Since the arrival of Alder Lake, something we look forward to with open arms are the NVMe PCIe Gen 5 memory. And it is that, with the permission of the rest of the components that can also make use of and take advantage of the performance offered by this new technology, the data transfer speed that these memory media can reach is simply dizzying. If expectations are met, in a while we could see NVMe PCIe Gen 5 x4 memories with a speed of 16 gigabytes per second.
It is worth spending a moment to think about what that speed means, and that is that we are talking about that sit would be possible to move a terabyte in just over a minute. I don’t know about you, but the thought of moving a terabyte of data in a minute sounds crazy to me. Both for the creation and editing of audiovisual content, as well as for equipment dedicated to gaming, and even more so with the arrival of DirectStorage, the gaming experience on PC can be scaled up a few levels with NVMe PCIe Gen 5 memories.
Now, as that future approaches, some doubts arise about what it will take for it to materialize. And we are talking about a performance that poses a series of requirements, and among them, those related to heat management stand out, without a doubt. And it is that with PCIe Gen 4 units we have already seen how heatsinks have begun to become a key element for higher performance memories… what can we expect from NVMe PCIe Gen 5?
As we can read in Neowin, some experts already anticipate that high-performance NVMe PCIe Gen 5 memories will have to pay a significant price for it, and that is that passive dispel will no longer be enough. Thus, in order to guarantee its operation in safe conditions (come on, so that the PC does not burn out like a failure in San José), they consider that the jump from passive to active dissipation is inevitable, that is, that the memories must Have heat sink and fan.
It is true that the technologies involved are also working to optimize the operation of NVMe PCIe Gen 5 memories, so it is possible that the need for active dissipation will not be generalized in this generation. However, it seems quite likely that higher performance drives will have to make this leap, and that the adoption of the same becomes much broader with the arrival, in the future, of PCI Gen 6which also possibly requires a change in its connectors, to avoid potential bottlenecks.
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