June, 2019

World's First PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSD Announced by Gigabyte


In a pre-Computex press release, Gigabite mentioned that it would be releasing the world’s first PCIe 4.0 Interface M.2 SSD. Gigabite is one of the very few computer tech companies to design workstation grade motherboards that are compatible with NVIDIA's Quadro graphics cards for professional individuals. This company is not exactly the first brand you would think of when it comes to storage. In fact, they have been somewhat conservative when it comes to their storage market expansions and only released their first SATA SSD last year.

Gigabyte shares a tiny paragraph about its intention to release the world's first PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD at Computex next week. It says that the new SSDs will be particularly welcomed by pros, especially video editors, thanks to the "5000MB/s read/write speeds in low temperatures". Any other details such as pricing, capacity, availability are currently unknown but we expect to learn them at Computex.

Confirming what everyone is expecting, Gigabyte adds that the timing of this super-fast PCIe 4 SSD release is to coincide with the release of the latest AMD platform. They don't name it, but it is obviously the new AMD X570 chipset motherboards we expect to come along with the Ryzen 3000 series 7nm Zen 2 architecture desktop CPUs.

One of the benefits of PCIe 4.0 is more bandwidth for potentially faster speeds. PCIe 4.0 effectively doubles the bandwidth of PCIe 3.0. It is 16GT/s versus 8GT/s, a much more significant leap from PCIe 2.0 (5GT/s) to PCIe 3.0. PCIe 2.0 itself has twice the bandwidth of the original PCIe 1.0 (2.5GT/s). That means that PCIe 4.0 x16 could deliver as much as 31.5GB/s of bandwidth, versus 15.75GB/s for PCIe 3.0 x16.

How fast are these Gigabyte M.2 SSDs? According to the company’s statement, they can reach 5000MB/s read/write speeds in “low temperatures”. The fastest SATA SSDs in comparison typically reach 550MB/s read and 540MB/s write speeds.

The advent of PCIe 4.0 support on motherboards will result in new NVMe SSDs with even faster performance. But no matter how good new PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs will be, they may still fall victim to logical and physical failures that will lead to critical data inaccessibility. ACE Data Recovery team is excited to see new PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs and will gladly help their owners with their data recovery needs.