PNY XLR8 CS3030 2Tb NVMe SSD specifications

Posted on November 07, 2022 by Raymond Chen

PNY's XLR8 CS3030 NVMe SSD use PCIe M.2 3.0 x 4 interface. Read below about this NVMe SSD on our page.

PNY XLR8 CS3030 2Tb NVMe SSD specifications

PNY's 2Tb XLR8 CS3030 NVMe is powered by Phison PS5012-E12 controller. The NVMe SSD write a data location map on Dynamic-Random Access Memory LPDDR3 or LPDDR4 to run a games faster. The XLR8 CS3030 comes equipped with Toshiba TLC flash memory. This NVMe also available in 3 capacities, including 500 Gb, 1 Tb and 250 Gb volume sizes.

Performance and benchmarks

Storage use PCIe M.2 3.0 x 4 interface with sequential read speeds 3500 Mbps, and maximum write speeds 3000 MB/s. This model has IOPS 0 on writing and 300000 on reading operations per second.

Endurance and warranty

Manufacturer give 5 years warranty that limited by endurance 97 Total Bytes Written. As well it has 2 million hours MTBF.


Category Value
Capacity 2 Tb
Interface M.2 3.0 x 4
Controller Phison PS5012-E12
Memory type Toshiba TLC
Read speed (Mb/s) 3500
Write speed (Mb/s) 3000
Read IOPS 300000
Write IOPS 0
Endurance (TBW) 97
MTBF (million hours) 2
Warranty (years) 5


XLR8 CS3030 (2Tb) produced by PNY support PCIe 3.0 that is twice slower than PCIe Gen4. The write speed is 3000 Mb/s, that is okay for this computer expansion bus standard. The drive can write 97 TBW, that is bad compared to closest rivals. Weighing all these factors, PNY XLR8 CS3030 2Tb is a well-rounded drive.

+ Pros

  • Good writing speed
  • Capacity

- Cons

  • PCIe 3.0
  • Writing speed

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Video Review

PNY XLR8 CS3030 review: An incredibly fast M.2 NVMe drive | TotallydubbedHD


The PNY XLR8 CS3030 has LPDDR3 or LPDDR4. Dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) makes drive faster, but more expensive.

The PNY XLR8 CS3030 2Tb due to the high density of memory chips you need to install of additional heat sink. This will reduce temperature of the controller and memory. Some motherboards from the factory has thermal pads below and above the storage to improve productivity during times of high loads.

The PNY XLR8 CS3030 2Tb has sequential write speed 3000 Mbps, sequential read speed 3500 Mb per second. Storage works on Phison PS5012-E12 controller and M.2 3.0 x 4 interface standard. The NAND flash memory type is Toshiba TLC.
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