When we talk about PCI-Express 3.0 NVMe solid state drives the top-end when it comes to speed is around 3500 MB/s. Obviously with that being the top-end there are many affordable drives that sit below that mark. One such drive is the Lexar NM610, which offers sequential read and write speeds of 2100 MB/s and 1600 MB/s respectively. Based on those speeds we would call this drive an entry level drive, but it still is going to be much faster than a normal 3.5-inch solid state drive. Lexar has teamed the Silicon Motion SM2263XT controller with 64-layer 3D TLC NAND flash on this drive, let’s see what it can do!
The Lexar NM610 comes in pretty typical retail packaging. On the front we have a picture of the drive and it lets us know the capacity, which is 500GB. Lexar offers the drive in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB versions.
Flipping over to the back there is a little bit more of information on the drive and we can see that it does come with a 3-year warranty.
Opening the drive and getting everything out we have the NM610 drive and a quick installation and warranty guide.