Toshiba XG3 M.2 NVMe SSD Review (1TB) – Rocket Ship NVMe SSD

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.

Toshiba XG3 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD With Samsung 950 Pro 21

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!

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Benjamin Hojnik
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Benjamin Hojnik

Thats some pretty good stuff from toshiba. And from 2D MLC flash.

I do wonder however what controller is that. Obviously its not made by toshiba. Something from OCZ maybe ? Or phison E7?

Les@TheSSDReview
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There is a bit of investigation about the net that eludes to this being the Phison E-7, however, not enough to confirm or mention such within the article.

Shamoy Rahman
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No, the controller is solely Toshiba’s.

Les@TheSSDReview
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Link? Maybe a bit of validation or reasoning behind your thought?

Les@TheSSDReview
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This is the Fujisan controller that was on display with OCZ as part of their Revo 400 release at Computex last year. We have elaborated on this within the report in controller description and the final para. This link shows what we posted prior.

http://www.thessdreview.com/daily-news/latest-buzz/ocz-prepares-new-revodrive-400-m-2-nvme-ssd-for-retail-release-computex-2015-update/

Benjamin Hojnik
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Benjamin Hojnik

Thats some pretty good stuff from toshiba.

DarthDVD
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DarthDVD

Bring on the 1Tb M.2 NVME Drives!!! (its the only thing stopping me from dropping a lot of moneys (and selling 1/2 a liver) and getting a new Rig.

Greg Zeng
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Greg Zeng

Your claim for Crystal Disk Benchmark is several times higher than mine, on my 2013 Dell XPS-15 notebook computer. The original factory mSATA SSD was replaced a few months ago with a terabyte Samsung 850 EVO.

How comparable are the results of your tests, compared to those of your readers? If I install one of your tested products, how much performance difference should we expect? Several times?

My next upgrade might be to replace to original terabyte spinning HDD with a SSD of one or two terabytes. Perhaps.

DarthDVD
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DarthDVD

The Samsung 850 EVO SSD (mSata) uses the mSata Standard and can not go as fast as the drives in this review.

The Drives in this review are M.2 (PCIE NVME) SSD’s and have access to 4 PCIE lanes which is Considerably much faster than Sata be it on: mSata on mini-pci(e) or M.2

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.2

Shamoy Rahman
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Shamoy Rahman

You should’ve bought an M.2 or PCIE SSD if you wanted pure speed and didn’t care about the cost.

SkOrPn
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SkOrPn

All I will say is you can’t really get away with comparing mSATA or SATA against PCIe storage. Its kinda like comparing PCIe video cards to AGP video cards, or even PCI to PCIe, it just isn’t a fair comparison. The PCIe bus is magnitudes better at moving data than the SATA bus will ever be. Now if you want to put FOUR 850 EVOs into RAID0, then we can talk comparisons because that MIGHT (I stress might, lol) compete with the single PCIe SSD given the usage scenario.

dzezik
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dzezik

The advice to disable cache flush is wrong. You should only mark this option is the SSD has capacitors to protect unflushed data on power loss. So the drive runs faster but Your data is not safe, this is trade off. pease be aware of that. if the performance without this option is low then the controller or firmware is not well designed or… other controllers do not respect host request to flush cache. Do You have any information what is the real issue? Regards

Les@TheSSDReview
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This is not uncommon. It is also much the same regardless of system and, yes is a tradeoff.

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