Types of NAND flash
NAND flash types include Single Level Cell (SLC), Multi-Level Cell (MLC), and Triple Level Cell
(TLC). SLC is the fastest, with the longest lifespan—up to 50,000 P/E cycles, but has the downside
of being the most expensive, and available only in smaller capacities. MLC is less expensive, but
provides better performance and reliability than TLC—up to 3,000 P/E cycles—which is just fine for
everyday computing use and gaming. TLC, meanwhile, is the cheapest, with fewer than 1,500 P/E
cycles, which is good enough for consumer applications.
Note: P/E cycles are for reference only. Actual value may differ depending on NAND
flash chips or customer usage habits.