AMD, Phison, and Micron demo a Ryzen 7000 CPU an 10,000 MB/s PCIe 5.0 SSD
Faster SSDs are on the horizon, and this demo drive is just the beginning
Published: 3rd August 2022 | Source: Tom's Hardware |
Phison demos a 10 GB/s SSD with a Ryzen 7000 series processor and Micron's 232-layer 3D NAND
During this year's Flash Memory Summit, Phison has showcased a new SSD that's based on the company's PCIe 5.0 E26 SSD controller. This experimental SSD was tested with Micron's latest 232-layer 3D NAND (more info here) and with an AMD Ryzen 7000 series processor on an AM5 motherboard. Using this hardware configuration, Phison was able to showcase sequential read/write speed of over 10,000 MB/s.
Phison's experimental SSD uses the standard 2280 (22mm x 80mm) M.2 SSD form factor, and Tom's Hardware has confirmed that this SSD test model uses unfinished SSD firmware and does not use Micron's 232-layer 3D NAND to its fullest potential. Firmware tweaks should allow this SSD to achieve higher performance levels, with Phison already claiming that their E26 SSD controller can deliver speeds of up to 12 GB/s.
Currently, the NAND flash in Phison's test SSD runs its NAND at 1600 MT/s, but the NAND can support much higher speeds of 2000 MT/s. This change alone should enable a healthy performance increase for Phison, enabling higher levels of performance for users. Phison aims to deliver SSDs that can offer users 12/11 GBps sequential read/write speeds with their E26 SSD controller, and 1.5/2 million random read/write IOPS for consumer-level SSDs.
Earlier this year, Phison, AMD, and Micron teamed up to bring PCIe 5.0 storage to the consumer PC market faster. This collaboration will allow early PCIe 5.0 SSDs to become available later this year. These SSD launches will likely coincide with the launch of AMD's Ryzen 7000 series CPUs and their PCIe 5.0 compatible AM5 motherboard platforms.
One noteworthy aspect of this SSD test is that Phison's PCIe 5.0 SSD does not feature a heatsink. This implies that PCIe 5.0 SSDs will be usable without an attached heatsink, though heavy sustained loads will likely result in PCIe 5.0 SSDs overheating, like many of today's high-end PCIe 4.0 SSDs.
Phison has previously stated that heatsinks are required to deliver peak performance from their SSDs, as SSD controllers can get hot under heavy loads, and the compact M.2 form factor gives SSDs little space for heat dissipation.
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