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PCIe 5.0 SSDs: The Phison E26 flexes its muscles

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Last year was missed, but this year the first consumer SSDs with PCIe 5.0 should appear. Many third-party providers will rely on the Phison E26 controller. At the start of the year and CES 2023 there are many new benchmarks. The E26 flexes its muscles.

A lot is already known about the Phison E26 with PCIe 5.0 x4 and 8 channels, after all it was announced in September 2021. Exactly one year ago, details about CES 2022 followed.

However, the market launch announced for 2022, which was originally supposed to take place together with AMD’s new AM5 platform, was missed and there were also minor changes here and there in the key data. Initially, 12 GB/s was aimed for as the maximum throughput, now 14 GB/s are on the data sheet. The latest key data read as follows.

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Phison delivers benchmarks again and once again the advertised sequential transfer rates are not achieved. Instead, CrystalDiskMark reports around 10 GB/s for both reading and writing. Benchmarks with over 12 GB/s showed that it can also be faster. The cause is probably in the memory used: Micron’s 232-layer NAND is not supposed to work with the maximum possible 2,400 MT/s and thus slows down the controller.

Phison E26 achieves a good 100 MB/s with 4K random read Q1T1 (Picture: Phison)

But sequential throughput is by no means the only benchmark for assessing SSD performance. And so, for example, the performance of random reading with a low command depth (queue depth) plays a far greater role in everyday life, for example when starting applications, and is considered an important benchmark for the “perceived” system performance.

Phison now also reports a breakthrough here with the new screenshot: With 4K random read with Q1T1, i.e. one outstanding command and one thread, the mark of 100 MB/s is cracked. The company writes in its own blog that this is the first time for a Phison SSD. The “Enterprise DNA“It goes on to say. Because the E26 and the E20 for server SSDs are based on a comparable architecture.

To put the value into perspective: In the editorial team’s test field, the fastest subjects so far just missed the hurdle of 90 MB/s in this discipline. However, it should be noted that this 4K random read performance in particular also depends significantly on the CPU performance. A direct comparison is therefore only possible with the same test system.

Extensive independent testing

While Phison only provides a small preview of the expected performance of the PCIe 5.0 SSDs with E26, the website, which works closely with manufacturers, was allowed to The SSD Review already extensively try out the reference design in the variant with 2 TB of storage volume.

Reference design for PCIe 5.0 SSD with Phison E26
Reference design for PCIe 5.0 SSD with Phison E26 (Image: The SSD Review)

The mark of 100 MB/s in random reading is not only confirmed in CrystalDiskMark. More than 1.5 million IOPS are also achieved. In addition, the latency measured in PCMark 10 is even lower than that of the Samsung 990 Pro (test) and approaches the level of an Intel Optane P5800X, which, thanks to its 3D Xpoint phase change memory, cannot be beat in this respect. Phison himself speaks of a 30 percent improvement in latency compared to the predecessor (E18).

With an emphasis on doubling the bandwidth and improving latency by 30% of its predecessor PCIe Gen4, PCIe Gen5 E26 enables new experiences and possibilities for gaming and digital content creation. Paired with the latest I/O+ Technology for enhanced sustained workloads, E26 is transcending performance levels to new heights.

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The high performance of the E26 in combination with firmware (Phison I/O+) tailored to gaming workloads should also accelerate games and their loading times.

In the popular Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker benchmark, Phison’s reference design achieved a loading time of 5.94 seconds, while the next fastest SSD in the test field (990 Pro) needed 6.34 seconds or almost 7 percent more time. Even if this should hardly be noticeable, the potential of the new technology is also indicated here.

However, the SSD showed a rare weakness in PassMark’s DiskMark, where the predecessor E18 was even faster.

It’s getting hot

While coolers are not always a must for PCIe 4.0 SSDs, they are more likely to be mandatory for PCIe 5.0 SSDs. The sample with E26 was even equipped with a fan. But used The SSD Review instead, an adapter card from Asus with a large passive cooler was used for the tests.

Reference design for PCIe 5.0 SSD with Phison E26 and active cooling
Reference design for PCIe 5.0 SSD with Phison E26 and active cooling (Image: The SSD Review)
The adapter card with cooler was used in the test
The adapter card with cooler was used in the test (Image: The SSD Review)

Tests with the simple M.2 onboard cooler of the ASRock Z690 Velocita reportedly quickly reached 82 °C. With the passive cooler from Asus it was a maximum of 43 °C and the small active cooler from Phison was also sufficient.

When will the finished SSDs arrive?

Phison himself has not yet answered the question of the availability of the first PCIe 5.0 SSDs with Phison E26. And also The SSD Review is uncertain, but assumes a market launch in the first quarter of 2023. Various variants are expected to be presented at CES 2023.

