Kioxia Exceria Pro | Review – SSD for a 4th generation PC
Kioxia is a fairly well-known brand in the SSD world , in particular for its fast and performing solutions . Now, the brand is launching a real novelty in the field of NVMe SSDs: we are talking about Kioxia Exceria Pro , a PCI-Express 4.0 solution.
We have an SSD based on the Phison E18 controller, with high speeds and interesting cuts. The product is, in fact, available in the 1TB and 2TB version (find the first on Amazon at a price of about € 200 and the second for just under € 400). Reliability and customer care are key points for Kioxia offering a five year warranty on Exceria Pro. 7300 MB / s read and 6400 MB / s maximum sequential write are promised, how much will that be true?
Let’s find out together in our review.
Small, but powerful
Let’s open the dances of our review of Kioxia Exceria Pro with the analysis of its specifications. On paper, the SSD promises sequential read and write values of 7300 and 6400 MB / s . Also, the maximum random read and write speed is 800000 and 1300000 IOPs. We find a TBW (Total Bytes written) or the total of bytes written is 400 TB for the 1 TB model and 800 TB for the 2TB one.
We find an M.2 2280 form factor , therefore a length of 80 mm and a width of 22 mm, and a PCIe Gen 4 interface . The version we tested is the 2 TB version , which is the maximum storage space offered. There is no smaller version than 1 TB as the product is intended for a “professional” audience, yet a 4 TB version is missing .
On the PCB we find the controller , four flash chips and a DRAM cache chip, while the opposite side is empty. As mentioned at the beginning of our review, the Kioxia Exceria Pro uses a Phision PS5018-E18 controller .
For those wishing to have very technical details, we are talking about a solution produced on the 12 nanometer node and uses five Arm Cortex R5 CPU cores . The E18 supports NVMe 1.4, TLC, DDR4 memory and 32 dies . The four flash chips are 112-layer 3D TCL NAND , with a capacity of 2TB each. Additionally, we have a Hynix DDR4-3200 chip which provides 2GB of fast DRAM memory.
Always under control
Kioxia Exceria Pro comes with a management software that allows us to monitor the status of our product and always have an idea of its operation. Let’s talk about SSD Utility , a program that is simple to use and full of information .
Downloading it is really simple: just access the official product page and start the download. Once downloaded and started, we will have a nice initial dashboard that shows us in real time the status of the system, the health of the SSD, the capacity and the interface. There are also functions related to improving performance and stability, as well as updating the firmware.
There is also the possibility to test the SSD through the Tuner page. In short, a complete, simple software that allows you to always have all the most important information about our product at hand.
On paper, the Kioxia Exceria Pro SSD is a great product , with excellent features and great promise; but how did he behave during our review? To give you a precise idea of what its performance is, we tested it in different situations and compared it with other similar products. Without going too far, here are the details of our tests.
We made use of the following programs:
Anvil’s Storage Utilities
We also compared the results with three other competitors: a 2TB Kioxia Exceria Plus SSD, a 480GB Kingston M2 SSD (SA1000M8480G) and a 1TB Intel M2 SSD (SSDPEKNW010T8) . To give you a more complete comparison, we also competed a simple SATA SSD, the IRDM PRO .
Anvil’s Storage Utilities
We started the dance with Anvil’s Storage Utilities software : it is a complete program capable of analyzing any storage unit.
The Kioxia Exceria Pro SSD achieved a score of 23,398.92 , compared to the Kioxia Exceria Plus ‘s 16,084.43 , the Kingston SA1000M8480G ‘s 5,913.53 and Intel’s 9,989.41. The SATA SSD, on the other hand, got a score of 5,468.33.
We continued our analysis by testing sequential and random write and read performance through the popular AS SSD Benchmark . In this case, we are talking about a software that allows you to monitor the performance of SSDs, allowing you to perform three practical tests and five synthetic tests.
Specifically, the Kioxia Exceria Pro achieved 5684.45 MS / s in sequential reads and 5343.38 in writes . The final score was 8185 . The Kioxia Exceria Plus achieved 2839.17 MB / s in reading and 2678.50 MB / s in writing, for a score of 6883. With the Kingston we saw a score of 1968, while the SSD GOODRAM IRDM PRO achieved a final score of 1278.
We switched to ATTO benchmark , through which we were able to put our Kioxia Exceria Pro under stress. It is a program that is able to measure the performance of storage systems using different dimensions for writing and reading tests.
Finally, we tested the product with CrystalDiskMark , a program that monitors the sequential and random performance of a disk. Again, the performance of the Kioxia Exceria Pro was excellent and allowed us to see its power.
In particular, the tested SSD achieved 7355.65 in reading and 6416.4 in writing .