TeamGroup unveils 13GB/s PCIe 5.0 SSD for consumers

midian182

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Something to look forward to: We’ve been hearing a lot about PCIe 5.0 SSDs over the last few months, and now TeamGroup has joined the party by announcing one of the first PCIe 5.0 x4 storage devices designed for consumers rather than enterprise or server users.

TeamGroup announced that its T-Force Cardea PCIe Gen5 SSD, part of the Cardea series, is capable of maximum sequential read speeds of over 13,000MB/s and write speeds exceeding 12,000MB/s. The company added that it will be available in capacities reaching 4TB.

Those speeds are similar to the upcoming PCIe 5.0 SSDs from Adata, Samsung, and Koxia, as well as the one Intel gave us a glimpse of before CES, all of which can touch 14GB/s reads and 12GB/s writes. But while those drives are designed for servers and other enterprise use, TeamGroup says its Gen5 SSDs will meet the needs of the gaming computing market, video streaming, augmented reality, virtual reality, and other next-gen digital domains, which likely refers to the metaverse.

TeamGroup didn’t reveal many other details about the SSD beyond it requiring a motherboard with an NVMe 2.0 slot. You’ll also need an Intel Alder Lake or Raptor Lake processors or one of AMD’s upcoming AM5 CPUs to make the most of those speeds. There’s no mention of what controller it uses, either; Adata’s Project Nighthawk uses a Silicon Motion SM2508 controller for 14GB/s reads and 12GB/s writes, and Phison, whose tech is used in the Cardea A440 PCIe 4.0 SSD, is working on a Gen5 version of its controller.

We’ve still a while to wait before being able to buy TeamGroup’s T-Force Cardea PCIe Gen5 SSD. The company says it plans to mass-produce the drive in Q3 2022, adding that it will launch with a variety of efficient cooling solutions—we recently saw an M.2 SSD cooler (above) from Qiao Sibo that features a blower fan design—so you still have a few months to save/upgrade your PC.

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Theinsanegamer

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Meh. Honestly without seeing higher IOPS that bandwidth is meaningless. Double so when you think of how many SSDS ahve had components swapped the last year, that performance will only be for a few seconds, then its right back to 1st gen NVME (or worse, HDD speeds if you ahve a QLC drive).
 

wiyosaya

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I remember the days using my 10MB HDD on an IBM XT and I thought the <1MB/s read speeds was so fast compared to a 5.25” floppy. Now we have SSDs that will literally read 20,000 times faster (at 13,000MB/s) than that 10MB. Technology advancement is amazing!
I have to agree. I had a similar experience with early hard drives. Last year, however, I built a PCI-e 4.0 system for my wife with a 1TB Sabrent Rocket pci-e 4.0 nvme drive. Even Windows 10 cold boots on it in a matter of seconds. IMO, it won't be too long before PCs reach that instant on state that tablets have.
 

Theinsanegamer

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I have to agree. I had a similar experience with early hard drives. Last year, however, I built a PCI-e 4.0 system for my wife with a 1TB Sabrent Rocket pci-e 4.0 nvme drive. Even Windows 10 cold boots on it in a matter of seconds. IMO, it won't be too long before PCs reach that instant on state that tablets have.
Tablets dont turn on instatly. Their boot up sequence is actually quite time consuming compared to modern PCS. The wake from sleep is mainly a BIOS implementation issue, various C series sleep states have allowed for near instant wake from sleep on windows since the mid 2000s.
 

QuantumPhysics

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People can talk about "storage speeds", but as far as gaming goes, I have yet to meet an SSD that didn't perform well enough.

Content creators may need something more powerful - that I understand.

My sweet spot thus far has been the 8TB Samsung SSD. I look forward to the day where we have less expensive 10TB NVME M.2.
 

Geralt

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I moved from 3500 MBs to 7000, and still I don't notice the difference. Is Windows in the middle?
 

Bullwinkle M

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I moved from 3500 MBs to 7000, and still I don't notice the difference. Is Windows in the middle?
No, you're single 7000MB/sec drive is "mostly" (but not entirely) the bottleneck

Now, if you had two of them, you would notice the improved copy/paste speed from one to the other during testing

You may still not notice the improvement in actual day to day use, but when testing, sure!
 

FaTaL

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I remember my first hard drive was 1 GB and running ultima online meant taking up half the hard drive and alot of kibbles churning
 

kiwigraeme

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Speed is great for content creators - handling 4k, 8k video .
The problem is most motherboards have a couple of NVMe slots - so if you want to upgrade and don't have another PC for old one - you need an adaptor to use as a standard SSD.
Or sell it if so inclined ( I can't be bothered )