First consumer PCIe Gen5 NVMe SSD has a really loud fan

Published: Feb 5th 2023, 09:20 GMT   Comments

10 GB/s SSD speeds are now available to consumers, but they come at a cost

Japanese tech enthusiast @momomo_us is among the first to install commercially available PCIe Gen5 SSDs.

CFD Gaming NVMe PCIe Gen5 SSD 2TB, Source: @momomo_us

CFD Gaming are now shipping its first NVMe SSDs compatible with the newest PCI Express standard. Although platforms supporting this technology were available to consumers for well over the year, SSDs manufacturers were in no rush. Even months after AMD and Intel introduced their newest and updated platforms with extended support for PCIe Gen5 devices, there are hardly any such SSDs on the market.

The 2TB storage from CFD is the first to the Japanese retail market with more storage options coming later. To overcome the heating problem, CFD put a heatsink with small a fan on top of it. It is unclear if this storage can even be used with motherboard heatsink instead.

As demonstrated by @momomo_us, the fan would run at very high speeds during tests, much louder than Intel stock cooler for Core i7-13700K processor that is being used for this test. This is probably because of the high usage during storage testing, one can imagine it wouldn’t be constantly that loud, yet this is something that consumers may expect when moving a lot of data.

A quick benchmark with CrystalDiskMark confirms that the storage can easily surpass 10 GB/s sequential read and write speeds, so just as promised by the manufacturer. However, one should note that smaller capacity will have slightly lower write speeds (~9.5 GB/s).

CFD Gaming NVMe PCIe Gen5 SSD 2TB, Source: @momomo_us

This CFD 2TB storage is now available in Japan for around $385.

Source: @momomo_us

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