The latest storage standard has taken a long time to release an updated specification, but the wait is finally over. Gigabyte’s Aurous Gen5 SSDs are the first PCIe 5.0 M.2 drives available for purchase, boasting incredible read speeds of up to 9,500 megabytes per second.
However, finding one in stock and affording it may be a challenge, as the Aurous Gen5 10000 comes in both 1TB and 2TB capacities and includes a massive passive cooler that can be installed with or without it in an 80mm M.2 slot. Although the 2TB capacity was briefly available for $350 on Newegg, it quickly sold out on both Newegg and Amazon.
To take advantage of PCIe 5.0’s remarkable speed capabilities, you’ll need a compatible motherboard that has been on the market for over a year, waiting for the drives to arrive. If you can hold out a little longer, Samsung, Corsair, MSI, Patriot, and others are expected to release competing drives later this year or early next.