Storage News - Page 5
Announced not that long ago, MSI's new SPATIUM M570 Pro series of Gen5 SSDs featuring the cutting-edge PHISON E26 PCIe Gen 5 SSD controller, 3D NAND flash, and custom-tuned active cooling system promised to deliver record-breaking 14 GB/s read speeds.
At Computex 2023, we saw it in action, where the promise of up to 14 GB/s read speeds was not only true - but sitting at exactly 14,520.75 MB/s read (14.5 GB/s) and 12,409.09 MB/s write. That alone is incredible when you factor in that most PCIe Gen5 offerings currently top out at just over 10 GB/s. However, what really grabbed our attention was that the SSD temperature was only 44 degrees Celsius during the benchmark.
How MSI has managed to keep the new SPATIUM M570 Pro cool won't be a mystery once you take a look at its size, as this is a PCIe Gen5 SSD with a custom cooler that is quite large for an SSD - and it even includes a sizable fan.
TEAMGROUP is headed to Computex 2023, and under its "Dazzle, Chill, Integrate" banner, the company is set to showcase several new products ranging from new high-speed memory kits, a funky new RGB-lit AIO cooler, and even PCIe Gen5 M.2 SSD storage with active cooling that can hit sequential read and write speeds of over 12,000MB/s and 11,000MB/s.
The T-FORCE DARK AirFlow Cooler Series, Gen5 M.2 PCIe SSD in particular, looks impressive and is the flagship Gen5 SSD from TEAMGROUP. The company notes that it has designed the heatsink specifically for the drive, which includes aluminum fins, heat pipes, and an active fan.
TEAMGROUP is best known for its memory solutions. At Computex, we'll see several new T-FORCE products, including T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB DDR5 Gaming Overclocking Memory and T-FORCE XTREEM DDR5 Overclocking Memory. Both feature frequencies starting from 7,000MHz to 8,266MHz, so you're looking at some pretty incredible speeds backed up by excellent cooling and stylish designs.
Sabrent's new Rocket Q 2230 SSD, available in 2TB capacity, not only fits in Valve's Steam Deck but also delivers exceptional PCIe Gen4 performance and offers enough space to install several games. It's also compatible with the new ASUS ROG Ally PC gaming handheld, so it's a great choice for portable gaming fans.
Sabrent has put the new Rocket Q to the test inside a Steam Deck at its labs, and the results are impressive, with sequential read speeds of over 3,5000 MB/s and write speeds of over 3,200 MB/s. With Valve allowing for game installs to be copied over a network to a Steam Deck, you'll have enough speed to make a dent in the 2TB capacity in no time. Not to mention the benefit of faster load times to get into the action.
Specs-wise, the Rocket Q 2230 SSD offers speeds of up to 5,000 MB/s and 800K IOPS in a small package with 176-layer Micron TLC NAND flash and a fast 12nm Phison E21T SSD controller. Sabrent notes that the Rocket Q 2230 SSD has been designed with portable gaming devices like the Steam Deck, with an eye toward improving load times, capacity, and long-term reliability.
KIOXIA has announced a new affordable range of PCIe Gen4 SSDs, the BG6 Series, the first to use the company's new 6th generation BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory. This means a performance uplift of 1.7 times its predecessor - the KIOXIA BG5 Series.
Using the M.2 2230 and M.2 2280 form factors, the KIOXIA BG6 Series has been designed to deliver speed at an affordable price point, with capacities of 256 GB, 512 GB, 1,024 GB, and 2,048 GB available. This ensures compatibility across various devices, from PCs to laptops to embedded devices and even something like Valve's Steam Deck.
Making full use of the PCIe Gen4 interface, the BG6 Series supports up to 6,000 MB/s sequential read and 5,300 MB/s sequential write (tested using the 1TB capacity variant) - which is a big jump over the BG5 Series' up to 3,500 MB/s sequential read and 2,900 MB/s sequential write.
