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Introducing two NVMe SSDs with PCI-E 5.0

Introducing two NVMe SSDs with PCI-E 5.0

From Maximilian Huhm
Galax has introduced two NVMe SSDs with PCI-E 5.0. It’s supposed to be faster than PCI-E 4.0-equipped SSDs, but it doesn’t even begin to exhaust the specs. SSDs are actively cooled, have DRAM cached and not yet available. Read more about this below.

PCI-E 5.0 is one of the unique selling points of Intel’s Socket 1700 platform and AM5’s AM5 platform. Both systems support PCI-E 5.0 for graphics card only, NVMe SSD only, or both, depending on the chipset. However, what sets it apart is that there are no PCI-E 5.0-enabled graphics cards nor purchasable SSDs. The latter is at least partially rendered and the first performance forecasts are available, but there is still a lot of information circulating.

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This is now partly changing with the Galax HOF Extreme 50 SSDs. Hardware enthusiasts know the Hall of Fame (HOF) acronym for Nvidia’s fast white pixel accelerators with massive PCBs and all imaginable overclocking features, but now there are two SSDs of one and two TB capacities. It is kept in a combination of white and silver, so that it can be clearly assigned to the HOF series. The larger model should achieve read and write rates of 10,000 and 9,500 MB/s, and 1,500,000 and 1,200,000 IOPS. On the other hand, the smaller SSD finishes at 9,500 and 8,500MB/s in the read and write tests as well as 1,300,000 and 1,250,000 IOPS.

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This means that the SSD isn’t quite as extreme as its name suggests, since models with sequential read rates in the 12GB/s range are already in the works. SSDs are equipped with an active cooler and fan, offer an unspecified Phison controller and 232-layer NAND memory. The DRAM cache consists of DDR4 memory. Nothing is known about pricing yet, and while the models don’t appear to be the fastest PCI-E 5.0 SSDs, expect them to be quite expensive.

Source: galaxy & Cards video