Solid state drives continue to get faster, with PCIe 4.0 variants leading the pack nowadays. Of course, most PCs don’t have PCIe 4.0 support, so these ultra-fast drives are reserved for enthusiasts and those with brand new computers. If you have such a state-of-the-art PC, you will probably want to get a PCIe 4.0 SSD to maximize your performance. True, it’s largely for bragging and benchmarking, but you might as well choose the best if the price difference isn’t totally obscene.
Today, KIOXIA unveils its latest solid state drive. Called “BG5”, it uses PCIe 4.0 x4 to achieve up to 3,500MB / s read and 2,900MB / s write. Yes, this DRAM-free SSD is actually a bit slow compared to other PCIe 4.0 drives, but it has a very cool feature: it comes in the M.2 2230 form factor. That means it will fit Microsoft’s brand new Surface Pro 8. .
“As a Virtual Multi-LUN (VML) enabled client SSD, the KIOXIA BG5 series unlocks back-end flash performance while maintaining a low price point, making it a particularly attractive option for a wide range of commercial and consumer notebooks and desktops. SSD KIOXIA BG5 Also supports the latest Host Memory Buffer (HMB) technology to build a finely optimized DRAM-free SSD.The KIOXIA BG5 comes in a compact single-sided, thermally optimized M.2 2230 form factor that allows for mobility and styles of living from home. There are also versions available with single-sided form factor M.2 2280, “says KIOXIA.
Neville Ichhaporia, the company’s vice president of SSD marketing and product management, adds, “With this latest addition to our full portfolio of PCIe 4.0 SSDs, KIOXIA delivers premium performance to the main lane by enabling PCIe 4.0 without sacrificing accessibility. We are committed to driving the transition to next-generation storage for gaming, mobile computing and workstation applications, and will continue to develop advanced technologies for high-performance, space-saving SSDs. “
KIOXIA shares the features of the unit below.
- Up to 3,500 MB / s in sequential read and 2,900 MB / s in sequential write
- Up to 500,000 random read IOPS and 450,000 random write IOPS
- Support for the latest TCG Pyrite and Opal standards as well as end-to-end data protection ensures data security both at home and in the office
- Forward-thinking support for NVMe 1.4 feature set and basic management command on System Management Bus (SMBus)
- Support of power loss notification signal to protect data from forced shutdowns
The pricing and availability for the BG5 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD is currently unknown, with KIOXIA only offering samples to PC makers at this time. However, what we do know for sure are the planned capacities – 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. Surface Pro 8 owners should be very excited that more M.2 2230 drives are on the way!