To justify such prices, performance will have to improve dramatically… and not just on the benches!
The launch of the Intel Alder Lake platform at the end of last year was an opportunity to talk more seriously about PCI Express 5.0, but the SSDs able to exploit this interface were slow to emerge.
From 1 to 4 TB with a large heatsink
The Japanese retailer Kakaku is the first to integrate such storage solutions into its catalog. In this case, these are PCIe 5.0 SSDs signed by the CFD Gaming brand, so to speak unknown in France.
There are three references for the moment, the CSSD-M2M1TPG5NFZ, CSSD-M2M2TPG5NFZ and CSSD-M2M4TPG5NFZ respectively for fairly standard capacities of 1 TB, 2 TB and 4 TB.
More surprisingly, CFD Gaming only mentions a 3-year warranty while the performance is rather in the low range of what was mentioned during the first announcements: up to 10 GB / s in sequential reading, 9, 5 GB sequential write and 1,500K IOPS.
Nearly 400 euros for the 1 TB SSD
In the photos, we will note the presence of an imposing heat sink which is even surmounted by a small fan. No information is given about the latter: let’s hope it only runs rarely.
Remains the most interesting and the most disturbing at the same time. Indeed, the prices are 57,420 yen for the 1 TB version (~390 euros), 114,840 yen for the 2 TB (~810 euros) and 229,680 yen for the 4 TB (~1620 euros).
For comparison, Western Digital’s WD_Black SN850X can be found at 150 euros (1 TB), 300 euros (2 TB) or 700 euros (4 TB), and this, while French taxes and conversion are taken into account. monetary.
There is no doubt that the first PCIe 5.0 SSDs will therefore be overpriced and that it will be very difficult to justify such an expense. Keep in mind, however, that these prices are not yet official and that Kakaku has since withdrawn its listings. We can always dream of more affordable prices…
Source : WCCFTech