The world of technology doesn’t stop! Proof of this is that after the impact of PCIe 4.0 SSDs, especially on next-gen consoles, major memory manufacturers are already focused on what’s next! That is, SSDs supporting the new standard, PCIe 5.0.
Samsung and ADATA have already started betting on PCIe 5.0 SSDs
So, with the CES 20220 (whether physical or purely online) about to start, we’ve already started to see some very interesting announcements from some leading manufacturers. As is the case of Samsung and also Adata! Manufacturers that apparently are giving their all to be the first to launch SSD storage drives, supporting the new high-speed standard, PCIe 5.0.
We are talking about the “Nighthawk” and “Blackbird” projects by Adata, which will double the maximum speed of current PCIe 4.0 SSDs. This, by offering read speeds of around 14GB/s, and writing speeds of 10~12GB/s. In addition to speed, they will be drives very focused on density, as both products will have a minimum of 8TB of storage capacity.
However, on the Samsung side, we have a new drive called the PM1743, which apparently will be more focused on the business world. Making use of a proprietary controller, while also using the company’s sixth generation V-NAND memory. This SSD will offer sequential read speeds of 13GB/s (2500K IOPS) and 6.6GB/s write speeds.
As you may have already noticed, Samsung’s product does not offer the same performance relative to what ADATA is announcing. This is because the big focus is really on energy efficiency, with the South Korean giant announcing a bandwidth of 608MB/s per Watt. In other words, an efficiency increase of around 30%, compared to the last generation of SSDs.
Both Samsung and ADATA have plans to begin mass production of their new drives during the first quarter of 2022.