The majority of products I feature on Hardware Asylum are designed for the hardware enthusiast with the intention of exploring how fast certain products can be. For the longest time storage has always been the bottleneck on the desktop PC and may of us went to great lengths to reduce latency and increase data transfer speed. It wasn’t until advent of NVMe SSDs and direct access to the PCI Express bus that we found a solution to the storage problem.
So much in fact, that even slow and budget oriented storage devices are fast enough to consider for performance builds.
In this review we will be looking at the NM710 NVMe SSD from Lexar. This drive is designed to be a budget friendly storage solution that still keeps up with many of the performance demands that hardware enthusiast and gamers want.
M.2 devices require a dedicated 4 Lane PCI Express interface which allows them direct access to the subsystem, processor and memory. When combined with the speed benefits of PCI Express 4.0 the Lexar NM710 features read speeds up to 5000MB/s and writes up to 4500MB/s. Drive capacities range between 500GB up to 2TB. The 1TB drive featured in this review occupies a sweet spot between the storage array and controller selection to give it the best performance of any drive in the series.
Form Factor: M.2 2280
Interface: PCIe Gen4x4
- 500GB—Sequential read up to 5000MB/s, sequential write up to 2600MB/s
- 1TB—Sequential read up to 5000MB/s, sequential write up to 4500MB/s
- 2TB—Sequential read up to 4850MB/s, sequential write up to 4500MB/s
Operating Temperature: 0°C to 70°C (32°F to 158°F)
Storage Temperature: -40°C to 85°C (-40°F to 185°F)
Dimensions (L x W x H): 80 x 22 x 2.45 mm (3.15” x 0.87” x 0.10”)
Weight: 7g (0.015lbs)
Warranty: Five-year limited warranty
Shock-resistant: 1500G, duration 0.5ms, Half Sine Wave2
Vibration-resistant: 10~2000Hz, 1.5mm, 20G, 1 Oct/min, 30min/axis(X,Y,Z)2
TBW: 500GB: 300TBW, 1TB: 600TBW, 2TB: 1200TBW
MTBF: 1,500,000 Hours
Be sure to consult the product page on the Lexar website for more info