Toshiba Announces Ultra-Fast, High-Capacity XG5-P NVMe Solid State Drives

Toshiba Memory America, Inc. (TMA), the U.S.-based subsidiary of Toshiba Memory Corporation, just announced a couple of new additions to its XG5 line of NVMe-based solid state drives that significantly boost performance, while also upping the maximum capacity. The brand new Toshiba XG5-P drives are a premium sub-series of products in the XG5 family featuring 64-layer, 3D BiCS FLASH memory and a proprietary controller and firmware, designed for demanding PC gaming and content delivery workloads.

According to Toshiba, the new XG5-P drives have been tuned to improve full access range random read/write performance over their predecessors by up to 55 percent and the maximum capacity for the standard M.2 2280 sized gumstick has been increased to 2TB, though a 1TB model will be available as well. Self-encrypting drive (SED) models supporting TCG Opal Version 2.01 will be offered too.

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Toshiba XG5-P NVMe M.2 2280 Solid State Drive.

“Toshiba recognizes the need for engineering larger capacity, higher performance SSD solutions that target specific applications and use cases,” said, Neville Ichhaporia, director of client and data center SSD marketing at TMA. “With our latest flagship XG5-P series, we have once again raised the bar in client SSD storage by delivering NVMe SSDs that take workstation, gaming and content creation performance to the next level.”

Toshiba XG5-P NVMe solid state drives feature a PCI Express (PCIe) Gen3 x4 lane, NVMe Revision 1.2.1 interface, and are rated for read speeds up to 3,000 MB/sec with 2,200 MB/sec sequential writes, and up to 320,000 random read and 265,000 random write IOPS. Toshiba claims the XG5-P SSDs are highly power efficient as well and consume less than 60mW under some conditions.

Expect drives to arrive in OEM systems soon and retail-ready versions (likely with different branding) to hit in a couple of months.

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