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
Model Number ? ? ?
Controller Phison PS5016-E16
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
Pseudo-SLC Caching Supported
DRAM Buffer Yes, capacity unknown
TCG Opal Encryption No
Power Management ?
Warranty 5 years
MTBF ? hours
TBW ? ? ?
MSRP ? ? ?

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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Source: GOODRAM (via PCLab.pl)

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  • peevee - Friday, September 13, 2019 - link

    "One interesting feature of GOODRAM’s IRDM Ultimate X SSDs mentioned by PCLab.pl is its five-year warranty"

    And how are you supposed to claim such a warranty? Sending the device overseas (and pay for back shipping) at your own cost, including cost of insurance for the shipping? Devil is in the details, and some warranties are worth nothing.
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