New MSI SPATIUM M480 SSD Revealed – Another 7000MBs M.2 NVMe SSD!

MSI SPATIUM M480 – New PCIe 4×4 7,000MB/s SSD for 2021

Good news for anyone who has been keeping an eye on the latest releases in SSDs in 2021/2022, with the reveal of ANOTHER PCIe Gen 4×4 SSD entering the market – the MSI M480 M.2 SSD. What makes this one stand out is that it is reported to be utilizing the new Phison E18 controller that is featured in the Seagate Firecuda 530 NVMe SSD that was revealed last week. In fact, this new MSI SPATIUM M480 SSD is actually one of THREE new SSDs that that brand has revealed and each drive is pretty much the top-end performance of what each tier of the current generation NVMe M.2 SSD have to offer right now (a fraction less so in the M370 though it has to be said. So let’s take a look at these three new PCIe SSDs and see whether they deserve your gamer or video editing data!

MSI SPATIUM M480, M470 and M370 SSD Specifications

Below is everything that was revealed on these three new SSDs, starting with the highest performing SPATIUM M480 SSD – which is likely to be another drive tipped for PS5 SSD Compatibility once Sony enables this function.

MSI SPATIUM M480 PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2

Optimized for the PCIe Gen4 interface, SPATIUM M480 SSD reaches read/write speeds up to 7000/6850 MB/s, allowing for rapid data transfer and shortened game load times.

  • Available in 500GB, 1TB, 2TB – Price: $TBC
  • PCIe Gen 4×4 NVMe 1.4
  • Phison E18 Controller
  • Max Sequential Read/Write 128KB – 7,000MB/s – 6,850MB/s
  • Max Random Read/Write IOPS – 650,000 – 700,000
  • 350/700/1400 TBW Respectively
  • 1.6Million Hours MTBF
  • 5yr Warranty
Additional Features

TRIM (Performance Optimization, OS support required)
SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology)
LDPC (Low-Density Parity Check) ECC Algorithm
End to End Data Path Protection
APST (Autonomous Power State Transition)
AES256/TCG OPAL2.0/Pyrite (Encryption, Data Security)

 

MSI SPATIUM M470 PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2

Optimized for the PCIe Gen4 interface, SPATIUM M470 SSD reaches read/write speeds up to 5000/4400 MB/s, allowing for rapid data transfer and shortened game load times.

  • Available in 1TB, 2TB – Price: $TBC
  • PCIe Gen 4×4 NVMe 1.3
  • Phison E16 Controller
  • Max Sequential Read/Write 128KB – 5,000MB/s – 4,400MB/s
  • Max Random Read/Write IOPS – 600,000
  • 1600 / 3300 TBW Respectively
  • 1.7Million Hours MTBF
  • 5yr Warranty
Additional Features

TRIM (Performance Optimization, OS support required)
SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology)
LDPC (Low Density Parity Check) ECC Algorithm
End to End Data Path Protection
APST (Autonomous Power State Transition)

 

MSI SPATIUM M370 PCIe 3.0 NVMe M.2

Optimized for the PCIe Gen3 interface, SPATIUM M370 SSD reaches read/write speeds up to 2400/1850 MB/s, allowing for rapid data transfer and shortened game load times.

  • Available in 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB – Price: $TBC
  • PCIe Gen 3×4 NVMe 1.3
  • Max Sequential Read/Write 128KB – 2,400MB/s – 1,850MB/s
  • Max Random Read/Write IOPS – 220,000 330,000
  • 200, 400, 800, 1600 TBW Respectively
  • 1.5Million Hours MTBF
  • 5yr Warranty
Additional Features

TRIM (Performance Optimization, OS support required)
SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology)
LDPC (Low Density Parity Check) ECC Algorithm
End to End Data Path Protection
APST (Autonomous Power State Transition)
AES256/TCG OPAL2.0/Pyrite (Encryption, Data Security)

 

When Will the MSI Spatium M480, M470 and M370 SSD Be Released?

There is still no confirmation on price or availability worldwide on these drives, though they were first revealed tentatively at the start of the year at CES 2021 when MSI formally announced they have in-house SSDs in the works (with other potential series and devices in the works). Additionally, the official pages are now up on the MSI worldwide sites with links to the usual global buy pages, however, at the time of writing, these still do not link to existing retailers that can supply! Expect these to land soon (Chia aside!!!) and though obviously, the MSI Spatium M480 will command the highest price, the growing competitor units such as the Firecuda 530 from Seagate and the older Samsung 980 Pro are both drives that promote 7,000MB/s+ too – so MSI may well err on the side of competitive pricing. Once again, keep an eye on this drive if you are a protective PS5 Storage Upgrade buyer in Summer/Autumn 2021, as it is rumoured that the long-awaited upgrade option for Playstation 5 owners internal SSD will be available in a soon-to-come update. Stay tuned!

 


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