There were a number of PCIe 4.0 SSDs on the Computex show floor this year, mostly using the Phison reference design. Galax still used the turnkeys solution, but applied its own unique touch to the design. The PCB is white.

Galax, which is a brand of Palit, implements its own unique design ID to all the products it produces: namely GPUs. A good number of its product line go for super high end cooling solutions, but from time to time the company branches out into other products, such as memory or storage. In this case it appears that Galax is one of the primary partners with Phison to bring PCIe 4.0 SSDs to the market using the Phison E16 controller.

However, as many of Galax’s GPUs are white, so will be the M.2 SSDs. To be honest, it was a refreshing change from the other vendors just using a plain reference design. However, that realization was short lived – the drive is rated for 8W TDP, which means it requires cooling. Galax has a white cooler with a heatpipe for its M.2 SSD.

The drive is rated to ~4.8GB/s read and write, which is actually limited by the controller, not the NAND, and we expect to see faster drives next year when most of the SSD controller companies come out with newer designs.

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  • shabby - Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - link

    Round of applause to amd, without them we'd be stuck at pcie3. Reply
  • Phynaz - Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - link

    Hahaha. No. Reply
  • Korguz - Thursday, June 6, 2019 - link

    Phynaz um yep.. intel may not have pcie 3 on their platform for another year... Reply
  • Phynaz - Thursday, June 6, 2019 - link

    Pci3? Reply
  • Gunbuster - Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - link

    "implements its own unique design ID to all the products it produces: namely GPUs"

    It's okay to say it, this is a safe space. You meant to write "Clown town carnival prize plastic design language"
    Reply
  • Moizy - Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - link

    Lol Reply
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - link

    Remember, you're unique, just like everyone else. Reply
  • Skeptical123 - Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - link

    It may just be the camera (my monitor is properly color calibrated) but the heatsink looks more silver than white compared to the pcb. Which seems like a weird choice. Reply
  • TimberWo1f - Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - link

    Same here it looks like aluminum. Reply
  • Koenig168 - Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - link

    Galax White is not pure white rather a darker shade of white (from looking at my Galax GTX 1070Ti EX-SNPR). Agree the pic does look more silver than white though. Reply

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