During CES 2023, MSI announced two lines of high-speed M.2 drives with PCI-E 5.0 support – MSI Spatium M570 Pro and MSI Spatium M570.
SSDs of both series are based on the Phison E26 controller. Meanwhile, the Spatium M570 Pro uses Micron’s 232-layer flash memory, allowing for claimed peak transfers of 12,000/10,000 MB/s read and write, while the Spatium M570 is based on slower TLC chips, allowing transfers at the level of 10,000 MB/s for operations of both types.
High-speed SSD controllers require effective cooling, so MSI drives in the basic version will be offered with an additional radiator unit. Moreover, in the Pro version, the cooler has a combined configuration, the design of which uses a plate with an evaporation chamber, as well as an additional cassette with thin aluminum plates while the Spatium M570 will use a massive block with additional ribs in the profile.
In both cases, non-cooling versions will be available for use in mobile systems. So far, it is known that such SSDs will be available as options for MSI Raider GE78 HX and MSI Titan GT77 HX laptops.
MSI’s demo bench, assembled on a platform with a Ryzen 9 7950X processor and an MSI MPG X670E Carbon motherboard, was able to evaluate the baseline performance of the MSI Spatium M570 Pro 2 TB.
As can be seen in the CrystalDiskMark screenshot, in SEQ 1M Q8T1 mode, the drive provided a read speed of 12,350 MB/s and a write speed of around 11,800 MB/s. We remind that the fastest M.2 PCI-E 4.0 models can get about 7,000 MB/s under such conditions.
Also at the show there was an MSI Raider GE78 HX laptop loaded with a 2TB Spatium M570 Pro, which provided an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the performance of the SSD in such conditions. As you can see, the read speed remained unchanged, while the maximum write speed decreased to ~9,000 MB/s. Also, the indicators of work with 4K-blocks are noticeably lower. Obviously, to unlock the potential of such SSDs, the presence of an effective additional cooler is a prerequisite.
The MSI Spatium M570 Pro and MSI Spatium M570 lines will include 1 TB, 2 TB and 4 TB models. The Spatium M570 is scheduled to go on sale in the first quarter of this year, while the Pro version will likely be available later (Q2-Q3 2023) due to limited supplies of high-speed flash memory. The cost of the SSD has not yet been announced by the manufacturer.