Amazon Japan has started to take pre-orders on Cosair’s upcoming PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD. The MP600 SSDs will ship in mid-July, several days after AMD and its partners start to sell platforms that support the PCIe 4.0 interface.

At press time, Amazon Japan is offering Corsair MP600 M.2-2280 SSDs with a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface featuring 1 TB and 2 TB capacity for ¥36,936 ($320) and ¥66,852 ($579), respectively. Considering the fact that we are talking about ultra-high-end client SSDs aimed at expensive desktops, their prices are not exactly surprising. Meanwhile, keep in mind that these are not their official MSRPs.

UPDATE: Amazon US on Tuesday also started to take pre-orders on Corsair's MP600 SSDs. The 1 TB model costs $250, whereas the 2 TB SKU is priced at $450.

According to Corsair, its MP600 SSDs will offer up to 4950 MB/s sequential read speed as well as up to 4250 MB/s sequential write speed when used with a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface, which is substantially faster when compared to modern PCIe 3.0 x4 drives.

Corsair’s MP600 drives are based on Phison’s PS5016-E16 controller as well as 3D TLC NAND memory. Considering that Phison usually sells controllers and NAND flash memory as a turnkey solution, expect other suppliers of SSDs to offer drives very similar to the MP600 family by Corsair at around the same timeframe. In the meantime, Corsair definitely deserves a credit for starting to offer its PCIe 4.0 SSDs ahead of competitors.

We saw a number of PCIe 4.0 drives at Computex this year, so we expect the market to have a sizeable number available in due course:

 

 

 

 

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  • GreenReaper - Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - link

    If you had more lanes, or they went faster, you could have more slots . . . Reply
  • quantumshadow44 - Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - link

    why one needs copper (=expensive) 10GbE now?
    $200 NIC or $700 mobo with embedded NIC, $600 10GbE switch, 8 CAT cable...
    Cheap SFP+ solution looks smth like this: https://youtu.be/MDiiHN0MPdA
    Reply
  • Santoval - Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - link

    "I haven't seen anything about 10G ethernet cards using PCIe 4.0 yet."
    Because as with nearly every innovation in computing it's a classic "chicken & egg" situation. Why/how could ethernet card / whatever card vendors upgrade to PCIe 4.0 when there was no motherboard & CPU with PCIe 4.0 support? However now that AMD are providing the chicken (or is it the egg?) to the market they allow everyone to break this circle.
    PCIe 4.0 will truly take off when Intel upgrade to it, however I now hear whispers that they will move directly to PCIe 5.0 with Tiger Lake, in late 2020.. If that's the case PCIe 4.0 will probably turn out to be a stopgap PCIe version.
    Reply
  • TrevorH - Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - link

    Write speeds higher than read speeds? That's unusual unless the figures are accidentally switched. Reply
  • boeush - Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - link

    It's typical, actually. The writes are faster because they initially go into onboard RAM (or SLC) cache. When that fills up (under high sustained load), the writes be one a lot slower. But that's why those are "up to" numbers: the goal is to bamboozle the typical consumer who doesn't bother reading the fine print (or product reviews...) Reply
  • TrevorH - Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - link

    No, the Anandtech article looks to be wrong. The Amazon US ad it points to for purchase says "up to 4, 950MB/s sequential read and 4, 250MB/s sequential Write speeds" as does https://www.corsair.com/uk/en/mp600-gen4-pcie-ssd Reply
  • Valantar - Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - link

    I'm glad I was right in my pricing predictions: very close to current high-end SSDs. Currently on Newegg the WD Black 1TB is $238 with the 2TB $500, and the 970 Evo Plus 1TB at $218 on sale (supposedly down from $250) and the 2TB at $498. No PCIe 4.0 premium, in other words - unless this controller is terrible, that is. Reply
  • boeush - Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - link

    Let me guess... those read/write bandwidth numbers are at queue depth 1,000,000. Am I close, or too conservative? Reply
  • oRAirwolf - Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - link

    Are PCI Express 4.0 drives going to have faster random performance at low queue depths than PCI Express 3.0 drives? Superfast sequential is cool but mostly useless for the cast majority of users. Reply
  • PixyMisa - Thursday, June 27, 2019 - link

    No, won't make any real difference for that use case. Tom's Hardware tested one, and the only area it stood out was sequential read and write. Reply

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