Intel was the first CPU manufacturer to bring the new lightning-fast PCIe 5.0 standard to its CPU lineup with the release of Alder Lake back in November. However, since there were no PCIe 5.0-capable graphics cards or SSDs on the market, Intel wasn’t able to fully showcase its capabilities until today.
In a demo video posted by Ryan Shrout, Intel’s chief performance strategist, Intel shows how its Core i9-12900K Alder Lake processor can work with Samsung’s recently announced PM1743 PCIe 5.0 x4 SSD to provide astonishingly fast performance, which upon being measured in an IOMeter benchmark revealed an approximate throughput of 13.8 GB/s.
The system used for the demonstration included an Intel Core i9-12900K processor, an Asus Z690 motherboard, along with EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card. Meanwhile, the Samsung PM1743 SSD was hooked onto the motherboard using a special PCIe 5.0 interposer card, and the drive certainly did not disappoint.
From a practical standpoint, 13.8 GB/s of throughput may be overkill for any regular desktop user. However, Samsung isn’t planning to sell it to normal desktop users anytime soon.
Its new PM1743-series of PCIe 5.0 SSDs are only aimed at enterprise users who maintain huge servers. This means it will be available in a 2.5-inch/15mm form factor with dual-port support and a new generation of E3.S (76 × 112.75 × 7.5mm) dimensions.
Although PCIe 5.0 SSDs might not be available to normal desktop users at the moment, Intel’s demo gives us a look at a promising future where normal desktops could flaunt such fast data transfer speed, which would have been unimaginable a few years ago.
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