KLEVV has introduced a new high-end PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD, the “CRAS C930,” that boasts a DRAM cache buffer and SLC cache algorithm, delivering impressive sequential read and write speeds of up to 7400MB/s and 6800MB/s, respectively. The drive comes with an aluminum fin-shaped heat sink that can be easily installed by gamers, either on the PC motherboard or on the PS5 with the provided heat sink, thereby improving and accelerating the gaming experience.
Interface: PCIe 4.0 x4
Dimensions: M.2 2280
Capacity: 1TB, 2TB
Controller: InnoGrit IG5236
Flash Memory: 3D TLC NAND Flash
DRAM Cache: SK Hynix DDR4 SDRAM H5ANAG6NCJRXNC
Dimensions: 80 x without heatsink 22 x 3.2mm, with heat sink 80 x 23.6 x 8.7mm
Weight: 7g without heat sink, 23g with heat sink
Warranty: 5-year limited warranty
Durability: 1TB 750TBW, 2TB 1500TBW
Flagship 7400MB/s! KLEVV CRAS C930 M.2 2TB unpacking
KLEVV has an extensive range of SSD products that cater to various user needs. The product line includes entry-level PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs such as CRAS C730, C720, and C710, as well as three PCIe 4.0 x4 SSDs: the high-end flagship CRAS C930, the C920, and the mainstream C910. These SSDs come in different capacities, prices, and performance levels, meeting the installation needs of casual gamers and serious gamers alike.
Previously, buyers had to choose whether to purchase an M.2 SSD with or without a heat sink. However, with many DIY motherboards now coming equipped with M.2 heat sinks as standard, this choice has become less important. Nevertheless, for gamers looking to upgrade their PS5 consoles, opting for the version with a heat sink is necessary. The CRAS C930 offers players this choice, with an included aluminum fin heat sink that can be used or not, depending on the installation platform.
The KLEVV CRAS C930’s outer box features key specifications and a product image, as well as the Attachable Heatsink logo on the upper right. This logo indicates to players that the heat sink is not pre-installed on the SSD, giving players the option to decide whether or not to install one.
Free installation of the aluminum heat sink is suitable for PC or PS5 upgrades
The KLEVV CRAS C930 SSD does not have a sticker on its front, and the bottom of the aluminum heat sink uses 3M thermal adhesive. This allows players to attach the heat sink to the SSD on their own. The center of the cover protects the SSD controller and flash memory particles. However, it is important to note that the thermal adhesive is very sticky, and it is not recommended to remove it after attaching the heat sink.
The aluminum fin heat sink features the KLEVV and CRAS C930 branding, while the front of the CRAS C930 SSD is label-free.
The back of the heat sink is coated with 3M thermal adhesive, while the back of the SSD features a product label sticker.
Aluminum fin-shaped heat sinks can increase heat dissipation area to ensure the stable operation of SSD without slowing down.
The CRAS C930 SSD is equipped with the InnoGrit IG5236 controller and uses a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface and NVMe 1.4 specification. The drive also supports 8 NAND channels and DDR SDRAM cache, as well as features such as LDPC ECC error correction, global levelling, and AES 256-bit encryption. These technologies ensure that the SSD delivers stable performance, has a durable write life, and provides encryption protection and other functions.
KLEVV offers a 5-year product warranty for the CRAS C930 SSD, with the 2TB capacity having a write life of 1500TBW. This translates to being able to write 821.9GB of data per day for five years, which is more than sufficient for general use. The SSD utilizes four pieces of 3D TLC NAND Flash memory particles and is combined with SK Hynix DDR4 SDRAM H5ANAG6NCJRXNC cache, as well as SLC cache calculation technology in the firmware. This allows the SSD to achieve impressive sequential read and write speeds of 7400MB/s and 6800MB/s, respectively.
Install CRAS C930 SSD M.2 SSD in PS5
Apart from its use in PCs, the CRAS C930 SSD can also be used to upgrade the high-speed, large-capacity SSD space of the PS5. By expanding the SSD capacity, PS5 games can be stored directly on the drive and executed from it, providing a seamless gaming experience with high-speed loading times. With more games being installed, players can enjoy uninterrupted gaming without waiting for long loading times.
For use in the PS5, M.2 SSDs must meet mainstream specifications such as PCIe 4.0 x4, NVMe, Key M, and 2280, with the most critical requirement being the height of the heat sink, which must be less than 11.25mm. The CRAS C930 SSD, which is only 8.7mm in height, including the heat sink, is perfectly suited for installation in the PS5, allowing for the expansion of high-speed game storage space.
To install the CRAS C930 SSD in the PS5, simply open the side panel of the console and use the screws and washers that were originally locked in the 110 positions. Move these to the 80 positions and lock the SSD in place. With a height of only 8.7mm, including the heat sink, the installation process is quite smooth. After installing the SSD, turn on the power of the PS5 and format it before the drive can be used normally.
