Lexar 512GB NM620 M.2 2280 NVMe SSD Review

Lexar 512GB NM620 M.2 2280 NVMe SSD Review



Designed for intensive workloads, the Lexar 512GB NM620 M.2 2280 NVMe SSD offers next-level performance that puts you in the computing fast lane with speeds up 3300MB/s read and 3000MB/s write1. It’s supported by the PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe 1.4 technology standard and built with the latest 3D NAND flash.

With speeds of up to 3300MB/s read, enjoy 6x the speed of SATA SSDs3. The NM620 puts you in the computing fast lane and offers impressive performance for demanding creative workstations and gaming experiences.

Low-Density Parity Check (LDPC) technology makes data transfers more reliable than ever by fixing data errors before they have a chance to slow you down.

Unlike traditional hard disk drives, the NM620 SSD has no moving parts, so it’s built to last. On top of that, it’s also shock and vibration resistant2, making it one robust and reliable SSD.

Lexar 512GB NM620 M.2 2280 NVMe SSD Review

Lexar 512GB NM620 M.2 2280 NVMe SSD Review

Reduced power consumption and cooler operation makes the battery life last longer than a traditional hard drive. All Lexar product designs undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs,facilities with more than 1,100 digital devices, to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability.

The Lexar NM620 is the company’s latest M.2 SSD. The drive leverages the PCIe Gen3 (NVMe 1.4) interface to bring speeds up to 3.3GB/s and 300K IOPS, in theory. The drive uses in-house NAND and controller as well as LDPC for added reliability. The NM620 is marketed as an intensive drive for design, video editing, and gaming, though it probably shouldn’t be used in those cases.

For performance, we ran Houdini by SFX and VDBench. The Lexar NM620 was in last in every test but one, where it was second to last. And it wasn’t last but just a bit but by quite a large margin. In Houdini, it rendered in 3,577.7 seconds placing it near the bottom. Peak VDBench scores include 83K IOPS in 4K read, 19K IOPS in 4K write, 1.7GB/s in 64K read, and 202MB/s in 64K write. In our VDI tests, the drive hit 25K IOPS in boot, 7,843 IOPS in Initial Login, and 8,402 in Monday Login.

Overall, the Lexar 512GB NM620 M.2 2280 NVMe SSD is marketed toward intensive uses but its performance doesn’t back that up in the least. If performance is what you are after there are lots of better choices. If the NM620 comes down in price it would probably be fine for day-to-day use, but that is already a crowded market with lots of options.

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