The era of PCI Express 5.0 SSDs will begin in Q3 2022

Several SSDs using PCIe Express 5.0 have already been unveiled. So far though, these have been only announcements of products with no store availability information given whatsoever. Teamgroup has also announced their PCIe 5.0 SSDs now, but in this case, the company has shared when are they supposed to come to market. Thanks to this, it’s finally becoming clear when will you have a chance to make Alder Lake’s PCIe 5.0 useful. Read more “The era of PCI Express 5.0 SSDs will begin in Q3 2022” »

Patriot P400 with Innogrit controller: just 2.5W PCIe 4.0 SSD

Patriot P200 SSD was a notable SATA drive a few years ago, with 1 TB capacity for cheap and decent performance despite being DRAMless. After the NVMe switch with P300, this lineage has produced another interesting SSD: Patriot P400, with the 4 in the name indicating a move to the PCI Express 4.0 interface. For users with suitable motherboards, P400 could prove to be very intersting SSD, and one of the most power efficient yet. Read more “Patriot P400 with Innogrit controller: just 2.5W PCIe 4.0 SSD” »

PCIe 5.0 SSD for Alder Lake: MSI Spatium in card form-factor

This November, Intel Alder Lake CPUs have brought PCI Express 5.0 support to desktop computers (but not notebooks). Its high bandwidth is now of most use for SSDs, but unfortunately the Alder Lake platform does not offer PCI Express for M.2 slots. However we will still get SDDs for PCI Express 5.0. MSI and Phison have now revealed their Spatium disks designed as a card for PCIe 5.0 slots, circumnavigating the absent M.2 support. Read more “PCIe 5.0 SSD for Alder Lake: MSI Spatium in card form-factor” »

Kioxia PCI Express SSD will have speeds up to 14 000 MB/s

PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs have been on the market for more than 2 years, and the newer ones are even able utilize most of its potential. But PCI Express 5.0 will soon be introduced by Intel Alder Lake processors, though only for GPUs for now (×16 slot). But SSD manufacturers are already preparing PCIe 5.0 storage. Kioxia (formerly Toshiba) has shown a prototype NVMe SSD that uses PCI Express 5.0 and can already get speeds up to 14 GB/s. Read more “Kioxia PCI Express SSD will have speeds up to 14 000 MB/s” »

The first PCIe 5.0 ×4 SSD controller, speed up to 14 GB/s

It looks like PCI Express 5.0 SSDs will roll out at slower pace than PCI Express 4.0 ones, but the first controller to use this technology is already coming. Marvell has now unveiled the Bravera SC5 chips, which are to power NVMe modules with read speeds of up to 14 GB/s and 2 million IOPS. To handle this, the chips have ten different ARM cores inside. These SSDs will likely only target servers for now though, not desktops or laptops yet. Read more “The first PCIe 5.0 ×4 SSD controller, speed up to 14 GB/s” »

PCIe 4.0 SSD Patriot Viper VP4300: new controller and two coolers

Patriot is releasing the 2nd generation of their NVMe SSD with PCIe 4.0 interface. The Viper VP4300 boasts a speed of up to 7,400 MB/s and is powered by a so far little-used controller by a new brand – InnoGrit. But it also comes with a interesting cooling solution: it’s fitted with a thick aluminum heatsink for normal desktop use, but a thin copper heat spreader is also included for laptops or SFF PCs, so you’ll get the equipment for both scenarios. Read more “PCIe 4.0 SSD Patriot Viper VP4300: new controller and two coolers” »

Akasa SSD heatsink: really cheap and efficient solution

Simple and optimally milled aluminum plate, sounds like a good basis for some SSD heatsink with the potential to achieve high efficiency at low cost. Fast, easy installation and great compatibility with graphics cards is also quite important, plus the look is not bad. Akasa probably wanted to create an ideal compromise of all the key elements. This could easily became a bestseller because the price is just 4 euros. Read more “Akasa SSD heatsink: really cheap and efficient solution” »

Adata XPG Storm: good looking but not efficient

16,500 rpm is extreme. A tiny fan in the unique SSD cooler by Adata can run at such a speed. We expected that it will be possible to regulate it and choose a reasonable setting, but there is no compromise in this design, and frankly, so many imperfections make it very difficult to see something positive about this product, which is a shame because the “core“ is pretty effective. Read more “Adata XPG Storm: good looking but not efficient” »

Small VRAM heatsink on a SSD NVMe? Cheap and efficient…

After the review of SSD coolers, we found some long-forgotten GPU memory heatsinks. Of course, we tested them right away and the results were excellent. It makes us wonder if (and when) is it worth to pay for commercial solutions, because a set of these small “hedgehogs“ costs up to five euros and one packing is usually enough for more uses. Read more “Small VRAM heatsink on a SSD NVMe? Cheap and efficient…” »