GOODRAM Reveals IRDM Ultimate X: A Lineup of PCIe 4.0 x4 SSDsby Anton Shilov on September 9, 2019 2:00 PM EST
GOODRAM has introduced its first SSDs featuring a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface designed for new-generation high-end PCs. Set to be available in 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB configurations, the drives are based on Phison’s PS5016-E16 controller.
Just like other PCIe 4.0 x4 SSDs powered by the E16, GOODRAM’s IRDM Ultimate X SSDs use 3D TLC NAND memory. From performance point of view, the manufacturer promises up to 5000 MB/s sequential read speed, up to 4500 MB/s sequential write speed as well a 750K read/write random IOPS for 1 TB and 2 TB drives, which is in line with other products based on the Phison’s PS5016-E16 controller. Meanwhile, the cheapest 500 GB version provides a lower write speed as well as random performance.
In a bid to ensure consistent performance under high loads, the GOODRAM IRDM Ultimate X SSDs are equipped with an aluminum heat spreader, which as with other drives suggests a compatibility focus on desktop PCs.
|GOODRAM's IRDM Ultimate X Specifications|
|Capacity||500 GB||1 TB||2TB|
|NAND Flash||3D TLC NAND|
|Form-Factor, Interface||M.2-2280, PCIe 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.3|
|Sequential Read||5000 MB/s|
|Sequential Write||2500 MB/s||4500 MB/s|
|Random Read IOPS||550K IOPS||750K IOPS|
|Random Write IOPS||400K IOPS||750K IOPS|
|DRAM Buffer||Yes, capacity unknown|
|TCG Opal Encryption||No|
One interesting feature of GOODRAM’s IRDM Ultimate X SSDs mentioned by PCLab.pl is its five-year warranty, a rare peculiarity for consumer drives these days. As for availability, expect the Ultimate X SSDs to be available this November. Prices will obviously depend on capacity.
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