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Phison delays its next-gen PCIe 5.0 SSDs, was meant to launch in November

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 30, 2022 7:27 PM CST

Phison originally teased its next-gen E26 PCIe Gen5 NVMe M.2 SSD controller in September, alongside AMD and its tease of Ryzen 7000 series "Zen 4" processors... but now the next-gen PCIe 5.0 SSD controller has been delayed.

Phison's next-gen E26 PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSD controller... now delayed

Phison's next-gen E26 PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSD controller... now delayed

Phison was originally meant to have its next-gen PCIe 5.0 SSD controller out by now, but there are no Phison E26-powered SSDs on the market, reviewed, or ready to go at all. During the Flash Memory Summit 2022 a couple of months back, Phison and AMD teased the E26 PCIe 5.0 SSD controller running at a huge 12.5GB/sec reads.

The new Phison E26 controller will have 3D TLC memory, offering a bandwidth of up to 2400MT/s alongside those huge 12.5GB/sec+ read speeds in PCIe 5.0-enabled motherboards. Back in May 2022, Phison announced in a blog post that it would be expecting mass production of PCIe 5.0 SSDs in Q3 2022, but the third quarter is finished, and we're now in the final month of 2022 and yet no Phison E26-powered SSDs are here.

Continue reading: Phison delays its next-gen PCIe 5.0 SSDs, was meant to launch in November (full post)

Nextorage shows off next-gen PCIe 5.0 SSDs pumping away at 10GB/sec

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 28, 2022 7:23 PM CST

We've been hearing a lot of news about PCIe 5.0 SSDs and their wicked 10GB/sec and beyond reads, but now we have Nextorage with their new PCIe Gen 5.0 NVMe M.2 SSD pumping 10GB/sec reads.

Nextorage PCIe Gen5 NVMe M.2 SSD with the heatsink (source: Shimizu_OC)

Nextorage PCIe Gen5 NVMe M.2 SSD with the heatsink (source: Shimizu_OC)

The new Nextorage PCIe Gen 5.0 NVMe M.2 SSD rocks sequential read speeds of up to 10GB/sec, and sequential writes of up to 9.5GB/sec. We should see Nextorage unleash 1TB and 2TB variants of their new PCIe 5.0-enabled SSD at first, with the 1TB model seeing barely reduced read and write speeds of 9.5GB/sec and 8.5GB/sec.

Nextorage is using 176-layer NAND flash inside of their new PCIe Gen 5.0 NVMe M.2 SSDs, and when compared against the likes of current-gen PCIe 4.0-powered SSDs that reach 7.4GB/sec reads and 6.9GB/sec writes, we can expect some great performance upgrades out of the Nextorage PCIe Gen 5.0 NVMe M.2 SSDs of up to 35% faster reads, and up to 48% faster writes (and that's without using the fastest SSD using the PCIe Gen5 standard just yet).

Continue reading: Nextorage shows off next-gen PCIe 5.0 SSDs pumping away at 10GB/sec (full post)

Sabrent kicks off its massive Black Friday sales, grab a storage bargain!

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 23, 2022 5:00 PM CST

Sabrent has just kicked off its huge Black Friday sales with some discounts across its range of storage products, from their flagship Rocket 4 Plus-G SSDs down to a new SD card if you need it.

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The wicked-fast and super-styled Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus-G SSDs are discounted: the 500GB variant is down from $170 to $130, the 1TB variant is down from $300 to $230, while the 2TB variant is down from $700 to $600. Under the G models, the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus SSDs are also discounted: the 1TB variant is down from $90 to $72, the 2TB variant down from $150 to $100, and the 4TB variant drops from $300 to $200.

If you've just built yourself a new Intel 13th Gen Core "Raptor Lake" or AMD Ryzen 7000 series "Zen 4" system, then Sabrent has its Rocket DDR5 memory also on special: the Sabrent Rocket DDR5-4800 in single 16GB DIMM form is down from $180 to $100, while the 32GB DIMM drops from $300 to $150 (50% off!).

Continue reading: Sabrent kicks off its massive Black Friday sales, grab a storage bargain! (full post)

Sabrent's new Rocket nano V2 portable SSD: up to 4TB, smaller than a credit card

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 22, 2022 6:32 PM CST

Sabrent has just unleashed its new Rocket nano v2 portable SSD, its smallest portable SSD ever... and man, it packs quite the punch in its tiny footprint.

