We recently published a review of Lexar's flagship NVMe SSD. The drive came up short in comparison to other premium NVMe SSDs shipping today but the NS200, a SATA model, rivals the best SATA SSDs available.
Lexar used to be part of memory giant Micron but was sold off to China-based manufacturing powerhouse Longsys. Longsys will use the popular Lexar name to continue selling memory products in the US and other territories. For shoppers, Lexar still holds the same reputation for reliability as Longsys is a well-respected manufacturer with a 20-year history, and experience, in memory products.
The NS200 SATA SSD uses Micron's 64-layer TLC memory and pairs it with the Silicon Motion, Inc SM2258 controller. The drive is very similar to the Crucial MX500 and that's a very good thing for shoppers. The MX500 with the same memory and controller combination is one of the fastest SATA SSDs shipping today. Lexar hopes to use a same winning formula to join the high-performance club.
Lexar currently ships the NS200 SATA SSD in three capacities ranging from 240GB to 960GB. The series uses overprovisioning to increase and keep write performance high.
The sequential performance is the same across the series with 550 MB/s read and 510 MB/s write speeds. The random performance peaks at 95,000 IOPS reads for the two smaller models. The 960GB NS200 reaches as high as 88,000 IOPS read. The random write performance tips the scales at 90,000 for the 240GB and 480GB models but just 80,000 IOPS for the 960GB.
Pricing, Warranty, and Endurance
Pricing at the time of writing shows the Lexar NS200 slightly higher than the Crucial MX500. The 240GB NS200 starts at just $49.99 and that more than doubles for the 480GB NS200, currently selling for $104.99. The 960GB model sells for $199.99. These are essentially launch day MSRP prices, this series hasn't dropped since coming to market and that's not a good thing in this environment where prices seem to decrease every few days.
The Lexar NS200 series carries a 3-year limited warranty. The series delivers 120 TBW for every 240GB of user capacity (240 TBW for the 480GB and 480 TBW for the 960GB drives).
A Closer Look