The M.2 unit we tested is a powerful and versatile SSD that is easily compatible with most modern motherboards that support NVMe protocol. It's always wise to double-check with your motherboard manufacturer to ensure that you have at least an x4 lane PCIe Gen 3.0 version with NVMe protocol support. It's important to note that these SSDs are backward compatible with PCIe Gen 2.0, but the performance is impacted (halved) due to the reduced bandwidth per generation.
Still on Windows 10? Fortunately, the latest version of Windows 10 comes equipped with an up-to-date NVMe 1.4 protocol driver natively, so you won't need to install a third-party driver. The 2TB model boasts 2GB of DRAM and features 2x four NAND chips (176L) on each side.
The M.2 2280 form factor is compact and ensures compatibility with next-generation desktop and mobile platforms that support the M.2 PCIe slot and interface. It's worth noting that the 80 on 2280 indicates the length of the card, which is 80mm, while 2280 stands for the width, which is 22mm. Inside the case, you'll spot the NVMe M.2 SSD safely seated into its protection, along with the install Guide.
The 700TBW for this 1 TB model feels quite alright, double that for our 2TB model. You'll receive five years warranty; that's should be more than plenty. With eight channels, Phison's PCI-Express 4.0 controller is manufactured on TSMC's 12 nm node and features five Arm Cortex R5 CPU cores. DRAM is comprised out of SK Hynix chip, this DRAM cache, stores the mapping tables.
Below that's Micron NAND right there, 176-Layer 3D TLC / 512GB per IC.