We’ve already seen a few NVMe SSDs with support for PCIe 4.0, but they’ve taken nowhere near the full advantage of the doubled bandwidth of the fourth generation. This looks like it’s about to change, however, after a number of drives were announced during CES – some of which will likely make our list for the best SSD for gaming with faster loading and boot times.
The first super speedy drive comes from MSI’s keynote, with read and write speeds of 7,000MB/s and 6,900MB/s respectively, and capacities ranging up to a whopping 4TB. It’s got its own heatsink, which isn’t a new concept but should ensure thermal throttling is minimised during long periods of drive access, keeping it as close to that rated 7,000MB/s read speed as possible.
Kingston also announced its Ghost Tree SSD, with a similar target of 7,000MB/s sequential read and write speeds. No heatsink shown here, but a lot of the best gaming motherboards come armed with their own M.2 heatsinks, so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem.