Samsung's new PM1743 might be aimed at servers, but as the first
PCIe 5.0 SSD to arrive, it's should still titillate storage nerds
about what's likely to come for consumers.
The PM1743 essentially offers double the potential bandwidth
over drives based on PCIe 4.0. Doubling of the interface doesn't
mean much if the drive can't use it, but it looks like the PM1743
soaks up the speeds. Samsung officials said the drive is capable of
hitting 13,000MBps read speeds and random read speeds of 2,500K
That adds up to a smooth 1.9x to 1.7x performance boost over Samsung's stunning PCIe 4.0-drives. Write
speeds are rated at 6,600MBps, with random write speeds of 250K
IOPS, which is also nearly a doubling over the previous Samsung
Samsung said the drive will be offered in capacities from 1.92TB
to 15.36TB in the traditional 2.5-inch form factor or the newer
3-inch EDSFF ruler form factor. The company expects to go
into mass production of the drive in first quarter of 2022.
So what does the arrival of Samsung's first PCIe 5.0 SSD mean
for consumers? It's always a chicken or egg scenario with new
standards, but now that the first PCIe 5.0 desktops are finally
here with Intel's 12th-gen Alder Lake CPUs, you can guess
that consumer-focused PCIe 5.0 SSDs with tantalizing double-digit
read speeds are in the works too. Here's hoping we start seeing
PCIe 5.0 drives show up on our roundup of the best SSDs sooner than later.