Samsung and Adata are both teasing PCIe 5.0 SSDs ahead of January’s big CES event. With read/write speeds of up to 14/12 GBps, this next-generation solid-state storage is essentially twice as fast as the fastest PCIe 4.0 drives.
Adata teased two prototypes of its first PCIe 5.0 NVMe M.2 SSDs with capacities up to 8TB. The so-called Project Nighthawk SSD is designed using a Silicon Motion SM2508 controller capable of sequential read/write speeds of up to 14/12GBps, while the Project Blackbird SSD has an InnoGrit IG5666 controller for 14/10GBps read/write speeds . Hopefully, Adata will provide more details at CES starting January 5, unless COVID derails it again.
Samsung, meanwhile, just announced the PM1743 PCIe NVMe SSD, equipped with Samsung’s 6th generation v-NAND and a proprietary controller that supports the PCIe 5.0 interface. The company targets enterprise customers with the promise of 30 percent improved energy efficiency and advanced security features.
The PM1743 is capable of sequential read speeds of up to 13GBps (random read speed of 2500K IOPS) and sequential write speeds of up to 6.6GBps (random write speed of 250K IOPS). The PM1743 SSD will be available in capacities ranging from 1.92 TB to 15.36 TB, and is currently being tested by chipset and server manufacturers ahead of mass production in Q1 2022.