This week Lexar announced a new, faster NVMe SSD in their lineup with the Professional NM700, a PCIe Gen3 x4 drive with read speeds of up to 3500 MB/s, and writes up to 2000 MB/s. We looked at the NM600 last year, a mainstream product with a 2000 MB/s reads and 1200 MB/s writes, and Lexar is moving closer to the limits of the Gen3 x4 interface with this new drive.
“As the need for faster performance and uninterrupted application experiences increases, Lexar has developed a solution to keep videographers, photographers, and designers in the driver’s seat with speeds of up 3500MB/s read, and 2000MB/s write. The NM700 is supported by PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe and built with 3D NAND flash for higher capacity and more efficiency without unnecessary slowdowns.”
- Capacity: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
- Form Factor: M.2 2280
- Interface: PCIe Gen3 x4
- NAND flash: 3D TLC
- 256GB sequential read up to 3500MB/s read, sequential write up to 1200MB/s, IOPS up to 200/242K
- 512GB sequential read up to 3500MB/s read, sequential write up to 2000MB/s, IOPS up to 332/275K
- 1TB sequential read up to 3500MB/s read, sequential write up to 2000MB/s, IOPS up to 293/272K
The Lexar Professional NM700 NVMe SSD will be available in the US beginning next month, with launch MSRPs of $79.99 for the 256GB model, $110.99 for 512GB, and $199.99 for 1TB.
Those are terrible prices and pretty weak performance.
What makes this drive with relatively slow write speeds professional exactly? Does it have a massive cache? Does it have petabytes of endurance? Perhaps if all the necessary information was provided the review would be useful