Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
7,216 Reviews & Articles | 52,105 News Posts

Toshiba XG3 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | m.2 SSDs in Storage | Posted: Apr 18, 2016 7:55 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Toshiba

Moderate Workload Model

 

We categorize these tests as indicative of a moderate workload environment.

 

PCMark Vantage - Hard Disk Tests

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.2.0.0

 

The reason we like PCMark Vantage is because the recorded traces are played back without system stops. What we see is the raw performance of the drive. This allows us to see a marked difference between scoring that other trace-based benchmarks do not exhibit. An example of a marked difference in scoring on the same drive would be empty vs. filled vs. steady state.

 

We run Vantage three ways. The first run is with the OS drive 75% full to simulate a lightly used OS volume filled with data to an amount we feel is common for most users. The second run is with the OS volume written into a "Steady State" utilizing SNIA's guidelines. Steady state testing simulates a drive's performance similar to that of a drive that been subjected to consumer workloads for extensive amounts of time. The third run is a Vantage HDD test with the test drive attached as an empty, lightly used secondary device.

 

OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used

 

toshiba-xg3-1tb-2-nvme-pcie-ssd-review_21

 

 

OS Volume 75% Full - Steady State

 

toshiba-xg3-1tb-2-nvme-pcie-ssd-review_22

 

Secondary Volume Empty - FOB

 

toshiba-xg3-1tb-2-nvme-pcie-ssd-review_23

 

There's a big difference between an empty drive, one that's 75% full/used, and one that's in a steady state.

 

toshiba-xg3-1tb-2-nvme-pcie-ssd-review_24

 

The important scores to pay attention to are "OS Volume Steady State" and "OS Volume 75% full." These two categories are most important because they are indicative of typical of consumer user states. When a drive is in a steady state, it means garbage collection is running at the same time it's reading/writing. This is exactly why we focus on steady state performance.

 

This is the first time a non-Samsung consumer-based SSD has been able to hit 100K at 75% full. Steady-state performance checks in at 90K, which is 10K better than Intel's 1.2TB 750 SSD. Samsung's NVMe SSDs have always dominated our moderate workload testing, and it looks like this trend will continue albeit with much less of a cushion than before.

 

 

PCMark 7 - System Storage

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.4.0

 

We will look to Raw System Storage scoring for evaluation because it's done without system stops and, therefore, allows us to see significant scoring differences between drives.

 

OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used

 

toshiba-xg3-1tb-2-nvme-pcie-ssd-review_25

 

toshiba-xg3-1tb-2-nvme-pcie-ssd-review_26

 

This time, Intel's 750 series is able to best Toshiba's XG3. It's not by much, though. Samsung's offerings continue to display class-leading moderate workload performance due to their superior 4K QD1 read performance.

 

 

PCMark 8 - Storage Bandwidth

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.4.304

 

We use PCMark 8 Storage benchmark to test the performance of SSDs, HDDs, and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and a selection of popular games. You can test the system drive or any other recognized storage device, including local external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices.

 

OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used

 

toshiba-xg3-1tb-2-nvme-pcie-ssd-review_27

 

toshiba-xg3-1tb-2-nvme-pcie-ssd-review_28

 

PCMark 8 is the most intensive moderate workload simulation we run. With respect to moderate consumer type workloads, this test is what we consider the best indicator of a drive's performance.

 

The XG3 cannot catch Samsung's offerings, but the XG3 once again outperforms Intel's 750 Series SSDs. Based on our moderate workload testing, we feel the XG3 is the third best performing consumer-based NVMe SSD on the market today, only slightly outperformed by the SM951 and 950 Pro.

    PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.


    United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.

    United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.

    Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.

    We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.

Related Tags

Got an opinion on this content? Post a comment below!
loading