SSD manufacturers have started teasing their upcoming PCIe Gen 5 storage solutions with AORUS being the latest to give us a glimpse of their upcoming Gen5 10000 SSD.
AORUS's Gen5 10000 SSD Is A PCIe Gen 5.0 Compliant M.2 NVMe Storage Solution With Rated Speeds of Up To 12.5 GB/s
The AORUS Gen5 10000 SSD is based on the PCIe Gen 5.0 protocol and conforms to the NVMe 2.0 and M.2 standards. The SSD will be a high-end solution when it launches in the market and we can expect an announcement later this month when AMD unveils its Gen 5-ready AM5 platform which is the targeted ecosystem for the new SSD solutions.
As for the product itself, AORUS did give us a glimpse of the Gen5 10000 SSD, featuring a standard 2280 M.2 form factor and what seems to be top-layer graphene or copper pad that will absorb heat from the NAND, DRAM, and controller underneath it. AORUS has been mostly reliant on the Phison high-end SSD controller series for its past Gen 4 drives so we can expect the use of their brand new E26 controller.
AORUS has also shared some performance metrics which may be from an early sample but show really good results. The Sequential Read speeds are rated at 12.5 GB/s while the write speeds are rated at 10 GB/s. Compared to Corsair's recently revealed MP700 PCIe Gen 5 SSD, that's an uplift of 25% in Read and 11% in write speeds. One more thing, AORUS's current fastest PCIe Gen 4 SSD, the Gen4 7000 is rated at up to 7000/5500 MB/s speeds and comes with a heatsink solution. The Gen5 drive offers up to 79% better performance without the need of a heatsink though it might be good to use one.
Press Release: GIGABYTE Technology, one of the top global manufacturers of motherboards, graphics cards, and hardware solutions, announces today the latest AORUS Gen5 10000 SSD with 10 GB/s read speed. Enhanced by the new generation PCIe 5.0 controller with ultra-fast 3D-TLC NAND Flash, AORUS Gen5 10000 SSD provides boosted performance of more than 55% over PCIe 4.0 SSDs and comes in 1 TB to 4 TB capacity variants using an M.2 2280 interface to deliver easy installation and superb capability. Additionally, the separate SSD and heatsink offers more flexibility in system build and thermal options for users. GIGABYTE's exclusive SSD Tool Box application provides users real-time status of SSD to leverage performance, thermal, stability and capability.
AORUS Gen5 10000 SSD equips the latest Phison PS5026-E26 8-channel controller, providing users with the ultimate control of random read speed. Along with an over 200-layer stack structure, maximum 2400MT/s bandwidth 3D-TLC NAND Flash, and LPDDR4 cache design, AORUS Gen5 10000 SSD unleashes the full potential of PCIe 5.0 performance with 10 GB/s ultra-fast access speed, which is a 40% increase over the last generation. Enhanced by the multi-core architecture PS5026-E26 controller, AORUS Gen5 10000 SSD not only improves AI multitasking operations, but takes content creators, gamers, and users eager for extreme performance to the next level.
At the same time, GIGABYTE R&D team continues to verify next-generation NAND Flash and components, which can further boost performance and access speed to more than 12 GB/s. This prepares GIGABYTE to be the first mover in the market while bringing users the premium performance of PCIe 5.0 SSD with the distinguished power of GIGABYTE engineering.
Normally, high-speed SSDs generate massive amounts of heat during full-speed operation, and thermal throttling is activated as a protection to prevent data loss and wear on the memory chips and controllers, however, it slows down the transfer rate and performance. As many of the new generations of motherboards already incorporate a built-in M.2 heatsink, the AORUS Gen5 10000 SSD is specially designed to with an easily removable full-covered copper heatsink. Users can flexibly choose to use the built-in heatsink on their motherboards or the enclosed heatsink with AORUS Gen5 10000 SSD according to their needs.
The AORUS Gen5 10000 SSD features an NVMe M.2 interface design. To release the breakthrough performance of 10 GB/s read speed, PCIe 5.0 supported motherboards, GIGABYTE new generation motherboards, Z690 and above, are highly recommended to take advantage of this new technology. Enhanced by R&D's professional adjustment, comprehensive verification, and monitoring software, GIGABYTE motherboards with more stability and optimized performance are definitely the best choice for users.
Currently, there's no word on final availability nor pricing but we do know that several storage manufacturers, including Samsung, ADATA, TEAMGROUP, and others are working on their next-generation PCIe Gen 5 SSD solutions for a formal launch later this year. The new SSDs will offer full compliance with the Microsoft DirectStorage API & AMD's Smart Access Storage (SAS) technologies. It is interesting to see that most of the Gen 5 SSD manufacturers have chosen AMD for a demo of their next-gen Gen 5 SSD solutions including Phison itself.