With Intel’s 11th era Rocket Lake processors lastly becoming a member of AMD in supporting PCIe 4.0, we’re now seeing sooner NVMe SSDs popping out of the woodwork. Teamgroup is the newest to debut a speedy 7GB/s drive, with the Cardea A440 obtainable in excessive 1TB or 2TB capacities. It has all of the qualities of the best SSD for gaming on paper, however we’ll see if it may possibly take the crown when benchmarks land.

Teamgroup states that the A440 has sequential learn and write speeds of 7000MB/s and 6900MB/s respectively, practically the utmost 8GB/s bandwidth supported on the PCIe 4.0 customary. This is spectacular contemplating most PCIe 4.0 SSDs provide write speeds round 5000MB/s.

The drive is accompanied by two heatsinks, with one utilizing a finned aluminium design. This ought to hopefully assist cool the SSD, retaining it as near the rated speeds for so long as attainable earlier than thermal throttling kicks in. It’s a swanky wanting heatsink, however sadly it’ll be hidden behind the best graphics card in lots of PC builds.

Endurance appears to be on par with different high-speed SSDs, with a 700TBW ranking for the 1TB mannequin, which is an identical to Sabrent’s 7000MB/s Rocket 4 Plus, and barely increased than the Samsung 980 Pro’s 600TBW.

When the Cardea A440 launches in May, there’s no telling what the inventory scenario shall be, however hopefully you received’t have to smuggle any in on speedboats. US costs are set at $229 for the 1TB mannequin and $429 for the 2TB mannequin – the latter costing you much less per GB and each sitting near rivals from Samsung and Corsair.