The P3 Plus comes in a small, blue and white box. While there aren't a lot of technical details, the packaging includes a picture of the drive and advertises some of its key features including its 2TB capacity, support for PCIe 4.0 NVMe technology and 5 year warranty. The back of the box also has a small window that lets you see the drive and view the QR code on it. Inside, you'll find the P3 Plus as well as a mounting screw. To keep costs down, the drive does not come with a guide. However, if you need help, you can download the guide as well as the migration and cloning software from Crucial's website.
The P3 Plus uses the 2280 form factor for M.2 (NGFF) SSDs. It measures 22 x 80 x 2.25 mm and tips the scales at less than 8g. The drive also has an "M key" edge connector which provides PCIe SSDs with up to 4x lanes of bandwidth.
The P3 Plus uses Phison's PS5012-E21T controller chip. Manufactured in 12nm at TSMC, this DRAM-less, PCIe Gen 4 x4 NVMe 1.4 controller is equipped with a single ARM Cortex R5 core and has 4 NAND channels with 16 chip enables (CE) per channel. The E21T also offers support for 3D TLC/QLC NAND flash and features end-to-end data path protection, thermal throttling, Smart ECC 2.0 technology and Phison's fourth generation low-density parity-check (LDPC) ECC algorithm for improved drive reliability.
For the 2TB version of the P3 Plus, Crucial opted to use Micron's 176-layer (N48R) 3D QLC NAND flash. If you'd remove the sticker, you'd see that there are four 512GB NAND flash packages on the top of the PCB. There is also no DRAM cache chip as the PC Plus' controller takes full advantage of NVMe's Host Memory Buffer feature by using a small portion of the computer's memory to cache the mapping tables.