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Kioxia Exceria Plus G3 2TB SSD Review

Rating: 8.0.

Kioxia's latest addition to their Exceria lineup of PCIe Gen4 SSDs is the Exceria Plus G3, a drive aimed at the mainstream market using a combination of a Phison controller and BiCS NAND. With the 2TB model retailing for barely £100, let's find out if this drive is worth buying.

At launch just two capacities; 1TB and 2TB, make up the Exceria Plus G3 product line. At the heart of the Plus G3 is a Phison PS5021-E21 4-channel DRAM-less controller which is used in combination with Kioxia BiCS TLC NAND although at the time of writing, Kioxia hasn't disclosed which version of BiCS it is using in the drive.

Kioxia rates both drives' Sequential performance as up to 5,000MB/s for reads and up to 3,900MB/s for writes. As for 4K random performance, both drives have the same up to 950,000 IOPS rating for writes while the 2TB drive is rated as up to 680,000 IOPS for reads the 1TB drive is faster at up to 770,000 IOPs.

The TBW endurance for the Exceria Plus G3 drives is quoted as up to 600TB for the 1TB drive and 1.200TB for the flagship 2TB drive and Kioxia backs the range with a 5-year warranty.

Physical Specifications:

  • Usable Capacities: 2TB.
  • NAND Components: Kioxia BiCS TLC NAND.
  • NAND Controller: Phison PS5021-E21.
  • Cache: None.
  • Interface: PCIe Gen 4 x4, NVMe 1.4.
  • Form Factor: M.2 2280.
  • Dimensions: 22.15 x 80.15 x 2.63mm.
  • Drive Weight: 7.4g.

Firmware Version: ELFA01.2

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