The next-generation interface standard for connecting items like SSDs to motherboards is already here – PCIe 5.0 – but it’s only now that compatible SSDs are starting to appear.
Version 5.0 promises to be twice as fast as 5.0, helping to unlock the full potential of the faster speeds typical of SSDs compared to HDDs.
While the technology is already in place, many SSDs, especially in lower end models, continue to use the older PCIe 3.0 connection to keep costs down for consumers. money.
PCIe 5.0 SSD
The first model to meet the new standard appears to be the Gigabyte Aorus Gen5 10000.
According to Gigabyte website (opens in new tab), it is available in 1 TB and 2 TB sizes that are capable of 9,500 MB/s and 10,000 MB/s sequential read speeds, and 8,500 MB/s and 9,500 MB/s sequential write speeds, respectively, making the 2TB the best performing of the two is. This makes it 37% faster than a typical PCIe 4.0 SSD.
To achieve these impressive numbers, the SSDs will be subjected to a massive heat sink – heat carries the risk of data loss and even Gigabyte admits this on its product page.
The Aorus Gen5 10000 is available with an optional passive thermal protection with a special nano-carbon coating, but this will be both expensive and bulky, which can cause compatibility issues even if a motherboard can support the physical PCIe 5.0 connection.
However, at that price it seems to be sold out online Tom’s hardware (opens in new tab) saw the 2TB version on sale at Amazon (opens in new tab) for $679.89.
A second PCIe 5.0 SSD has been spotted – a Microcenter proprietary brand – which is also a lot cheaper. The Inland TD510 is a 2TB model that settles for active cooling and costs $349.99.
While the latest and greatest command large sums of money right now, it’s vital to keep a close eye on the technology, as it’s likely to infiltrate even the humblest of consumer units in a few years’ time.