REVIEW: PNY XLR8 CS3030 an NVMe disk with excellent performance

PNY XLR8 CS3030 is the SSD M.2 NVMe disk that we present today in its review or analysis, specifically the model we analyze has a length of 2280 and 500 GB of capacity but also has several models up to 2TB. This is an NVMe disc from a prestigious brand that mounts Toshiba 64L TLC memory and we will see in our tests how it works. Without further ado let’s see how this new M.2 NVMe SSD works in our Review.

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Model PNY XLR8 CS3030
Basic Specs Format: NVMe M.2 2280
Interface: NVMe 1.3 (PCIe 3×4)
Speed: 3500MB/s read – 2000MB/s write
Capacity: 250/500GB – 1/2TB (500GB in review)
Storage type: Toshiba 64L TLC
Controller: Phison E12
Working life: 800 TBW (Terabit write)
Warranty: 5 years


The SSD M.2 NVMe PNY XLR8 CS3030 disk comes in a box that has an internal plastic protection to avoid shocks in transport, a fixing screw is not included as an accessory. If we look at the motherboard we found the Phison E12 controller that has a thermal efficiency and excellent performance. As storage we have Toshiba 64L TLC a memory of first quality that gives us a useful life of 800 TBW, an excellent figure if we count that a Samsung 970 EVO has only 300 TBW.



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With this classic test in the PNY XLR8 CS3030 where we can see that it greatly exceeds a M.2 SATA Samsung 850 EVO 500GB disk. At the level of sequential reading and writing, it has correct results for this format, where these units stand out, without a doubt, in the sequential reading and writing that leaves the SATA units far away.

Anvil’s Storage Utilities

We passed this test in the PNY XLR8 CS3030 and compared the results with the popular Samsung 850 EVO 250GB model. As we see the results are maintained and we have an NVMe SSD with excellent performance.

AS SSD M.2 Benchmark

On the PNY XLR8 CS3030 we passed the AS SSD M.2 Benchmark test and compared it with the results of a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB disk. In this test, the performance of this SSD M.2 NVMe disk has correct reading results and where it remains in the most conservative position is in the 4K aspect.

Thermal performance

The NVMe disks with their high speeds have high temperatures but the SSD PNY XLR8 CS3030 is quite cool and will only get very hot if we have it encased in a recondite area of the board. NVMe disks usually have slots on the motherboard with very little ventilation, we recommend using a PCIe adapter card to NVME and a heatsink attached to the unit, the temperature can easily drop in this way from 10 to 20ºC.

  • Temperatures without heatsink and in the motherboard: 52ºC idle / 63ºC in intense work
  • Temperatures with PCIe slot heatsink: 42ºC idle / 54ºC in intense work
  • We can buy heatsinks and PCIe cards in stores like and from only $5



In the comparison you can as the PNY XLR8 CS3030 defends with several models of SSD M.2 SATA and NVMe that we can find in the current market. The values are very good, it is close to its direct rival Samsung 970 EVO and easily passes the Crucial P1. But it stands out because it offers 800 TBW and more controlled temperatures for what we have seen.

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  • Read/Write SEQ
    These data refer to the processes we do when copying a specific file continuously, for example when copying or writing a large file such as movies or ISO discs. This value defines the continuous transfer rate, which is important for storage units.
  • Read/Write 4K
    This data refers to the random accesses that the disk makes to files of size 4K. This data is significant because it defines for example how the OS can read system files or accessing small files, an important information to feel the system more fast.



After passing all the tests to the SSD M.2 NVMe PNY XLR8 CS3030, we can say that this is a product with excellent specifications and performance. An SSD that does not reach the peak speeds of its rival Samsung but that does offer us a very controlled thermals and a useful life of 800 TBW that are reflected in its 5 year warranty.

Undoubtedly a product with a good price and excellent performance, a product for the most demanding in speed but that we might not recommend to users of very compact laptops or PCs due to the heat generated by these units, it is better to stay in a M.2 SATA unit conventional. You can compare this disk with other models of cheap M.2 SSD drives on and in Chinese stores. You can compare this disk with other models of cheap SSD M.2 discs at or

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