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Kioxia launches new consumer-grade EXCERIA NVMe SSDs

The new EXCERIA SSDs. (Source: Kioxia)
The new EXCERIA SSDs. (Source: Kioxia)
Kioxia has introduced new EXCERIA-line M.2 2280 SSDs for desktops or laptops. The OEM asserts that the new PRO variant is for enthusiasts, whereas the G2 is more for the mainstream, mainly as they support PCIe Gen 4 and Gen 3 respectively. The 2 new drives also feature the proprietary "BiCS" flash memory and up to 2TB capacities.

Kioxia (formerly the memory division of Toshiba) has unveiled its latest SSDs today (July 29, 2021). The EXCERIA PRO and G2 are M.2 2280, and thus might fit into both laptops and desktops. The OEM has equipped them with its in-house BiCS flash memory to the tune of 2TB at the most.

Of the 2, Kioxia asserts that, of the 2, the EXCERIA PRO is for the more serious user, as it supports the PCIe Gen4 (x4) interface, rated for more than double the maximal sequential read speed of the nearest preceding EXCERIA PLUS SSD.

This may be because that older drive is PCIe Gen 3, which is also present in the EXCERIA G2, which is associated with a sequential performance of over 2GB/s. It also has Kioxia's SSD Utility Management Software, which might afford control over settings, maintenance and monitoring once installed in a PC.

The new Kioxia SSDs lack availability and pricing at present. The OEM plans to showcase the new components at the China Digital Entertainment (or ChinaJoy) Expo and Conference in Shanghai from July 30 to August 2, 2021.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-07-29 (Update: 2021-07-29)