MSI Demos Blistering 5GB/s PCIe 4.0 Phison SSD Speeds On AMD X570 Zen 2 Platform

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AMD is looking to one-up Intel on numerous fronts with its Zen 2-based announcements at Computex 2019. In addition to introducing us to the first members of the Ryzen 3000 family, AMD also introduced the X570 chipset that natively supports the new processors.

Perhaps the biggest feature addition with X570 is the availability of PCIe 4.0 support, and MSI is taking full advantage of that additional bandwidth by showcasing a new [unnamed] Phison PCIe Gen4x4 NVMe PS5016-E16-based SSD. Needless to say, this PCIe 4.0 SSD delivers some scintillating performance according to MSI.

In the provided CrystalMark benchmark (seen below), the Phison-based SSD was able to record sequential read/write speeds of 5015MB/sec and 4458MB/sec. That's roughly 10 times faster than the best SATA SSDs and a good 1000+ MB/sec ahead of the best PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSDs on the market. 

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As you'll clearly note, those performance figures are remarkably similar to what we've seen with PCIe 4.0 SSD from Gigabyte and Corsair. Considering that all three use the Phison PS5016-E16 controller, however, we shouldn't be too surprised. Once other suppliers starting getting their PCIe 4.0 controllers online, we should see these SSD speeds start ramping up even further, just as we did with PCIe 3.0 solutions.

“In joint force with leadership 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen desktop processors and AMD X570 chipsets and Gen4 enabled motherboard partners, Phison will be releasing its own PCIe Gen4x4 NVMe PS5016-E16 SSD solution to the market, completing the world's first consumer affordable PCIe 4.0 PC application platform”, said K.S. Pua, who serves as chairman and CEO of Phison.

MSI Meg X570 Godlike
MSI Meg X570 Godlike

So far, MSI has announced six new X570 motherboard supporting Ryzen 3000 processors, with the flagship being the Meg X570 Godlike:

As for Ryzen 3000 processors, AMD announced five new SKUs ranging from the 6-core/12-thread Ryzen 5 3600 ($199) on up through the Ryzen 9 3900X ($499). That flagship ship has 12 cores/24 threads along with base/boost clocks of 3.8GHz and 4.6GHz respectively. All of these processors will debut on July 7th (7/7 for 7nm) and it's possible that they may be joined at a later date by a 16-core/32-thread sibling.