First prices for PCIe 5 generation NVMe drives revealed in Japan • HWzone

We knew it wouldn’t be cheap – but would you be willing to consider paying $400 per terabyte of storage capable of speeds of over 10,000MBps?

The home NVMe drives in the PCI-Express 5.0 generation are delayed in their arrival, unfortunately, but are still on their way to the stores – and we get a reminder of this from faraway Japan, where initial prices have surfaced for a model from a company called CFD Gaming that was officially presented a few weeks ago.

According to a local price comparison site called Kakaku (much like our Zap, only with the typical information-laden Japanese design that feels a bit like a throwback to the internet of the early 2000s), the Japanese manufacturer’s first model has been given the somewhat accessible name CSSD-M2M1TPG5NFZ (or PG5NFZ for short) It will be available in volumes of 1 terabyte, 2 terabytes and 4 terabytes at prices between 57,420 yen and 229,680 yen – or $427.5 to $1,710 in direct conversion, which is 1,460 shekels to 5,830 shekels in direct conversion. Ouch.

According to the information on the manufacturer’s website, which is completely unknown to Western consumers but is a well-known brand in Japan itself, the Gen 5 drives in question are at the forefront of performance and hardware in the storage field with a combination of Phison’s new generation E26 controller, 3D TLC memories from Micron with a structure of 232 internal layers, a dynamic cache memory of between 2GB and 8GB depending on the storage volume in the specific model, and also a metal cooling array of significant size that incorporates a tiny fan with a diameter of 20 millimeters – on the way to continuous performance of up to 10GBps in reading and up to 9.5GBps in writing, alongside Random performance with small 4KB files of up to 1,500,000 IOPS in reading and up to 1,250,000 IOPS in writing.

While it is a performance that quite easily surpasses, at least on paper, everything that can be found within the PCI-Express 4.0 generation in the home NVMe market – the price differences far surpass the performance differences, when based on the prices we saw at the Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday events Recently, advanced Gen 4 drives with a passive heatsink were offered for less than $100 for a 1TB volume, for less than $200 for a 2TB volume and also for less than $400 for a 4TB.

Despite the use of extremely advanced NAND chips – it seems that CFD’s drive does not produce the maximum performance potential from Phison’s E26 controller, and certainly not the full potential of the M.2 interface with four PCI-Express 5.0 lanes behind it.

It is time to point out that many technological products tend to be more expensive in Japan, which is known for its high median salary and the general cost of living there – but even if we choose to reduce the prices of CFD Gaming to a certain extent, we will quite easily reach prices that are at least 2 times higher than the prices of advanced storage drives common for PCI-Express 4.0 models in Israel. It’s a pain in the pocket, but it doesn’t really surprise us either.

Prices that leave dust for the entire third and fourth generation NVMe – including for a recent luxury model such as Samsung’s 990 Pro

There is no doubt that when more and more Gen 5 models start flooding the stores around the world, sometime during 2023 (or maybe actually during 2024? With the current delays it’s quite hard to be sure), price wars will begin that will lead to a sharp reduction in pricing – but this is a process that will take time, so Anyone who planned to upgrade to a new system drive with terrible performance as early as possible should start and prepare themselves for prices several levels above the mainstream NVMe we are familiar with.


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