The first PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSD is now available. It was released by the Japanese manufacturer CFD Gaming. Unfortunately, the novelty can only be purchased in Japan. However, its appearance on sale may hint that other SSD manufacturers may also begin implementing their solutions in the near future, and at the same time with a wider sales geography.
Japanese company CFD Gaming was one of the first to introduce NVMe 2.0 SSDs with read speeds up to 10 GB/s and support for the new PCIe 5.0 interface. It was expected that consumer SSDs of the new standard will appear on sale last year, but something forced manufacturers to delay their release.
The PG5NFZ PCIe 5.0 drive series unveiled by CFD Gaming will include 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB models. They use 232-layer 3D TLC NAND flash memory chips from Micron, as well as PS5026-E26 memory controllers from Phison. Also, the novelty is equipped with 4 GB of DDR4 cache. The PG5NFZ PCIe 5.0 SSD model claims up to 10 GB/s sequential read and 9.5 GB/s sequential write. The performance of new items in random read and write operations is 1.5 and 1.2 million IOPS, respectively.
According to the Japanese edition of Akiba-PC, at the moment only the CFD Gaming SSD PG5NFZ PCIe 5.0 model with a capacity of 2 TB can be found on sale. Versions for 1 and 4 TB have not yet reached the sellers. The cost of this novelty is 49,980 yen (about $385). Please note that this price includes VAT. Without it, the cost of a PCIe 5.0 SSD is about 13% higher than the current flagship Samsung 990 Pro drive of the same volume, but with a PCIe 4.0 interface.
The CFD Gaming SSD PG5NFZ PCIe 5.0 is equipped with an active cooling system with a small fan. The manufacturer does not specify whether the novelty can be used without the specified cooling system. However, the company recommends that before installing it, make sure that the computer case you are using provides an adequate supply of fresh air.
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