: yes it's a problem over prolonged gaming sessions the performance can degrade markedly, and it shortens the lifespan of the drive.

Thanks OP!

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Wow! Looks like this would be within the PS5 specs! (should have read your entire post, lol)


https://www.playstation.com/en-us...2-ssd/#min
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This is also the same price at B&H [bhphotovideo.com]. Can combine with the $75 off $375 PayPal offer if you have it available.
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That 2TB is definitely tempting though I'm curious about how much heat it puts out without a heatsink.
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That 2TB is definitely tempting though I'm curious about how much heat it puts out without a heatsink.
Review says it could be double-sided, so the side beneath the pcb "might" be an issue.

But this is still a tempting deal. The TBW enduring is incredible at this price range. According to official specs, MP600 Core 2TB at ~$250 has 400TBW. This cs3040 has 3600TBW.
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Ok, I'm in on a 1TB drive, and an MHQJRH low-profile heatsink.
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Great deal. Not the fastest one out there, but as an avid PC gamer, I know the use case for a 7000+ mbps NVMe, and I'd just rather save the money when it comes to PS5.

If anyone cares, here [amazon.com] is a link for a compatible Heat Sink on Amazon that works with PS5 for most NVMe drives that fit in the PS5. I have one, works great. Just snagged this drive, so now my son can stop reinstalling Call of DoodieOnYourStorage and then delete/reinstall, to play other games.

You can probably find a better deal on a heat sink out there, but the one I linked has some great reviews AND performance(specifically -temperature) benchmarks on the subreddit that breaks down a lot of the drives by speeds, temperature, ease of installation, etc.

For anyone wondering about these drives and temperature: yes it's a problem over prolonged gaming sessions the performance can degrade markedly, and it shortens the lifespan of the drive.

Thanks OP!
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Don't buy PNY [techpowerup.com]. It's not this model that is affected but for doing shady stuff, it could very well be the next one.
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But this is still a tempting deal. The TBW enduring is incredible at this price range. According to official specs, MP600 Core 2TB at ~$250 has 400TBW. This cs3040 has 3600TBW.
I thought 3600 TBW had to be a typo but I looked it up and it's accurate for the 2TB [pny.com]. That's honestly impressive, my 970 EVO Plus 2TB is only 1200 and my 4TB XPG is 2580.
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The TBW enduring is incredible at this price range. According to official specs, MP600 Core 2TB at ~$250 has 400TBW. This cs3040 has 3600TBW.
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I thought 3600 TBW had to be a typo but I looked it up and it's accurate for the 2TB [pny.com].
Take 3600 TBW with a big grain of salt when PNY recently slashed the endurance rating of another SSD of theirs by a ridiculous 80% off the initially advertised rating. You could buy this then potentially watch them update their website the next day with a huge spec downgrade.

PNY has quietly reduced the endurance rating (TBW - TeraBytes Written) for its XLR8 CS3030 M.2 NVMe SSD by almost 80%. The "quietly" comes from the fact that the company only deemed it necessary to update the product specifications on their website, and didn't announce any such changes via press release or any other means. Hence, prospective buyers who might look to launch reviews of this NVMe SSD so as to make a decision regarding its purchase may be led astray by the (then) quoted TBW ratings, which are actually no longer relevant for samples of this SSD - at the very least for any model manufactured post-specifications change on their website.

There are no other changes to specifications - neither in capacity, nor in Read/Write speeds. However, endurance has taken an almost 80% dive in the worst case scenarios - those of the 2 TB and 500 GB capacities, which saw reductions from their respective 3,115 TBW and 800 TBW down to 660 TBW and 170 TBW - or 78.8% 1 TB capacity takes a 78.4% dive in endurance (1665 TBW down to 360 TBW) and the 250 GB model is the least affected one, whilst still losing out 55.3% of its rated endurance (380 TBW down to 170 TBW).
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Take 3600 TBW with a big grain of salt when PNY recently slashed the endurance rating of another SSD of theirs by a ridiculous 80% off the initially advertised rating. You could buy this then potentially watch them update their website the next day with a huge spec downgrade.
Hmm... it was honestly hard to find actual TBW data on their site, and 3600 TBW does seem somewhat... aspirational for a 2TB. It seems they will (in theory) honor the warranty that was in effect at the time of purchase... though its probably a good idea to save the .pdf as I doubt they'd volunteer that information.

Maybe I will skip this one and stick with my XPG. At least ADATA doesn't screw with TBW.
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Hmm... it was honestly hard to find actual TBW data on their site, and 3600 TBW does seem somewhat... aspirational for a 2TB. It seems they will (in theory) honor the warranty that was in effect at the time of purchase... though its probably a good idea to save the .pdf as I doubt they'd volunteer that information.

Maybe I will skip this one and stick with my XPG. At least ADATA doesn't screw with TBW.
Interesting too that the 4TB drive is rated so much lower.

500GB 850
1TB 1,800
2TB 3,600
4TB 900
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Interesting too that the 4TB drive is rated so much lower.

500GB 850
1TB 1,800
2TB 3,600
4TB 900
Actually its most likely a typo because the CS3030 2TB is rated at 600TBW and the 4TB is rated at 6070 TBW which is probably supposed to pertain to the 3040 given the progression

CS3030 1TB 360
CS3030 2TB 660
CS3030 4TB 6,070 (900)

CS3040 1TB 1,800
CS3040 2TB 3,600
CS3040 4TB 900 (6070)

...which I suppose gives them more reason to avoid honoring warranties.
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Take 3600 TBW with a big grain of salt when PNY recently slashed the endurance rating of another SSD of theirs by a ridiculous 80% off the initially advertised rating. You could buy this then potentially watch them update their website the next day with a huge spec downgrade.

PNY has quietly reduced the endurance rating (TBW - TeraBytes Written) for its XLR8 CS3030 M.2 NVMe SSD by almost 80%. The "quietly" comes from the fact that the company only deemed it necessary to update the product specifications on their website, and didn't announce any such changes via press release or any other means. Hence, prospective buyers who might look to launch reviews of this NVMe SSD so as to make a decision regarding its purchase may be led astray by the (then) quoted TBW ratings, which are actually no longer relevant for samples of this SSD - at the very least for any model manufactured post-specifications change on their website.

There are no other changes to specifications - neither in capacity, nor in Read/Write speeds. However, endurance has taken an almost 80% dive in the worst case scenarios - those of the 2 TB and 500 GB capacities, which saw reductions from their respective 3,115 TBW and 800 TBW down to 660 TBW and 170 TBW - or 78.8% 1 TB capacity takes a 78.4% dive in endurance (1665 TBW down to 360 TBW) and the 250 GB model is the least affected one, whilst still losing out 55.3% of its rated endurance (380 TBW down to 170 TBW).
Thanks for the info!!

It reminds me of Firecuda 530 which also has incredibly high TBW (2tb has 2550TBW) while other equally expensive ones like SN850 only got 1200TBW.
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