With all of the talk lately around the rise of new high-speed PCIe Gen5 SSDs, here's MSI with a friendly reminder that PCIe Gen4 can still deliver the goods. The new flagship PCIe 4.0 SSD from MSI, the SPATIUM M480 PRO series, can provide incredible Gen4 performance of up to 7,400 MB/s sequential read and 7,000 MB/s sequential write.
Available in three storage capacities, 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB, the new SPATIUM M480 PRO series arrives with a stylish bronze-colored aluminum fin-stacked heatsink that MSI notes reduces SSD temperatures by around 20 degrees Celcius under load.
The only thing missing, it seems, is PlayStation 5 compatibility due to the larger heatsink size and shape, though, for that, there's still the impressive SPATIUM M480 PRO PLAY. We reviewed that heatsink-powered model last year, dubbing it "PS5 perfection."
The SPATIUM M480 PRO is available without a heatsink, with the same Gen4 performance of up to 7,400 MB/s sequential read and 7,000 MB/s sequential write. Though there, you'll probably need some motherboard cooling to keep the temperatures down. And hey, you could probably slap on a different heatsink and put it into a PlayStation 5 console too.
The new SPATIUM M480 PRO drives are based on Phison's PS5018-E18 controller, using 3D TLC NAND technology. In addition to the sequential read and write speeds, you've also got up to 1,000,000 random read and write 4KB IOPS. Compared to the more cut-down models in MSI's range, the key difference looks to be higher overall peak-power usage for the new SPATIUM M480 PRO.
They also come with a five-year warranty.