PCI Express 5.0 SSDs are likely to enter the market slowly from the end of 2022. ADATA, the owner of the XPG gaming brand, has confirmed that it will hold a press event called Dawn of the New Xtreme along with the CES 2022 event on January 5.
DDR5 memory, gaming peripherals and new hardware will be introduced at the event. At CES 2022, giants such as AMD, Intel and NVIDIA will launch many new technological products. Most importantly, ADATA will showcase its new prototype PCIe Gen5 SSDs. It looks like these drivers will be based on PCIe Gen5 x4 interface and NVMe 2.0 protocol. It is also mentioned that capacities up to 8 TB will be offered.
In terms of speed, top models are expected to stand up to the 14GB/s barrier. However, drive options that offer high speeds such as 12 GB / s and 10 GB / s are also planned. The new storage units are fully compliant with the NVMe 2.0 standard for client and consumer SSDs, which on their own doesn’t bring much change, and the SSDs’ specifications will be rearranged.
Kioxia has already confirmed that it is developing storage units that reach 14GB/s. In this context, the new drives will offer 103% faster read speeds and 67% faster write speeds (7 GB/s) than the Gen4 standard. MSI has confirmed that it has developed the M. 2 Expander based on the new interface.
Currently, no desktop platform allows direct M. 2 PCIe Gen5 compatibility. Only the primary PCIe Gen5 x16 slots on LGA1700-based Intel Z690 motherboards support this technology.