MSI pushes Spatium SSDs to PCIe 5.0

MSI has unveiled new versions of the Spatium SSDs, including three variants of PCIe 5.0 interface.

The new MSI Spatium M570 SSDs are one of the first PCIe 5.0 models to be officially unveiled. The SSDs will be made by MSI in conjunction with Phison, who will provide the PS5026-E26 storage controllers for MSI’s SSDs. In a press release from MSI, the two companies also claim to collaborate more often in the future.

NVMe SSDs can achieve faster read and write speeds through the new PCIe 5.0 interface. MSI promises sequential read speeds of more than 12 GB/s and write speeds of more than 10 GB/s for the Spatium M570 SSDs. In addition, the PCIe 5.0 alternatives would also operate 70 percent faster in RAID 0 setups than PCIe 4.0 predecessors.

The new Spatium M570 SSDs come in 1 TB, 2 TB, and 4 TB volumes. Little is known about prices and exact release dates.

In addition to the new Spatium M570 variants, MSI is also renewing the Spatium M470 (PCIe 4.0) with a new ‘HS’ option. The SSD has the same sequential read speed of 5 GB/s as before, this time with a write speed of 4.5 GB/s (previously 4.4 GB/s). Nevertheless, it is mainly the new heatsink (HS) that has to renew the product.

Like its faster M570 brethren, the Spatium M470 HS is also wrapped in a bronze-gold colored heat conductor, which according to MSI allows the SSDs to function up to 20 degrees cooler (in the heaviest cases).

MSI itself points to the MEG Z690 Godlike as one of the first (own) motherboards that supports NVMe SSDs with PCIe 5.0. Such motherboards are currently the exception rather than the rule, although the upcoming rollout of AMD’s X670(E) chipset will bring more options for PCIe 5.0 interfaces to Intel’s Z690 chipset.

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