MicroCenter has recently added a new SSD to their product line, which is based on the latest PCIe Gen5 standard. This new solid-state drive is from a company called Inland, and they claim that it can achieve sequential read speeds of up to 10 GB/s and write speeds of up to 9.5 GB/s. This is the first Gen5 SSD released by Inland, and it is now available for purchase in the US.
The TD512 SSD is being marketed as the ultimate gaming solution, but there isn’t any information available about the specific gaming features it offers. It’s currently available with a 2TB capacity, which is the only capacity option currently listed. This solid-state drive utilizes a PCIe Gen5 x4 interface and is designed in the NVMe M.2 2280 form factor, with a Phison E26 controller.
Based on the official specifications, the new drive has the same endurance rating as the older Gen4 model, which is 1400 TBW. However, the new drive boasts significantly higher IOPs (input/output operations per second), with reported rates of up to 1,500,000 and 1,250,000,000 for random 4K read and write. This is a notable improvement over the Gen4 drive, with a 2.3x increase in 4K read IOPs and a 1.78x increase in 4K write IOPs.
In terms of design, the TD510 SSD comes with a custom heatsink and a small fan that can be powered by either SATA or MOLEX connectors. The drive has been on the market for at least a week and there are already some reviews available. As anticipated, the built-in fan produces a considerable amount of noise, so it’s recommended to have proper passive cooling and good airflow to keep it cool.
The TD510 SSD is currently available for purchase at MicroCenter for $349.99, which is a higher price point compared to the last-gen drive based on PCIe 4.0 specs, which is currently priced at $145.