With drives like this in prebuilt systems, we have to wonder how long there will be an aftermarket for storage. Let's not worry about that just yet, though. The gaming and enthusiast market is on an upswing. NVMe SSDs are still fairly expensive compared to what they could be and system builders still charge outrageous premiums for them over SATA. We're not too worried just yet because the best way to buy a prebuilt system is to get it with the cheapest storage option and then add your own drive for less than half the price the OEM charges.
The upgrade method doesn't work for everyone and I'm sure Toshiba will sell a lot of XG6 SSDs. What the company hasn't talked about is this drive, or a possible XG6-P, coming to the consumer market under the old RevoDrive series name. We're about a year past when Toshiba should have released a successor to the RD400. Around a year and a half ago, there were some rumors and muttering about a RD500, but that never materialized.
If you went back through the review to replace every XG6 with RD500, and gave it a reasonable price, we all be more than happy. The XG6 really should be the base for a retail consumer SSD. If there is a place to release a XG6-P with even higher performance, we'll take that as an RD500 without any complaints.
As for now, the XG6 is a system builder drive that you can't buy without getting a full system. We hope that changes at some point because this is a very capable and competitive NVMe compared to what's available today. With that in mind, there isn't much else we can say about the XG6. If you are lucky enough to get this drive in a notebook or desktop we think you will be happy with it.
Last updated: Sep 24, 2019 at 12:26 am CDT
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