REPORT SUMMARY AND FINAL THOUGHTS
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.
When we examine the overall performance, 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. 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.
The only hit the Toshiba’s XG3 M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD has against it is that it is not available to the consumer at this time, meaning many will buy this SSD through less than reliable means and forego any type of warranty. This, of course would be totally dependent on the release of the OCZ RevoDrive 400, which will no doubt end up being the consumer version of the XG3….and has no release date as of yet. Even considering this, we would be remiss to not afford the Toshiba XG3 1TB NVMe SSD with our Editor’s Choice Award. It is just that good!