Essential is getting ready to launch its ultra-fast T700 SSD, which is now obtainable to pre-order beginning at $209.99 for the 1TB mannequin. The drive is at present the world’s quickest Gen 5 SSD, surpassing all the SSDs on our listing of finest SSDs with learn speeds of practically 12 GB/s. The drive launches later this month, on Could 30.
The T700 is a PCIe Gen 5.0 x4 NVMe M.2 SSD, rated for as much as 12,400 MB/s in sequential learn speeds, and as much as 11,800 MB/s in sequential write speeds, in addition to random learn speeds and write speeds of as much as 1,500K. It is a double-sided 2280 M.2 drive that includes Phison’s bleeding-edge E26 controller, 4GB of LPDDR4 reminiscence, and Microsoft DirectStorage API.
Efficiency will fluctuate relying on the drive capability you select: the 1TB mannequin will characteristic barely decrease learn and write speeds (11,700 MB/s sequential learn speeds, 9,500MB/s sequential write speeds, 1,350K random learn speeds, 1,400K random write speeds, in addition to an endurance score of 600TB). The 2TB and 4 TB each get the sooner drive speeds talked about earlier, with the one distinction being the drive endurance — which is rated at 1,200TB for the 2TB mannequin and a couple of,400TB for the 4TB mannequin.
We previewed the drive two weeks in the past, and located it certainly lives as much as its superlative because the world’s quickest SSD. The prototype T700 we obtained outperformed each single SSD we have examined thus far, together with the Phison PS5026 engineering pattern, Aorus Gen 5 10000, Samsung 990 Professional, and extra in a plethora of exams together with DiskBench, PCMark 10, and 3DMark. We count on the manufacturing model to carry out simply as properly — if not higher — than the prototype model we examined.
Unsurprisingly, Essential’s new SSD will not come low cost and price roughly twice what PCIe Gen 4 drives go for today. The drive will begin at $179.99 for the 1TB mannequin, whereas the 2TB mannequin will price $339.99, and the 4TB mannequin will price a whopping $599.99. Heatsink variations of the T700 will price an extra $30 on high of the preliminary value.