The inventor of NAND flash memory, KIOXIA, is set to debut its latest breakthroughs at Dell Technologies World next week - headlined by the new server-ready SSDs with PCIe Gen5 technology. KIOXIA notes that its presence at the show will focus on the benefits of PCIe 5.0 SSDs over PCIe 4.0 SSDs in real-world server and storage configurations and workloads.
As reported the other day, KIOXIA is leading the charge with the first EDSFF drives (Enterprise and Datacenter Standard Form Factor) using PCIe Gen5 technology - the KIOXIA CD7 Series EDSFF E3.S Data Center SSDs. Now we can add CM7 Series Enterprise NVMe E3.S drives on Dell Technologies servers to the line-up.
It's also partnered with Dell Technologies for an AI-driven pop-up manufacturing demo that will feature AI, KIOXIA CM6 Series SSDs, and an NVIDIA GPU to showcase real-time manufacturing and quality control with the aid of AI. Very cool.
Solidigm's latest flash memory storage solution for mainstream and read-intensive workloads is the Solidigm D5-P5430 QLC SSD. Designed and optimized for read-intensive apps - your virtual desktop infrastructures and communications - the PCIe Gen4 QLC SSD offers substantial storage density while delivering read performance perfect for mainstream workloads.
Solidigm describes these workloads as typically 80% reads, with massive amounts of data at high throughput, covering everything from content delivery to video-on-demand, object storage, decision support systems, and email.
The new Solidigm D5-P5430 QLC SSD are also designed as drop-in replacements for existing compatible leading TLC NAND-based PCIe SSDs, offering an increase in storage density, 18% lower energy costs, and up to 14% more lifetime writes - some impressive stats to be sure, which all help to reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
KIOXIA has launched a new line of data center NVMe SSDs, the first EDSFF drives (Enterprise and Datacenter Standard Form Factor), using PCIe Gen5 technology for improved speed and performance. The new KIOXIA CD7 E3.S SSDs are shipping on select Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Systems.
The new CD7 SSDs present cutting-edge flash storage optimized for server and rack configuration and power efficiency.
The EDSFF E3.S NVMe SSDs are the next evolution of the standard 2.5-inch form factor, providing more densely layered deployment (1.5 to 2X) in the same rack unit compared to more conventional 2.5-inch drives. KIOXIA notes that the smaller size also improves the cooling and thermal characteristics of the storage setup.
Patriot Group is teasing an upcoming reveal for a new super-fast PCIe Gen5 SSD it plans to showcase at Computex, the Patriot Viper PV553. Based on the specs seen so far, it could end up being one of the fastest PCIe Gen5 x4 M.2 SSDs on the market, with a sequential read speed of 12.4GB/s and a sequential write speed of 11.8GB/s.
Computex 2023 kicks off in a few weeks and will see tech companies from across the globe get together to showcase new products, announce partnerships, and lift the lid on a few surprises. The Patriot Viper PV553 will be on hand at the California-based company's booth alongside new memory kits with Viper Xtreme 5 DDR5 extreme performance and mainstream performance memory.
Outside of the reported speed, there's not a lot of other information currently available for the new Patriot Viper PV553 SSDs. We don't have info on what controller or NAND technology will be used.
Calling all Steam Deck and Microsoft Surface owners, Sabrent is offering a sizable $50 off its Rocket 2230 1TB NVMe SSD - currently listed at USD 109.99 on Sabret's official site and storefront.
Thanks to the popularity of portable devices like Vavles Steam Deck, we've noticed more smaller form factor 2230 Gen4 NVMe SSDs appear on the market - but this one from Sabrent stands out among the pack. As per our review of the Sabrent Rocket 2230 1TB NVMe SSD earlier this year, it's safe to say that this is a perfect choice if you're considering upgrading your Steam Deck's internal storage.
"Exceptional gaming performance sets the Rocket 4 2230 apart from the rest of its kind," Jon Coulter wrote, adding that the smaller size makes it an ideal choice for portable systems because performance is on par with many drives three times its size. CrystalDiskMark benchmarks from our review showcased impressive sequential read and write speeds for Sabrent's 2230 SSD of 4813.44 and 4853.33 MB/s, respectively.
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."