SSDs with PCIe 5.0 interface also suffer from it

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AMD’s Ryzen 7000 and Intel’s 13th-generation Core processors haven’t come alone. If we look beyond the innovations that the engineers of these two companies have introduced in the microarchitecture of these chips we will find ourselves face to face with one of the standards with which these CPUs are prepared to live: PCI Express 5.0 (PCIe 5.0).

Actually this specification is not new at all. The PCI-SIG consortium, which is responsible for defining the characteristics that PCI connection interfaces must comply with, released it in May 2019. And, in addition, 12th generation Intel Core processors with Alder Lake microarchitecture also support this standard .

However, it is now that it is beginning to attract the attention of hardware enthusiasts due to the fact that they are arriving early consumer devices that implement it. As expected, the most advanced are SSD drives, although there is no doubt that little by little it will make its way into other components, such as graphics cards.

SSDs with PCIe 5.0 interface promise, although their cooling gives them away

The solid state drive that we can see in the cover image of this article has been manufactured by the Japanese brand CFDs. It is the first consumer for PC, and, in theory, it is about to hit stores. It may even be available in some Japanese establishment. It incorporates Micron’s B58R 3D TLC NAND chips and a Phison PS5026-E26 controller, but what’s really impressive is its theoretical performance.

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This SSD unit is capable of reaching a maximum transfer speed in sequential read operations of 10 GB/s

And it is that, according to this manufacturer, it is capable of reaching a maximum transfer speed in operations of 10 GB/s sequential read. And up to 9.5 GB/s in sequential write operations. These numbers are very attractive, but they are not the only impressive feature of this SSD. In the cover image we can see that the heatsink that is responsible for preventing the Micron chips and the Phison controller from exceeding their maximum temperature threshold is very bulky.

In fact, it has a height of 20 mm. Although this is not all. In the center of this heatsink is a high-pressure, high-speed fan that seeks to optimize the cooling of the TLC NAND chips and the controller under maximum stress. CFD does not indicate in the specifications of this SSD what its typical and maximum working temperatures are, but we can be sure that they are not moderate.

If the critical components of this SSD unit did not get very hot, the manufacturer would not have been forced to develop a cooling system as cumbersome as this one. This is our bet: the other manufacturers will follow the steps of CFD, so it is likely that other solid state drives with PCIe 5.0 interface will also bet on active cooling and very bulky heatsinks. It is good for users to take this into account. In any case, under the circumstances it is reassuring that this SSD has a three-year warranty.

More information: CFDs

AMD’s Ryzen 7000 and Intel’s 13th-generation Core processors haven’t come alone. If we look beyond the innovations that the engineers…

AMD’s Ryzen 7000 and Intel’s 13th-generation Core processors haven’t come alone. If we look beyond the innovations that the engineers…

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