This week we got our first chance to benchmark a PCIe 5.0 SSD, but it’s an engineering sample based on Phison’s E26 controller, not a shipping product available for consumer purchase. Today, MSI announced his two new PCIe 5.0 SSDs, the Spatium M570 Pro and Spatium M570. This is the first PCIe 5.0 drive that can actually be purchased as a shipping product.
In MSI’s CES demo suite, we were able to see both drives, but more importantly, early benchmark results for the Spatium M570 Pro. The Spatium M570 Pro boasts sequential read and write speeds of 12,000 and 10,000 MBps respectively. MSI will launch both drives at undisclosed prices in the second quarter of this year, and the M570 Pro will compete with the Raider GE78 HX and Titan GT77. It will also be available as an option for HX laptops.
Both MSI Spatium drives use Phison’s E26 controller, but the M570 Pro uses Micron’s new 232-layer NAND flash, while the M570 non-pro uses slower TLC memory. I can only get up to 10,000 MBps. read.
Drives are available in 1, 2, and 4 TB capacities with or without heatsinks. The unit on display had a beautiful heatsink emblazoned with the MSI logo. The M570 Pro’s heatsink is finned with a vapor chamber plate and a geometric shroud painted reddish gold. The M570 Regular has stacked fins and a bronze-colored aluminum heatsink.
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In MSI’s suite, we were able to see two different sets of CrystalDiskMark results for the 2TB Spatium M570 Pro. One was a bespoke MSI desktop and the other was obtained with a Raider GE78 HX laptop. The desktop featured a Ryzen 9 7950X CPU, MSI MPG X670E Carbon EK X D-RGB motherboard, EK waterblock, RTX 4090 graphics and 32GB of DDR5 RAM.
As you can see in the image above, the 2TB M570 Pro returned the following results on the custom desktop.
|test||Read (MBps)||Write (MBps)|
|Array 1M Q8T1||12,342.11||11,814.84|
|SEQ ID NO: 128K Q32T1||12,220.23||11,813.43|
|RND 4K Q32T16||5,777.33||5,209|
|RND 4K Q1T1||76.29||252.59|
On my Raider laptop, these numbers were slightly lower, with top line sequential read/writes of 12,301.11 and 8,972.83. Obviously, having a full power desktop with good cooling helps a lot.
The MSI Spatium M570 Pro’s numbers simply blow away the speeds found in today’s best SSDs, including Samsung’s 990 Pro, which is rated at just 7,450 MBps read speed and 6,900 MBps write speed.
Do you get all the benefits of that speed? A PCIe 5.0 SSD like the Spatium M570 Pro probably won’t be all that fast to open the Chrome browser, but with the widespread adoption of Microsoft’s DirectStorage, the added You can take advantage of your bandwidth to speed up your game and possibly even spend less time. Waiting for the next level to load.