PCIe 4.0

In the past month, three SSD controller designers have announced new enterprise NVMe SSD controllers, bringing a wave of new competition to the high-end enterprise/datacenter SSD market. FADU is a relative newcomer to the market, having only released one previous SSD controller. Silicon Motion and Phison are both very familiar competitors, but they have been most successful with their client/consumer SSD controllers; they have been stepping up their enterprise controller efforts in recent years, but gaining ground in that market has been a slow process. All three companies are now touting a new generation of enterprise NVMe SSD controllers that are more modern and mature. The three companies are poised to compete not just against each other, but against companies like Microchip/Microsemi and Marvell, who...

AMD Zen 2 Microarchitecture Analysis: Ryzen 3000 and EPYC Rome

We have been teased with AMD’s next generation processor products for over a year. The new chiplet design has been heralded as a significant breakthrough in driving performance and...

218 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/10/2019

PNY 2 TB XLR NVMe SSD: PCIe 4.0 x4, Up to 4.8 GB/s

Since many high-end SSDs these days are bottlenecked by a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface, next-generation drives featuring a PCIe 4.0 x4 connector were among the highlights of this year’s...

21 by Anton Shilov on 6/10/2019

More 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD Options: Patriot with Custom Firmware coming Q4

If you’ve been following our coverage of Computex, you may have seen that there have been several companies with PCIe 4.0 SSDs to show off. These designs have almost...

7 by Ian Cutress on 6/6/2019

Essencore 2 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD Enters The Game

One of the underlying themes of this year’s Computex was the number of PCIe 4.0 SSDs on display (or lack thereof). At present it seems that only drives powered...

6 by Ian Cutress on 6/5/2019

GIGABYTE’s PCIe 4.0 SSD Uses 77g of Copper Due to 8W TDP, up to 2TB

One of the hot ticket items at this year’s Computex was the range of PCIe 4.0 storage devices available. All of them except one was built on the Phison...

19 by Ian Cutress on 6/4/2019

AMD Confirms PCIe 4.0 Not Coming to Older Motherboards (X470, X370, B350, A320)

One of the salient points of the next generation Ryzen 3000 CPUs coming next month was the support around PCIe 4.0. As the successor to PCIe 3.0, offering double...

50 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2019

GIGABYTE Shows PCIe 4.0 x16 Four-Way M.2 PCIe Add-In Card

We’ve seen some of these before – an add-in card that helps expand the M.2 capabilities of a system. Typically motherboards come with up to three M.2 slots, however...

9 by Ian Cutress on 5/29/2019

MSI MPG X570 Gaming Plus Motherboard: Entry Level with Two PCIe 4.0 M.2

Launched with six other models expected to be available at the launch of the X570 chipset, MSI has lifted the lid on its entry-level X570 motherboard, the MPG X570...

9 by Gavin Bonshor on 5/27/2019

Corsair Announces MP600 NVMe SSD With PCIe 4.0

Now that AMD has kicked off the transition to PCI Express 4.0 in the consumer PC market, peripheral vendors are racing to follow suit. Phison is on track to...

10 by Billy Tallis on 5/27/2019

The MSI Prestige X570 Creation Motherboard: 10G LAN, PCIe 4.0 M.2 Xpander, USB 3.1 Gen2 King

MSI has prepared a total of seven models for the launch of AMD's X570 chipset, but in a new series of boards focused at content creators. The new MSI...

15 by Gavin Bonshor on 5/27/2019

AMD Teases First Navi GPU Products: RX 5700 Series Launches in July, 25% Improved Perf-Per-Clock

While the bulk of this morning’s AMD Computex keynote has been on AMD’s 3rd generation Ryzen CPUs and their underlying Zen 2 architecture, the company also took a moment...

99 by Ryan Smith on 5/26/2019

GIGABYTE Teases PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD in Press Release: 5 GB/s

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...

42 by Anton Shilov on 5/24/2019

GIGABYTE AM4 Motherboards: PCIe 4.0 Ready for Ryzen 3000

In preparation for the launch of AMD's next generation of Ryzen processors, GIGABYTE has released a wave of firmware updates for its X470 and B450 AM4 socket motherboards. The...

32 by Gavin Bonshor on 5/21/2019

Biostar Unveils Its X570 Racing GT8 Motherboard: PCIe Gen 4, DDR4-4000 and Triple M.2

It what seems to be an inadvertent move, Biostar has released information about its upcoming X570 Racing GT8 motherboard ahead of AMD's unveiling of the new X570 chipset. This...

40 by Gavin Bonshor on 5/13/2019

OSS Unveils 5-Way PCIe 4.0 Backplane, Demonstrates PCIe 4.0 HPC Platform

One Stop Systems this week introduced the industry’s first 5-way PCIe 4.0 backplane at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference. The OSS 5 Slot Gen 4 Backplane is designed primarily for...

5 by Anton Shilov on 3/22/2019

Samsung Shares SSD Roadmap for QLC NAND And 96-layer 3D NAND

At Samsung's Tech Day event today in San Jose, the company shared their SSD roadmap for transitioning to 96-layer 3D NAND and introducing four bit per cell (QLC) NAND...

16 by Billy Tallis on 10/17/2018

Microsemi Announces PCIe 4.0 Switches And NVMe SSD Controller

Microsemi is starting their transition to PCIe 4.0 with updates to their Switchtec PCIe switch family and Flashtec NVMe SSD controllers. The new PCIe standard doubles the per-lane throughput...

8 by Billy Tallis on 8/3/2018

PCI-SIG Finalizes and Releases PCIe 4.0, Version 1 Specification: 2x PCIe Bandwidth and More

This week, PCI-standards consortium PCI-SIG (Special Interest Group) has ratified and released specifications for PCIe 4.0 Specification Version 1, uploading the documents to their PCI-SIG Specification Library. This marks...

27 by Nate Oh on 10/26/2017

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