PNY XLR8 CS3150 M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 5×4 1TB SSD Review (with RGB Heatsink)

Today, we ‘ll be taking a look at the PNY XLR8 CS3150 M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 5×4 1TB SSD Review (with RGB Heatsink). It uses the Phison E26 PCIe 5.0 SSD controller, along with Micron high density 232-layer 3D TLC NAND chips for exceptionally high performance and endurance.

It has a total storage capacity of 1TB and offers a read speed of up to 11,500 MB/s, and a write speed of up to 8,500 Mb/s. This means you will be able to boot up faster, load applications quicker, and improved overall system performance. It’s ideal for PC enthusiasts, gamers, and content creators to upgrade to the latest in NVMe technology.

The SSD also comes with RGB lighting which adds great aesthetics for gamers. It’s the only PCIE Gen5 SSD on the market that offers RGB lighting right now.

For cooling, it features an unique dual-fan heatsink design, which helps to keep your Gen5 x4 SSD cool and prevent performance throttling, ensuring the SSD’s safety and data integrity.

It also supports TCG Opal 2.0 for hardware encryption and storage security, and it’s backed by a 5-year limited warranty.

Confused and NAND flash memory? Well, there are several types of NAND flash memory used in most of today’s SSDs. The two most popular are SLC and MLC, and now TLC. Here’s a little background taken from HOWTOGEEK.

I would like to thanks PNY for the review sample! Here is a snippet of what they have to say about themselves on their website:

Our Story

ESTABLISHED IN 1985, PNY is a global technology leader dedicated to consumer and business-grade electronics manufacturing.


PNY has over 30 years of business experience serving consumers, B2Bs, and OEMs worldwide. Available in over 50 countries with 20 company locations throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, our products are sold at major retail, e-tail, wholesalers, and distributors worldwide. PNY is proud to have products assembled in the USA.



PNY Consumer Solutions provide customers with quality products that are reliable, affordable, and geared towards consumers’ needs. PNY products function with a wide variety of computer and digital devices to enhance your user experience.



PNY Commercial Solutions provide customers with powerful tools to manage heavy workloads. NVIDIA Professional and Computing Gaming Graphics Cards, Data Center GPUs and Networking Solutions, PNY Memory Upgrades and Solid-State Drives. All PNY products are designed and built with system integrators in mind to provide advanced application performance, top productivity, and greater power efficiency.

This is one of the first SSDs we’ve tested from PNY so let’s see how well it will perform. We’ll be using our test rig which is comprised of an Intel core i9-14900K sitting on an Asus Strix Z790-E Gaming WiFi motherboard, along with 32Gb of DDR5-7200 ram and a GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER.

OK, let’s get on with it and start by taking a look at the specifications on the next page.

You can buy the PNY XLR8 CS3150 M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 5×4 1TB SSD (with RGB heatsink) for around USD $185 from Amazon –


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