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ADATA to Launch World’s 1st PCIe Gen 5 SSD: Speeds of up to 14GB/s and 8 TB Capacity

ADATA has notified the press that it’ll be launching the world’s first PCIe Gen 5 SSDs at CES 2022 next month. During its keynote “DAWN OF A NEW XTREME”, ADATA will launch a series of new products including the industry’s first PCIe 5.0 solid-state drive, overclocked DDR5 memory, etc. under the XPG brand. The vendor will reveal two PCIe Gen 5 x4 based SSDs based on prototypes namely “Project Nighthawk” and “Project Blackbird”.

Both drives will have a peak sequential transfer rate of up to 14 GB/s, with the lower capacity SKUs being limited to 10-12 GB/s. In comparison, the fastest PCIe Gen 4 drives top out at 7GB/s. The drives will adopt the latest NVMe 2.0 specifications, allowing them to exceed the 7GB/s barrier.

Like existing PCIe Gen 4 offerings, ADATA’s next-gen products will feature a capacity of up to 8 TB/s. These drives will primarily be optimized for Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake platform, and land sometime in late Q1 2022. In addition to the Gen 5 SSDs, overclocked DDR5 memory will also be exhibited. You can expect plenty of RGB lighting, transfer rates of 7,000 MT/s, and capacities of up to 32GB.


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