Kioxia Exceria Pro 2 TB M.2 NVMe SSD Review 4

Kioxia Exceria Pro 2 TB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

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Introduction

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The Kioxia brand was established around 2018/2019, after Toshiba sold its SSD and memory branch "Toshiba Memory." The company now produces flash memory for its own products, but also WD and SanDisk. Part of the original Toshiba SSD business was formed in 2014, when Toshiba bought the famous OCZ brand. Recently, Kioxia also acquired the SSD maker Lite-On. Unfortunately, Kioxia SSD products are not available in the United States.



Kioxia has always been an interesting SSD vendor. Recently, they impressed us with the highly cost-effective Exceria SSD, but they've lacked a high-end PCI-Express 4.0 offering. With the Kioxia Exceria Pro this finally changes. Kioxia's newest SSD is based on the famous Phison E18 controller we're seeing on the vast majority of today's high-end PCI-Express 4.0 SSDs. While most of these drives use either 96-layer or 176-layer TLC flash from Micron, Kioxia is using their own 112-layer BiCS5 TLC NAND flash. It will be interesting to see how the different flash performs. Also included is 2 GB of DRAM cache for those random writes.

The Kioxia Exceria Pro comes in capacities of 1 TB (€149 including VAT) and 2 TB (€299 including VAT). We converted the €299 price tag to $280 (without tax) for the comparisons in this review. Endurance for these models is set to 400 TBW and 800 TBW respectively. Kioxia includes a five-year warranty with the Exceria Pro.

Specifications: Kioxia Exceria Pro 2 TB SSD
Brand:Kioxia / Toshiba
Model:LSE10Z002TG8
Capacity:2000 GB (1863 GB usable)
48 GB additional overprovisioning
Controller: Toshiba TC58NC1210GSE-00-BB
Rebranded Phison E18
Flash:Toshiba 112-Layer 3D TLC BiCS5
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DRAM:2 GB SKHynix DDR4-3200
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Endurance:800 TBW
Form Factor:M.2 2280
Interface:PCIe Gen 4 x4, NVMe 1.3
Device ID:KIOXIA-EXCERIA PRO SSD
Firmware:EIFA10.1
Warranty:5 years
Price at Time
of Review:
$280 / $140 per TB
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