Review: PNY XLR8 Pro 240GB SSD

Posted October 28, 2013 by Sam Chen in Reviews

PNY XLR8 Pro 240GB Conclusions

pny-xlr8-pro-240gb-ssd-custom-pc-review-14Well, it’s like my nteenth review of a SandForce powered SSD and personally, I feel like SandForce based SSDs are just simply so similar and so commonplace that it’s difficult to recommend one over another. Looking at the performance figures on the PNY XLR8 Pro 240GB is pretty much like looking at any other vanilla SandForce powered drive. In fact, in our FIO testing, it’s literally impossible to tell the difference in performance between the Kingston HyperX 3K and the PNY XLR8 Pro 240GB. They’re just that similar.

Power consumption figures on the PNY XLR8 Pro 240GB are actually quite disappointing for a SSD as it drew the most power of any SSD tested today including the OCZ Vertex 450. Given that it’s a 9mm formfactor SSD and it uses a lot of power to achieve a similar level of performance in comparison to other consumer oriented SSDs, the XLR8 Pro is really something meant for desktop or desktop replacement notebooks.

The way I see it, two main value propositions come into play with the PNY XLR8 Pro. The first is simply the fact that PNY offers a 5 year warranty across their entire line of enthusiast SSDs, the XLR8 Pro included. True it’s becoming much more commonplace to find 5 year warranties on enthusiast grade SSDs these days, but it’s unfortunately still not necessarily the case across the board. Secondly, at least in my limited case here, PNY is using eMLC NAND on their XLR8 Pro although it’s not necessarily being advertised so I can’t say for sure that you’ll get eMLC in the XLR8 Pro that you buy off the shelves. However, if you do get lucky, eMLC is enterprise grade high endurance NAND that carries 10,000 P/E cycles rather than the usual 3,000 P/E cycles and for most usage cases it will most likely outlast its useful life.

Manufacturer PNY PNY PNY
Model XLR8 Pro XLR8 Pro XLR8 Pro
Capacity 120 GB 240 GB 480 GB
Street Price $119.99 $189.99 $460.31
Price/GB $1.00 $0.79 $0.96
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Pricing on the PNY XLR8 Pro 240GB is currently $189.99, which translates to about $0.79/GB. While that’s not bad especially when compared to only a year ago, there are a number of competitors out there that offer similar performance for a reduced cost. After all, the XLR8 Pro is simply a SandForce drive with vanilla firmware. However, when you look at SSDs that come with 5 year warranties, the options shrink substantially and prices increase significantly as well with the Samsung 840 Pro 256GB going for $0.88/GB, Intel 530 240GB going for $0.83/GB, and the Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB going for $0.94/GB – all of which are higher priced than the PNY XLR8 Pro 240GB.

With consistent performance, a 5 year warranty and reasonable prices, the PNY’s XLR8 Pro is a fantastic drive for those who aren’t necessarily concerned about having the fastest burst performance, but are more concerned about long term reliability and consistent performance. Media creation professionals, business, and enterprise users who demand outstanding reliability will find the PNY XLR8 Pro to be an excellent drive for their needs.


Sample provided by: PNY

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  • My2Bits

    Any consistency to finding the enterprise grade eMLC (29F16B16MCME1) in consumer purchased drives? Just wondering if PNY made a special accommodation for drives sent our for review, or (hopefully) they had high yields on their enterprise chips and manufactured these drives with eMLC.

    • Sam Chen

      Not quite sure, but probably high eMLC yields or they’re having trouble keeping up with cMLC demand. The SSD I got was full of the eMLC, but it’s not marketed as something that should have it, so I guess it’s a luck of the draw kinda thing. I have seen SSDs from other vendors (I think ADATA) who put eMLC in their consumer SSDs as well, but it was only partially eMLC which suggests that it’s probably just due to high eMLC yields and high demand for the consumer grade product.