CRAS C930 SSD can achieve a read speed of 6475MB/s on PS5.
KLEVV CRAS C930 2TB performance
For testing purposes, an AMD Ryzen 9 7950X processor was used in combination with a ROG Crosshair X670E Hero motherboard, KLEVV DDR5-5600 16GB*2 memory, and the KLEVV CRAS C930 2TB SSD installed on the first M.2 slot. The SSD was connected using the PCIe 4.0 x4 channel provided by the CPU and tested with the CRAS C930’s aluminum finned heat sink installed.
Processor: AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Hero
Memory: KLEVV DDR5-5600 16GB*2
Display Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Power Supply: Seasonic PRIME PX-1000
Operating System: Windows 11 Pro 22H2
The CRAS C930 2TB SSD was inspected using CrystalDiskInfo. The drive uses the PCIe 4.0 x4 and NVMe 1.4 interface and supports SMART, TRIM, and VolatileWriteCache functions. After formatting, the actual usable capacity is 1.81TB.
Using the CrystalDiskMark test preset+Mix in NVMe random mode, the CRAS C930 2TB SSD achieved impressive sequential read speeds of 7468.55 MB/s and write speeds of 6810.9 MB/s, as well as random RND4K Q32T16 read speeds of 4655.99 MB/s and write speeds of 4197.72 MB/s.
The CRAS C930 2TB SSD’s speed level is among the top of the current PCIe 4.0 x4 SSDs, with its impressive sequential read and write speeds as well as high IOPS operation, making it a suitable choice for gamers with heavy performance needs.
The ATTO Disk Benchmark tool uses various I/O sizes to test the maximum performance of the device. In the Direct I/O queue 8-tier test, the CRAS C930 2TB SSD achieved impressive maximum read and write speeds of 6.98 GB/s and 6.37 GB/s, respectively. These results indicate that the drive has excellent read and write performance across different I/O size operations.
Using the Handy ezIOmeterTest tool with 1 Thread and 128KB QD32 test, the CRAS C930 2TB SSD achieved an impressive sequential read and write speed of 7188.84 Mbps and 6514.54 Mbps, respectively. In addition, the drive also achieved impressive 4K random read and write QD32 performance of 1,062,944 IOps and 883,472 IOps, respectively.
The PCMark 10 storage test function, Full System Drive Benchmark, includes 23 different storage operation tasks that simulate daily usage scenarios, such as system startup, Adobe program startup, Office software operation, and file copying. The benchmark provides not only a total score to evaluate the results but also average bandwidth and access data, including time.
The CRAS C930 2TB SSD achieved a score of 2724 points in the PCMark 10 storage test function, Full System Drive Benchmark. The drive also achieved an impressive average bandwidth of 439.01 MB/s, with an average access time of only 62µs.
DirectStorage supports NVMe and PCIe 4.0 SSDs and can be tested with the Bulk Load Demo provided by Microsoft. Players can also check their system’s DirectStorage support by opening the Xbox Game Bar interface using Win+G and navigating to the Settings > Game Features page, which will display whether the GPU and disk of the current computer support DirectStorage.
When executing the Bulk Load Demo on the CRAS C930 2TB SSD disk, the model data, which is 8.68GB in size, can be read in just 0.41 seconds with a bandwidth speed of 21.16 GB/s. This allows games to take advantage of NVMe’s high-speed reading features and GPU decompression, resulting in greatly improved game performance and significantly shorter loading times.
The KLEVV CRAS C930 2TB SSD uses a controller with an SLC cache algorithm and is equipped with a DRAM cache buffer. In testing, the drive easily achieved impressive sequential read and write speeds of 7468.55 MB/s and 6810.9 MB/s, respectively. It can also be used as a PC system disk and achieved a high score of 2724 points in the PCMark 10 storage test. The drive supports Microsoft DirectStorage technology, allowing games to take advantage of the high-speed read performance of NVMe SSDs.
The CRAS C930 SSD allows players to install the aluminum fin-shaped heat sinks themselves, which is a considerate feature. If it is a DIY PC upgrade, the drive can be installed directly using the heat sink of the motherboard. For those upgrading their SSD expansion for the PS5, they can install the included aluminum fins. The fin-shaped heat sink is designed to provide more stable performance when the SSD is in use.
The CRAS C930 2TB SSD is currently priced at $5299 in Taiwan. In addition to meeting the high-performance needs of flagship gamers, the drive can also serve as an upgrade option for high-speed and large-capacity SSDs on both PC and PS5 platforms.
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Title: An unboxing test was conducted on the KLEVV CRAS C930 2TB SSD, which comes with a heatsink for easy installation in PCs and PS5 consoles. This SSD promises high-end performance for universal use