Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Corsair MP700: M.2 SSD with PCIe 5.0 should reach 10 GB/s


Image: Corsair

The launch of AMD Ryzen 7000 and AM5 motherboards this fall will be accompanied by the first consumer PCIe 5.0 SSDs. Corsair now offers a first look at the next generation of SSDs: the Corsair MP700 SSD with PCIe 5.0 in M.2 form factor.

Corsair MP700 SSD with PCIe 5.0

Like Corsair in a Web page For manufacturer components compatible with the new AMD platform, the Corsair MP700 will support PCIe 5.0 x4 and NVMe 2.0. At its peak, the M.2 SSD reads data at 10,000 MB/s and writes at 9,500 MB/s. With this generation at the latest, it makes sense to convert this to 10 GB/s and 9.5 GB/s.

In a graph, Corsair compares the performance of the MP700 with PCIe 5.0 to that of the MP600 Pro XT (test) with PCIe 4.0 and the MP510 (test) with PCIe 3.0. While the maximum performance almost doubles going from the MP510 to the MP600 Pro XT, the gain of the MP700 is relatively less.

Corsair MP700 SSD preview with PCIe 5.0 (Image: Corsair)

Whether this is due to limitations of the SSD itself or the platform remains to be seen. SSD controller maker Phison recently demoed the prototype of a Phison E26 M.2 SSD in a Ryzen 7000 system and also “only” managed around 10 GB/s. In an earlier demo (Video) the E26 managed more than 12 GB/s.

It is an obvious assumption that Corsair will use the Phison E26 for the MP700. Because Phison chips were already used in the MP600 family and also in the MP510.

Ryzen 7000 accompanies a fleet of PCIe 5.0 SSDs

AMD partners with Phison to launch the new AM5 platform. Ultimately, both benefit from PCIe 5.0 support as an additional selling point. The first Phison E26 PCIe 5.0 SSDs are expected to kick off sales of the AMD Ryzen 7000 and associated AM5 motherboards, which are expected to take place in September.

AMD provides platform for new NVMe SSDs with PCIe 5.0
AMD provides platform for new NVMe SSDs with PCIe 5.0

In addition to Corsair, other manufacturers such as Gigabyte, MSI or Seagate will jump on the bandwagon. Less well-known manufacturers Apacer and Zadak have already shown PCIe 5.0 SSD designs in M.2 form factor with a cooler, but have promised higher transfer rates of up to 13 GB/s. Micron also wants to get involved under the Crucial subsidiary brand. It remains to be seen what driver technology Micron uses.

Apacer AS2280F5 PCIe 5.0 SSD
Apacer AS2280F5 PCIe 5.0 SSD (Image: Apacer)
Zadak TWSG5 PCIe 5.0 SSD
Zadak TWSG5 PCIe 5.0 SSD (Image: Zadak)
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