Klevv’s CRAS C700 RGB is currently the company’s fastest and coolest-looking SSD. With an entry-level NVMe controller powering it, however, there was no way that it would be topping our leaderboards. Like most RGB SSDs, Klevv’s CRAS C700 RGB performs on the lower end of the spectrum. But that doesn’t mean you should totally disregard it.
In testing, the CRAS C700 RGB’s game load performance results ranked up there with some of the best. Under both consumer and prosumer-based workloads alike, the CRAS C700 RGB kept up and even surpassed WD’s Blue SN500 throughout testing. It seems SK Hynix’s 72L NAND flash is fairly competitive when paired with the right controller and firmware mix.
With a small SLC cache and some extra over-provisioning, the CRS C700 RGB’s base write performance degraded to a respectable 795 MBps after the SLC cache filled. But compared to other drives that small 12GB cache did hurt it a bit under our 50GB file copy workload.
Instead of pure speed, the company focused on sustained performance and creating a unique look with attractive lighting effects that can help to set off most builds. Being an M.2 drive, without the need for a SATA data and power cable, you can build a cleaner system with less cable clutter, too. But with such a thick design, you won’t be able to stuff it behind your GPU. So be sure you have a spare NVMe M.2 slot on your board that isn't blocked by other components or a heat shield.
Also, while the large heatsink and RGB based design set it off aesthetically, it is due to the addition of RGB lighting that power efficiency results came in low. That’s the price you have to pay when you want to see all those RGB lights twinkle and shine. And the light show here is quite nice. If you're looking for a unique RGB SSD for your next build, be sure to give it a look -- that is if you can find it for sale in your region.
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