Sabrent's new Rocket nano V2 portable SSD (source: Sabrent)

Sabrent's new Rocket nano V2 portable SSD (source: Sabrent)

The new Sabrent Rocket nano v2 portable SSD is a sleek new portable SSD that the company is offering in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities. The portable SSD can drive up to 1.5GB/sec (1500MB/sec) reads which is for all capacities, while the company has used high-grade aerospace aluminum alloy through CNC machining.

Not only does this make the Sabrent Rocket nano V2 portable SSD look good, but the material is durable and perfect for dissipating heat away from the internal components, prolonging the life of the drive. Sabrent also provides a removable silicone sleeve that offers even more protection against drops and debris... perfect considering it's a portable storage powerhouse.

Continue reading: Sabrent's new Rocket nano V2 portable SSD: up to 4TB, smaller than a credit card (full post)

KIOXIA teases CM7 series NVMe PCIe 5.0 server SSDs with AMD EPYC 9004 CPUs

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 10, 2022 1:30 PM CST

KIOXIA has just showcased its next-gen CM7 Series SSDs with their brute-force PCIe 5.0 SSD speeds, alongside AMD's new EPYC 9004 series processors.

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The new KIOXIA CM7 Series SSDs support EDSFF E3.S and 2.5-inch1 (15mm, z-height) form factors and are designed to the NVMe 2.0 and PCIe 5.0 specifications, and are available in two configurations: Read-intensive 1 DWPD2 with capacities up to 30.72TB, and mixed-use 3 DWPD with capacities up to 12.80TB.

Not only that, but KIOXIA includes features like a dual-port design for High Availability (HA) applications, flash die failure protection that maintains reliability in the cases of die failure, and a Self-Encrypting Drive (SED) that supports TCG Opal and TCG Ruby, as well as a SED option of FIPS 140-35.

Continue reading: KIOXIA teases CM7 series NVMe PCIe 5.0 server SSDs with AMD EPYC 9004 CPUs (full post)

KIOXIA's data center SSDs: now qualified for Ampere CPU-based platforms

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 3, 2022 7:39 PM CDT

KIOXIA has announced that it has worked with Ampere to quality its fleet of CD6, CM6, and XD6 Series SSDs with platforms that are based on Ampere's Altra, and Ampere Altra Max Cloud Native Processors.

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The certification testing itself was conducted by Ampere, to make sure that KIOXIA's SSDs were totally compatible, and were hitting max performance. Inside of the world's biggest and most demanding data center workloads are powered by Arm-based servers, which make it imperative (in the words of KIOXIA, but I do agree) that the SSDs inside of them are ready, more than ready.

KIOXIA has a gigantic fleet of SSDs for the data center market, with the company reiterating that the performance demands and latency sensitivities aren't an issue, but also for future enterprise infrastructure requirements. In order to meet the demands of the modern cloud ecosystem, Ampere designed a server microprocessor architecture from the ground up, with its AArch64-based processor pushing performance, scalability, security, and power efficiency that KIOXIA says is uniquely focused on today's hyperscale cloud and edge computing workloads and applications.

Continue reading: KIOXIA's data center SSDs: now qualified for Ampere CPU-based platforms (full post)

Silicon Motion's new SM8366 Gen5 SSD controller teased at 13.6GB/sec

Anthony Garreffa | Oct 20, 2022 6:52 PM CDT

Silicon Motion bought a bag of next-gen goodies to show off at the 2022 OCP Global Summit event, where KIOXIA showed off its next-gen hardware on show, but Silicon Motion had some real delicious storage products being teased.

The new Silicon Motion SM8366 SSD controller in multiple different form factors

The new Silicon Motion SM8366 SSD controller in multiple different form factors

The next-gen Silicon Motion SM8366 SSD controller was there, with the PCIe Gen5 x4 SSD being NVMe 2.0 and OCP Data Center NVMe SSD 2.0 compatible, and programmable standard NVMe, HB-FTL, ZNS FW. But man, those reads are tasty AF... with the SM8366 pushing a huge 14GB/sec sequential I/O, we had some on-the-floor pics showing real-world 13.6GB/sec sequential reads... impressive.

