New creations are currently rather rare on the flash storage market. Instead, almost all manufacturers rely on revised SSDs of already available series. This is also the case for Silicon Power. With the Xpower XS70, the company has introduced a blazingly fast SSD in M.2 format that is supposed to outdo its predecessor in terms of performance. In addition to a maximum read speed of 7,300 MB/s, it should also be able to offer a write speed of up to 6,800 MB/s. This should only benefit notebook owners. Not only owners of notebooks or desktop PCs should be able to benefit from this. Thanks to its exciting cooling technology, the optional 1 terabyte, 2 terabyte or 4 terabyte SSD should also fit perfectly in a PlayStation 5.
Latest generation PCI Express
The XS70 will probably be one of the last SSDs where PCIe Gen4 x4 can still be called the latest interface technology. After all, the first manufacturers want to launch SSDs with PCIe Gen5 on the market as early as this summer. But precisely because the reign of PCIe Gen4 x4 is imminent, the manufacturers get everything out of the (still) non plus ultra. If you compare the predecessor SSD US70, which is also based on PCIe Gen4 x4, this becomes more than clear.
In fact, while the latter barely reached a maximum of 5,000 MB/s, the XS70 manages a whopping 7,300 MB/s, according to Silicon Power. That would be an improvement of almost 50 percent. With that, the manufacturer should have almost exhausted the speed of PCIe Gen4 x4. While we know all about interface technology and transfer speeds, there are big question marks in the area of the controller. However, since it is a premium SSD, we can clearly assume that 3D TLC NAND will be on board in addition to a DRAM cache.
A boon for PS5 owners
Silicon Power obviously didn’t only think about PC owners when designing its XS70. After all, the manufacturer installs a special aluminum cooler, which is supposed to deliver a reliable cooling performance. Thanks to a cool cooling fin design, heat dissipation is ensured so that the SSD is cooled from both sides. This, combined with an extremely slim design (10.8 mm thick), ensures that the SSD is ideally suited for installation in a PlayStation 5.
Many question marks
By the way, Silicon Power doesn’t only keep a low profile when it comes to the installed controller. The manufacturer also still owes us the TBW specification. This is the maximum amount of data written, which more or less voids the warranty period. However, we assume that the manufacturer will provide this data in due time. Unfortunately, the same applies to the important parameters price and availability. Should something happen in this regard, we will of course keep you up to date.