PNY XLR8 CS3030 500Gb SSD technical specifications

Posted on November 07, 2022 by Raymond Chen

What memory type installed in XLR8 CS3030 (500Gb) produced by PNY and another details watch on this site.

PNY XLR8 CS3030 500Gb SSD technical specifications

XLR8 CS3030 (500Gb) produced by PNY is powered by Phison PS5012-E12. The NVMe SSD storing a data location map on Dynamic-Random Access Memory LPDDR3 or LPDDR4 to launch a programs without delays. The XLR8 CS3030 comes equipped with Toshiba TLC memory. PNY XLR8 CS3030 besides, available in 3 capacities, including 2 Tb, 1 Tb and 250 Gb volume sizes.

Performance and benchmarks

PNY XLR8 CS3030 works on PCIe M.2 3.0 x 4 expansion standard with sequential write speeds equals to 3000 Mbps, and read speeds 3500 Mbps. This model has IOPS 300000 on reading and 0 on writing operations.

Endurance and warranty

PNY provide 5 years warranty limited by 286 Total Bytes Written. The XLR8 CS3030 has 2 million hours MTBF.


Category Value
Capacity 500 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) 286
MTBF (million hours) 2
Warranty (years) 5


XLR8 CS3030 (500Gb) produced by PNY support PCIe 3.0 that is twice slower than PCIe 4.0. The maximum write speed is 3000 Mbps, that is average value for this expansion standard. The PNY XLR8 CS3030 can write 286 TBW, that is not much against rivals. On balance, PNY XLR8 CS3030 500Gb has more minuses and our editor do not advise to spend money for it.

+ Pros

  • Good writing speed

- Cons

  • PCIe 3.0
  • Capacity
  • Writing speed

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The PNY XLR8 CS3030 has LPDDR3 or LPDDR4. DRAM in their controller help to increase I/O performance and endurance.

The XLR8 CS3030 500Gb due to the low density of memory chips may run with no extra heat sinks. Some laptops or motherboards already has additional cooling below or above the SSD for better performance during high loads.

The PNY XLR8 CS3030 has write speed 3000 Mbps, maximum read speed 3500 Mb per second. It works on Phison PS5012-E12 controller and M.2 3.0 x 4 high-speed serial computer expansion bus standard. The NAND memory type is Toshiba TLC.
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