During the show, Silicon Motion showed off an incredible 4K random read of 3.4M IOPS on its new SM8366 SSD controller... yeah, you read that right. 3.4M IOPS!

Silicon Motion was showing off its new SM8366 SSD controller in multiple form factors: U.2, E3.S, E1.S, E1.S 15mm, and E1.S 25mm. The final two in E1.S 15mm and E1.S 25mm have heat sinks, with Silicon Motion reaching out to me and ensuring their 15mm and 25mm offerings with their heat sinks help them provide the correct level fo performance and power scaling, and are compliant with the E1.S form factor specification.

Continue reading: Silicon Motion's new SM8366 Gen5 SSD controller teased at 13.6GB/sec (full post)

KIOXIA's next-gen EDSFF E1.S SSDs for hyperscale data centers released

Anthony Garreffa | Oct 20, 2022 12:48 AM CDT

KIOXIA continues to push forward with enterprise infrastructure dominance, announcing its next-gen XD7P Series SSDs.

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The new KIOXIA XD7P Series SSDs are designed from the ground up for hyperscale and general server applications in the new Enterprise and Data Center Standard Form Factor (EDSFF) E1.S form factor. KIOXIA's new fleet of XD7P Series SSDs is built on the second-generation of E1.S SSDs with Open Compute Project (OCP) Data Center NVMe SSD 2.0 specification support.

KIOXIA's new XD7P Series Data Center NVMe SSDs have improved performance, with up to 2x the sequential write performance and random read/write performance when it's put up against its predecessor. The new drives have been built for PCIe 4.0 and NVMe 2.0 specifications, while KIOXIA teases PCIe 5.0 with its up to 32GT/s of bandwidth per lane is still in development.

Continue reading: KIOXIA's next-gen EDSFF E1.S SSDs for hyperscale data centers released (full post)

CFD Gaming's new PCIe 5.0 SSD: up to 10GB/sec reads, 9.5GB/sec writes

Anthony Garreffa | Oct 16, 2022 11:48 PM CDT

CFD Gaming has just unveiled their new PCIe Gen5 NVMe 2.0 M.2 SSDs that offer next-gen SSD speeds, if you've just upgraded your motherboard and CPU, that is.

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The new CFD Gaming SSD PG5NFZ PCIe Gen5 NVMe 2.0 SSDs come in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities and are powered by Phison's new PS5026-E26 SSD controller, while underneath they're using Micron's new 3D TLC NAND flash memory, offering up to 10GB/sec reads, and up to 9.5GB/sec writes.

Uniquely, the company is using a tiny fan on top of the heat sink of all of their new PCIe 5.0-based SSDs... which will ensure that when the SSD is pumping away at 10GB/sec reads that it's staying nice and cool. Under the fan, the company is using a 20mm heat sink it calls "Phoenix".

Continue reading: CFD Gaming's new PCIe 5.0 SSD: up to 10GB/sec reads, 9.5GB/sec writes (full post)

MSI's new SPATIUM PCIe 5.0 SSD: up to 4TB, up to insane 12GB/sec reads

Anthony Garreffa | Sep 25, 2022 10:05 PM CDT

MSI has just unleashed its next-gen SPATIUM M570 PCIe 5.0 NVMe M.2 HS, a next-gen SSD that pushes read speeds up to a huge 12GB/sec with the latest PCIe Gen5 connectivity.

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MSI's new mean-looking, but holy-heck-it's-fast SPATIUM M570 PCIe 5.0 NVMe M.2 HS SSD

The new MSI SPATIUM M570 PCIe 5.0 NVMe M.2 HS SSD slots into the next-gen PCIe 5.0 standard, but is backward compatible with PCIe 4.0 and PCIe 3.0 systems, while inside MSI is using high-quality 3D NAND flash and "advanced cooling". The new MSI SPATIUM M570 PCIe 5.0 NVMe M.2 HS will be available in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities with varying prices (that we don't know just yet).

Inside, MSI is tapping the new Phison E26 SSD controller that features up to 12.3GB/sec (12,300MB/sec) sequential reads in CrystalDiskMark benchmarks, while writes are up to a huge 10.1GB/sec (10,100MB/sec).

Continue reading: MSI's new SPATIUM PCIe 5.0 SSD: up to 4TB, up to insane 12GB/sec reads (full post)

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