It seems processors and GPUs aren't the only things that are getting faster when it comes to computer hardware, as the renowned tech firm MSI has recently revealed a new NVMe SSD that is capable of reaching a sequential read speed of over 5,000MB/s.

This is an insane number. For comparison’s sake, the Samsung 970 Evo Plus, a pretty popular NVMe drive at the moment, can only read data at a maximum of 3,500MB/s, and this number for the average SATA drive generally falls somewhere between 550MB/s and 580MB/s.

Samsung Evo 970
The Samsung 970 Evo Plus only has a read speed of maximum 3500MB/s 

MSI is not alone in pushing SSD read speeds either. The new MP600 from Corsair also comes pretty close at 4,950MB/s, and Gigabyte is also working on a model of similar capacity.

Do note, however, that these numbers are only possible when the drive is paired with an AMD X570 motherboard and a third-gen Ryzen processor. The reason behind this is that AMD’s new motherboard features PCI Express 4.0 support, which has twice the bandwidth per lane of PCIe 3.0.

In any case, here is a benchmark of the upcoming SSD from MSI through CrystalDiskMark:

Msi Ssd Benchmark

Similar to Corsair’s MP600, the new drive from MSI uses a Phison PS5016-E16 controller. Moreover, according to Phison’s CEO Pua Khein-Seng, "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."

"Through these strategic alliances, ecosystem partners can finally embrace the growth of emerging application markets that can benefit from high-performance computing, such as 5G services and 8K HD content, unlocking the gate to the next technology era," he added.

With all that said, it’s also worth pointing out that the benefits that these speeds bring to gaming are pretty limited, as they only help increase the loading speed. Even a SATA solid state drive is more than enough for gaming purpose. Still, it's a nice sign to see that hardware manufacturers are pushing their limits. At the very least, the arrival of the faster SSDs will probably reduce the price of the older ones.

Gaming Ssd
the arrival of the faster SSDs might reduce the price of the older ones.

MSI has not revealed any details on the price of its new SSD or when it will hit the market.