PNY XLR8 CS3030 250Gb SSD tech specifications

Posted on November 07, 2022 by Raymond Chen

PNY's XLR8 CS3030 NVMe SSD use PCIe M.2 3.0 x 4 bus. Read below about this NVMe SSD here.

PNY XLR8 CS3030 250Gb SSD tech specifications

PNY's 250Gb XLR8 CS3030 works on Phison PS5012-E12. The drive 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 memory. This drive besides, available in three capacities: 1 Tb, 500 Gb and 2 Tb volume sizes.

Performance and benchmarks

Storage works on PCIe M.2 3.0 x 4 with sequential read speeds 3500 Mbps, and sequential write speeds 3000 Mbps. It also has IOPS 300000 on reading and 0 on writing operations.

Endurance and warranty

Manufacturer give 5 years warranty period limited by endurance 380 TBW. The XLR8 CS3030 has 2 million hours MTBF.


Category Value
Capacity 250 Gb
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) 380
MTBF (million hours) 2
Warranty (years) 5


XLR8 CS3030 (250Gb) produced by PNY support PCIe 3.0 that is undoubtedly slower than PCIe 4.0. The maximum write speed is 3000 Mb/s, that is common for this expansion standard. The drive can write 380 TBW, that is pretty good in comparison with closest rivals. Overall, PNY XLR8 CS3030 250Gb is a well-balanced NVMe SSD.

+ Pros

  • Good writing speed
  • Endurance

- Cons

  • PCIe 3.0
  • Capacity

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The PNY XLR8 CS3030 has LPDDR3 or LPDDR4. Dynamic Random-Access Memory in their controller help to increase I/O performance and endurance.

The PNY XLR8 CS3030 250Gb due to the low density of memory chips can function with no extra cooling systems. Some motherboards or laptops already has thermal pads below or above the SSD for improving performance during high loads.

The PNY XLR8 CS3030 250Gb has sequential write speed 3000 Mbps, read speed 3500 Mb/s. NVMe run on Phison PS5012-E12 controller and M.2 3.0 x 4 high-speed serial computer expansion bus standard. The memory type is Toshiba TLC.
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