MSI is getting ever closer to PCIe 5.0 x4 interface speed limit with its Spatium M570 Pro M.2 SSD touting 14GB/s read and 12GB/s write.
Packing Phison’s PS5026-E26 controller alongside 3D NAND flash and connecting via a PCIe 5.0 x4 M.2 slot, the M570 Pro reaches 14.17GB/s sequential read and 12.04GB/s sequential write, with random 4K access topping at 83.08MB/s read and 325.21MB/s write using the Lightning Gen 5 M.2 slot on MSI’s MPG X670E Carbon WIFI motherboard.
This is not the first time we hear about the M570 Pro, as MSI did announce it previously. But back then the claimed speeds didn’t exceed 12.3GB/s read and 11.8GB/s write, meaning the brand has managed to squeeze more performance out of its hardware via firmware optimisations or otherwise. What is also new is that in order to provide such speeds, the SSD seems to require a large active-cooling solution which may not be worth the extra couple hundred MB/s if it turns out to be noisy. Personally, I’d rather have less performance using a passive solution.
Assuming the hardware is the same on this faster model, we should see 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB models powered by Micron 232-layer TLC NAND chips and offering 3,000TBW durability on the largest variant.
This sounds like a beast of a storage solution bound to satisfy performance junkies. Gone are the days where we looked at a slow-advancing installation bar. If only Internet broadband could get as fast sooner.