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Kioxia Exceria Plus 2TB NVMe SSD Review

Rating: 8.0.

The enthusiast/gamer class Exceria Plus SSD range from Kioxia is the rebranded Toshiba RD500 family, but with a new flagship 2TB model – a capacity unavailable under the previous RD500 guise. Priced around the £400 mark, we put this drive through its paces to see if it is worth buying.

The Exceria Plus drive is built around an 8-channel controller and BiCS4, 96-Layer 3D TLC NAND. The range is made up of three capacities; 500GB, 1TB and the new flagship 2TB drive we are reviewing here.

All three drives have the same Sequential read speed rating of up to 3,400MB/s with write performance differing with capacity so the 500GB drive is rated at up to 2,500MB/s, the 1TB model 2,000MB/s and the 2TB model, 3,200MB/s.

Random 4K performance figures (QD32 T8) for the 2TB model are impressive at up to 680,000 IOPS for reads and up to 620,000 IOPS for writes, with the 1TB model getting the same rating. The entry 500GB model is rated as up to 420,000 IOPS for reads and 570,000 IOPS for writes.

The official TBW endurance rating for the 2TB drive is 800TB and Kioxia back the range with a 5-year warranty.

Physical Specifications:

  • Usable Capacities: 2TB.
  • NAND Components: BiCS4, 96-Layer 3D TLC NAND.
  • NAND Controller:  Toshiba 8-channel (TC58NC1201GST-00-BB).
  • Cache: 2GB DDR4-2666 (SK hynix H5AN8G6NCJ).
  • Interface: PCIe Gen 3 x4, NVMe 1.3c
  • Form Factor: M.2 2280
  • Dimensions: 80.15 x 22.15 x 2.38mm
  • Drive Weight: 10g.

Firmware Version: ECFA10.4.

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