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Written by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
PNY XLR8 PRO Solid State Drive
Closer Look: PNY XLR8 PRO SSD
Features and Specifications
SSD Testing Methodology
AS-SSD Benchmark
ATTO Disk Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 Tests
Iometer IOPS Performance
EVEREST Disk Benchmark
PCMark Vantage HDD Tests
PNY XLR8 PRO SSD Conclusion

AS-SSD Benchmark

Alex Schepeljanski of Alex Intelligent Software develops the free AS SSD Benchmark utility for testing storage devices. The AS SSD Benchmark tests sequential read and write speeds, input/output operational performance, and response times. Because this software receives frequent updates, Benchmark Reviews recommends that you compare results only within the same version family.

Beginning with sequential transfer performance, the PNY XLR8 PRO solid state drive produced speeds up to 504.21 MB/s for reads and 314.89 MB/s writes. Because this benchmark uses compressed data, sequential file transfer speeds are reported lower than with other tools using uncompressed data. For this reason, we will concentrate on the operational IOPS performance for this section. Single-threaded 4K IOPS performance tests deliver 21.06 MB/s read and 62.70 MB/s write, while the 64-thread 4K reads recorded 214.97 MB/s and write performance was 239.40 MB/s.

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AS-SSD 64-thread 4KB IOPS performance results are displayed in the chart below, which compares several enthusiast-level storage products currently on the market. In these 64-thread 4KB IOPS performance tests the PNY XLR8 PRO-series outperformed many other SSDs, even surpassing OCZ's Vertex 3 Max IOPS Edition SSD built with the same controller. The chart below is sorted by total combined performance, which helps illustrate which products offer the best operational input/output under load:

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In the next section, Benchmark Reviews tests transfer rates using ATTO Disk Benchmark.



 

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# RE: PNY XLR8 PRO Solid State Drivekzinti1 2012-11-05 23:02
I just checked NewEgg for the length of warranty on all 3 sizes of these SSD's that you've listed.
They each have a 3 year warranty. Not 5 years as you've stated.
NewEgg also doesn't even sell the 240GB XLR8 Pro SSD. The link you gave is for a completely different PNY SSD.
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# 3 years + 2 yearsalfesco 2012-11-06 02:26
Page 3 states that if you register the drive at PNY you get an extra two years.
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# RE: RE: PNY XLR8 PRO Solid State DriveOlin Coles 2012-11-06 06:36
I mention three times how registration at the PNY website will extend the three-year warranty to five years. A little reading goes a long way.
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# You're wrong, wrong, wrongRyan 2013-12-18 21:03
Er, you didn't check carefully enough. PNY has ALWAYS extended their SSDs' warranty an additional 2 year if you register, making it 5 years total. This was clearly stated on NewEgg. Duh.

And yes, NewEgg did sell the 240GB XLR8 Pro SSD in November of 2012, when you posted that message. I know because I bought and installed three of them. And now,a year later, it's on sale for $129.

##newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-178-453&nm_mc=EMC-GD121813&cm_mmc=EMC-GD121813-_-index-_-Item-_-20-178-453
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# product qualitydb 2014-01-16 22:28
how has the quality of this product held up the past year? is this a steal at $129?
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# RE: product qualityOlin Coles 2014-01-17 05:33
The PNY XLR8 PRO has been a SOLID performer, with no problems whatsoever. The 128GB version is only $80 after discounts, but I recommend something at leat 240GB or larger.
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# XLR8 is OK by me,.....realneil 2012-11-06 06:23
Good review,....I'll buy one or two of these when the prices relax a little.
I bought a few XLR8 GTX-570s and they have turned out to be excellent video cards.
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