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Blazing fast PCIe 5.0 SSD prototype hits sequential read speeds of 14,000 MB/s

Kioxia's first PCIe 5.0 SSD prototype comes very close to a read speed of 15GB per second (Image: Weixin)
Kioxia's first PCIe 5.0 SSD prototype comes very close to a read speed of 15GB per second (Image: Weixin)
As if modern solid state drives weren't already fast enough, Kioxia has now presented the technical data of its first PCIe 5.0 SSD prototype that delivers an impressive performance both while reading and writing data.

Advancements in the storage segment are the unsung heroes in today's world of computing. While many users tend to focus on the speed of their CPU, GPU or even the higher refresh rate of their displays, the increasingly quick solid state drives are in part responsible for the performance improvements of Sony's and Microsoft's next-gen consoles. But while the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S rely on PCIe 4.0 SSDs, a Japanese memory manufacturer is already finalizing the development of its blazing fast PCIe 5.0 storage solutions.

In a recent presentation, Kioxia has now revealed how quick PCIe 5.0 SSDs can truly be. While the throughput of the PCIe 5.0 interface at 32GB/s per lane is exactly twice as high compared to PCIe 4.0, the company's first prototype has apparently reached sequential read speeds as high as 14,000MB/s. That is also twice as fast as Kioxia's currently top of the line PCIe 4.0 drive.

Even though these read speeds certainly seem impressive, the write speeds of Kioxia's PCIe 5.0 SSD are similarly spectacular. The official benchmark says the drive can reach sequential write speeds of 7,000MB/s, which is a 67% improvement to the predecessor. Overall, these speeds seem to be absolute overkill for most use cases, which is why these drives are intended for use in a professional server setting. Nevertheless, the rapid advancements in storage speeds certainly deserve more attention than the often incremental upgrades in the CPU and GPU sector.

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Enrico Frahn, 2021-09-24 (Update: 2021-09-24)