The first PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSD is now available. It was published by the Japanese manufacturer CFD Gaming. Unfortunately, the novelty is only available in Japan. However, its commercial appearance could indicate that other SSD manufacturers will also start implementing their solutions in the near future, and at the same time with a broader sales region.
Japanese company CFD Gaming was one of the first to introduce NVMe 2.0 SSDs with read speeds of up to 10GB/s and support for the new PCIe 5.0 interface. Consumer SSDs of the new standard were expected to go on sale last year, but something forced manufacturers to delay their release.
The PG5NFZ PCIe 5.0 drive series presented by CFD Gaming will include 1TB, 2TB and 4TB models. They use Micron 232-layer 3D TLC NAND Flash memory chips and Phison PS5026-E26 memory controllers. Also, the novelty is equipped with 4 GB of DDR4 cache. The PG5NFZ PCIe 5.0 SSD model claims up to 10GB/s sequential read and 9.5GB/s sequential write. New element random read and write performance is 1.5 and 1.2 million IOPS, respectively.
According to the Japanese edition of Akiba-PC, only the CFD Gaming SSD PG5NFZ PCIe 5.0 model with a capacity of 2 TB is currently on sale. Versions for 1 and 4 TB have not yet reached the sellers. The cost of this novelty is 49,980 yen (about $385). Please note that this price includes VAT. Without it, the cost of a PCIe 5.0 SSD is about 13% higher than the current flagship Samsung 990 Pro drive of the same volume but with a PCIe 4.0 interface.
The CFD Gaming SSD PG5NFZ PCIe 5.0 is equipped with an active cooling system with a small fan. The manufacturer does not state whether the novelty can also be used without the specified cooling system. However, the company recommends making sure that the computer housing used provides sufficient fresh air supply before installation.