LITE-ON Displays CA3 NVMe and CV8 SATA SSDs at CES 2018

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LITE-ON is at CES 2018 too and we had a look at what they brought along. There are traditional SATA-based drives as well as a modern NVMe drive for that extra bit of performance. What all three of these drives have in common is that they’re all built with 3D TLC NAND


LITE-ON’s CA3 is a PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe SSD in a standard 2280 M.2 form factor. The series is available in four sizes, from 128GB and all the way up to 1TB. Performance wise, the CA3 can deliver up to 380K IOPS when reading and 260K when writing. The sequential performance is 2900MB/s when reading and up to 1700MB/s when writing. Once the cache is used, the write performance drops to 800MB/s. A scenario that happens on all TLC-based drives.

The CA3 is backed by a 3-year warranty, has an MTBF of 1.5 million hours and can handle 50K power on/off cycles. It would do good in any system, but it is intended as a boot drive or cache drive perfect for web development, or for video editing or graphic design applications.

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The CV8 series is so new that we don’t have a lot of information about it yet. It is a legacy SATA-based drive which comes in two form factors, 2.5-inch and M.2. Capacity wise you have the three options of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.

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Besides that, the information is limited. But there are things that we can expect based on the predecessor drives such as the CV6. LDPC ECC will be part of the feature set and customized firmware will be available. Performance wise, we can expect around 530/520MB/s and 90K IOPS.

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