ComputerBase received information about this article from Phison under NDA. The only requirement was the earliest possible publication date.

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The best contents of the week in MuyPymes

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We end one more Sunday with a new summary of the best content that we have published in MuyPymes, a classic where you will find the most important news of the week and you can catch up with just a few clicks. As always, we wish you a good Monday.

  • Where can I use the newborn, euro digital?
  • The State plans to increase spending on technology by 12% this year.
  • Online sales will increase in Spain by 20%.
  • Seven out of 10 ICT companies will increase their workforce in Spain.
  • These are the growth prospects for the label market in 2023.
  • Sony updates its camera catalog with the new 4K PTZ.
  • Apple will release a new iPad Mini later this year.
  • Epson expands its catalog of projectors with new 3LCD 4KE models.
  • Apple is working on a flexible iPad, and it could arrive next year.
  • Flexible remuneration, that great unknown.
  • These are the trends that will mark 2023 in the organization of events.
  • Titbit raises 150,000 euros in its second investment round.
  • Getac introduces the S410 laptop and F110 tablet, two ruggedized and powerful 5G-enabled computers.
  • Epson presents its new EB series video projectors.
  • How to choose hosting and domain for my website.
  • Brother expands its catalog of two-inch ticket and label printers.
  • Samsung presents the new Galaxy Book3.
  • What can we expect about cybersecurity, in the coming months.
  • Artificial Intelligence: how will it affect jobs?
  • Microsoft is starting to show full-screen Microsoft 365 ads.
  • Do you want to help children in vulnerable situations?
  • Microsoft Teams is integrated into the Elgato Stream Deck.

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Barcelona offers 200,000 euros to the project that reduces the accident rate of motorcycles

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Barcelona City Council has launched a challenge for companies, startups, universities and innovation centers to present urban solutions that have as objective reduce motorcycle-related accidents. The chosen projects, which will be applied in the city, are part of the Barcelona Innova Lab Mobility initiative that promotes pilot tests to improve mobility.

Barcelona is one of the European cities with a greater presence of motorcycles and mopeds which represent 33% of the total census of vehicles, and motorcycle drivers account for 86% of the seriously injured, according to the balance of road accidents for the first half of 2022. With the aim of reducing accidents and increasing road safety in the city, these entities have launched this initiative to find and apply innovative solutions on the streets of the city, with the collaboration of the Tomorrow.Mobility show organized by Fira and the EIT Urban Mobility (European Union initiative).

The challenge, launched internationally, counts with an economic endowment of 200,000 euros, which will correspond to a maximum of 80% of the total amount of the winning solutions. The projects can be aimed at resolving the accident rate from behavioral innovation, that is, with solutions related to driving habits, and from technological innovation.

The execution time of the selected proposals is 18 months, of which the pilot phase must be a minimum of six. The proposals must be applicable in a real environment in the short term and must define, in this sense, its deployment space. In addition, it must achieve quantifiable results in relation to the safety of motorcyclists and third parties, which are lasting over time. Its innovative and differential component will also be valued both in the methodologies and resources used and in its execution.

This call is aimed at companies, startups, universities, research centers, technology centers, associations and foundations that have until next March 1 to present their projects. A committee of experts will assess the technical quality of the works presented and will choose the winning solutions that could be applied in Barcelona during that same year. The projects will have international projection with their participation in the next edition of Tomorrow.Mobility, which will be held next November together with the Smart City Expo World Congress at Fira de Barcelona.

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Microsoft Teams integrates into Elgato Stream Deck

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The Elgato Stream Deck is a very interesting peripheral that we had the opportunity to analyze at the time, and that allows you to create different shortcuts and functions that will be associated to each of the available buttons. It allows you to create different usage profiles, and we can switch between them in a very simple way.

For example, we can assign to a button that directly opens a web page, to run a specific application, to perform a specific action and we can also set specific commands and download completely free applications. It is a very interesting solution, especially for professionals who are dedicated to content creation and streaming.

The point is that the Redmond giant has released an official plugin that allows you to integrate an Elgato Stream Deck device with Microsoft Teams. This plugin was announced by the American company earlier this week, but it was officially launched yesterday. The installation process is quite simple, but we can find more information in the official Microsoft forums.

Once installed, we can use the Elgato Stream Deck to access shortcuts and specific functions that will improve our user experience with Microsoft Teams. Thus, for example, we can blur the background in a video call by pressing a button, and we can also assign other specific functions such as raising and lowering our hand, muting ourselves, recording, and even to show live reactions during meetings.

This new plugin enhances the value of the Elgato Stream Deck, making it a very interesting solution for those who work remotely and have to participate in frequent video calls and events. Obviously it is still an excellent option for content creators and streaming professionals as well. I remind you that it is available in different versions, and that the standard MK.2 model with 15 buttons is priced at €149.99.

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