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Lexar NQ100 480GB SSD Review

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Benchmarking of Lexar NQ100


Product Name
Provided By

Intel I7 10700KF

ASRock Z590 PG Velocita ASRock


G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3600 16-16-16-36

(2)SK Hynix Gold P31 PCIe NVMe Gen3 M.2 2280 Internal SSD – 500GB NVMe

Video Cards
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super MSI


BenQ EL2870U 28 inch 4K HDR Gaming Monitor
 3840×2160 @ 60 Hz


Open Test Bench 

Power Supply
Fractal Design ION+ 660P Fractal Design

Operating System
Windows 10 2004 x64 Pro with latest patches and updates

Crystal Disk Mark benchmark at 1GB test size:


AS SSD uses incompressible data for benchmarking and can measure read/write performance in MB/s or IOPS. AS SSD also has a Copy Benchmark which simulates ISO, Game, and program performance, providing both speed and access time results.

Unlike AS SSD, the ATTO disk benchmark is a 32-bit compressible data benchmark that measures read and write speeds across various file transfer sizes from 512B to 64MB to show SSD behavior.

Anvil Storage Utilities is a comprehensive storage testing program that provides plenty of information and option for each test. For this review, the SSD test was selected.

Random Threaded IO

Random Threaded IO Read Only

Random Threaded IO Write Only

Overall performance NQ100 was up to par with SSDs that feature cache less design.  While testing the SSD with and without any files on it I saw a consistent performance while reading and writing.  Just like every storage device out there, NQ100 had a slightly slower speed on writing data than reading it.  As the drive was loaded with random files (at 75%) I saw a slight degradation in read and write speeds but nothing too alarming or to make me to believe caching would help.

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