Corsair has revealed a small teaser for its upcoming PCIe Gen5 M.2 SSD, the first of its kind from the manufacturer. Called the MP700 (a direct upgrade from the previous Gen4 MP600 series), the new SSD reportedly features a read speed of 10,000 MB/s, with sequential write speeds of up to 9,500 MB/s as well.
Building on a strong ongoing partnership with AMD, Corsair was keen to highlight the AM5 compatibility of the new SSD, indicating that it could be released in September of October this year to coincide with the launch of AMD’s next generation of processors. please note that Intel’s Alder Lake the chips already have PCIe 5.0 support as well.
If it achieves projected speeds in real-world use, the MP700 will be up to 40% faster than the most expensive PCIe 4.0 drive produced by Corsair (the MP600 Pro XT).
However, that still won’t make you the indeed the best SSD – price will be a major factor, and this isn’t even the fastest PCIe 5.0 advertised; Apacer’s first worldwide offering shown at Computex 2022 was capable of speeds of up to 13,000 MB/s.
Analysis: PCIe 5.0 May Go Mainstream Sooner Than We Think
Adoption of the M.2 SSD is becoming more widespread among PC users, due in large part to the dwindling prices of M.2 drives and their inclusion in virtually every new laptop release. Originally, PCIe 5.0 SSDs were expected to arrive only for business PCs in 2022, but this teaser from Corsair suggests that consumers can get their hands on the new drives this year too.
This is a good thing; M.2 SSDs offer greatly improved performance and longevity compared to conventional hard drives or even SATA SSDs. Just as the release of PCIe 4.0 saw a drop in the prices of PCIe 3.0 M.2 drives, we can expect current generation PCIe 4.0 SSDs to be slightly cheaper with these new products.
With Intel’s Alder Lake and AMD’s entry AM5 Zen 4 CPUs equipped to support these fast new SSDs, we could see PCIe 5.0 become the norm faster than expected, largely driven by laptop makers looking to equip their flagship devices with the latest hardware. We’ve seen the same situation evolve with DDR5 RAM; PC makers weren’t in a hurry to upgrade their existing equipment en masse, but all high-end gaming laptops now come with DDR5 as standard.
In any case, the next releases of Intel’s Raptor Lake and AMD’s Ryzen 7000 processors will be an ideal time for PC users of all budgets to upgrade some of their hardware. Even if you’re not jumping to a high-end processor with an all-new motherboard, it could be a great opportunity to buy a faster unit at a reduced price.