PCIe 4.0: MSI is planning its first own SSDs with 7 GB/s
Like Gigabyte before, MSI will jump on the bandwagon faster than Mass Storage and will soon be launching SSDs under its own brand. At CES 2021 there was only a small preview of the M.2 SSDs with heat sinks, which should offer transfer rates of 7 GB/s reading and 6.9 GB/s writing via PCIe 4.0.
Im MSI spoke about the company's first ever SSDs live stream at CES. Two different designs with different coolers were shown, which apparently share the key data mentioned.
These includesequential transfer rates of 7,000 MB/s reading and 6,900 MB/s writing, PCIe 4.0 x4 as interface and TLC-NAND-Flash with up to 4 TB of usable storage space. The components not specified in detail should be placed on a 10-layer PCB. At the time of the market launch, only a “coming soon” was mentioned for the soon-to-be publication. In the video below, the presentation can be seen from 15:59.
One can already speculate about the hardware used. Even if several controllers could be considered with a read speed of around 7 GB/s, the write rate limits the selection to the Phison E18 . Because this is with even up to 7,000 MB/s when writingSpecified.
With the Aorus NVMe Gen4 SSD, the competitor Gigabyte presented one of the first PCIe 4.0 SSDs in summer 2019, which uses the E18 predecessor Phison E16 with up to 5 GB/s. With the new Gigabyte Aorus Gen4 7000s including Phison E18, performance values similar to those of the MSI SSDs should be achieved.