A press release sent out by GIGABYTE on Friday said that the company would demonstrate one of the industry’s first SSDs featuring a PCIe 4.0 interface at Computex next week. The company says that its drive will offer maximum sequential read/write speeds of up to 5 GB/s. when used with AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 3000-series platform supporting PCIe 4.0.

GIGABYTE is a rather new player on the SSD market and at present the company only offers drives based on controllers from Phison. Therefore, it is more than likely that GIGABYTE will showcase a PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD based on Phison’s PS5016-E16 controller that the chip developer demonstrated earlier this year at CES 2019. Keep in mind though that GIGABYTE has not officially confirmed use of the Phison controller.

The Phison PS5016-E16 processor has 8 NAND channels with 32 CE targets that supports interface speeds of up to 800 MT/s. Featuring Phison’s 4th Gen LDPC ECC engine, the controller can support both 3D TLC and 3D QLC NAND flash memory. To ensure high performance, it can also support a DDR4-1600 DRAM buffer.

One interesting thing to note about the SSD that GIGABYTE plans to demonstrate is that it was published as that it will offer up to 5 GB/s read/write speeds ‘in low temperatures’, which suggests that this drive will require a sophisticated cooling to show all of its advantages. It is also noteworthy that 5 GB/s speeds will likely be hit by high-capacity drives only given 8 NAND channels at 800 MT/s featured by the controller.

It is noteworthy that back in January a prototype SSD powered by the PS5016-E16 could only offer 4/4.2 GB/s read/write speeds. Given GIGABYTE’s performance figures, it is evident that Phison has managed to significantly boost performance of SSDs based on its controller in less than half of a year.

Computex 2019 trade show will take place in Taipei, Taiwan, from May 28 to June 1, 2019.

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  • sorten - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - link

    I brought up the standard because the OP was making it sound like PCIE 4.0 was an AMD advantage. And why haven't they reported on the new flaws that came to light this week? Maybe because their small staff is busying getting themselves to Computex, which is going to be much more interesting.
  • Irata - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - link

    Well, it is an AMD advantage - they will have it on their mainstream desktop platform this year and Intel not. How big of an advantage this is is another question, but being able to buy a system that supports new standards now is a plus.
  • RaV[666] - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - link

    Well ,its is an amd advantage isnt it ? The fact that intel will have pcie 4/5 sometime in the future doesnt really have anything to do with it for now.
    As for second part, they are constantly adding a lot less important things (like the news we are commenting below).So. Thats not really the case that they are SO BUSY.
  • HStewart - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - link

    It sounds like Intel is pushing PCI 4x to older 14nm product while PCI 5 us reserved for newer 10nm products - but there is two things I find interesting about this - 1, Link is only for server products and usually those come later than others 2. Intel 10nm process has been supposedly moved up. My case IceLake will support 5 and not 4
  • Korguz - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - link

    " Intel 10nm process has been supposedly moved up " moved up from what ?? its already 4 YEARS late.
  • Opencg - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - link

    Somebody call the whambulance! Another side channel attack that requires the attacker already compromised your computer.
  • HStewart - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - link

    Yes I seen that rumor, but it will be interesting how this folds out and curious why Intel might skip 4.0 and go directly to 5.0. What it sounds like AMD is rushing 4.0 and Intel needs something in 5.0 to fit there up and coming technology needs.

    From what I can tell PCI 5.0 is designed to improved IO bandwidth significantly likely meaning 8 lane SSD will have bottleneck issues with other versions. It also suppose to do with lower power Who knows this might mean that 4 lane PCI 5.0 graphics card can do what 16 lane card does today. Intel probably wants it for IO bandwidth but following update on spec indicates also that it does this at lower power

  • HStewart - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - link

    Spec indicates it will be finalize this year 2019 - so that could mean in products in Intel future timeline, AMD will likely be following with PCI 5.0 update in the future.
  • eek2121 - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - link

    Intel will adopt PCIE 4.0 first. PCIE 5.0 was JUST ratified.
  • shabby - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - link

    Amd rushing pcie4? 🤣

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