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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  • BigMamaInHouse - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - link

    AMD getting ultra-fast nvme PCIeGen4 while Intel loosing SSD storage performance after MDS Patches .
  • supdawgwtfd - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - link

    MDS patches? What are you talking about???

    Haven't read anything about them here at Anandtech?
  • shabby - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - link

    AnandTech doesn't like badmouthing its favourite sponsor, it didn't even post the latest vulnerabilities from intel... I'm shocked.
  • supdawgwtfd - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - link

    What's funny is they time after time claim to be unbiased...

    But they don't report these important security issues???

    Sure... No bias here. No favouritism. 100% balanced journalism here!
  • sorten - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - link

    If this site makes you so unhappy, why are you here and commenting on articles?

    There are plenty of other sites (ex: krebs) that focus on security vulnerabilities if that's a topic that interests you.

    And FWIW, PCIE 4.0 is not an AMD exclusive, it's a standard that's been around for a while. The latest rumors I've seen suggest that Intel may skip over PCIE 4.0 and go straight to 5.0.
  • RaV[666] - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - link

    I find it weird that you bring up pcie 4.0 standard to a person who wasnt claiming otherwise.
    Getting back on point.
    IT IS ALSO WEIRD that anandtech didnt post a single thing about a whole new collection of serious flaws.
    And also, intel isnt skipping pcie 4.0.Its coming next year in various products.
  • HStewart - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - link

    One more thing Tom's Hardware indicated that PCI 5.0 is expected this year and 4.0 will be short lived.

  • eek2121 - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - link

    PCIE 4.0 will NOT be short lived. 5.0 likely won't be on boards for a few years at least. You forget that product development takes time. This SSD and others like it were likely under development for over a year, maybe over 2 years. Manufacturers are ramping up PCIE 4.0 products as we speak. I expect PCIE 5.0 to come in 2022 or 2023 at the earliest.
  • amnesia0287 - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    Pcie 5.0 is listed on multiple roadmaps for 2020/2021
  • RaV[666] - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - link

    I dont know where you read that there. I dont see it.
    Also, intels recent roadmap puts ice lake SP with PCIE 4 next year.Yes.FOUR.

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