Nextorage, a company that is working with Sony to supply PlayStation 5 SSDs, is launching a new PCIe Gen 5 NVMe SSD called the NE5N. The new drive is targeted at the enthusiast PC market and has read and write speeds rated up to 10,000 megabytes per second (MB/s). The NE5N is available for pre-order on Newegg, starting at $249.99 for the 1TB model and doubling in capacity and price to $499.99 for the 2TB model. It will officially launch on June 5th.

During the Tokyo Game Show, Nextorage showcased a prototype of the NE5N drive, indicating its intention to compete in the PCIe Gen 5 market. While the company was originally thought to be a PlayStation 5 SSD supplier, it has since morphed into a respected SSD manufacturer with designs made for both console and PC that rival the best SSDs on the market.

The 2TB model features a maximum sequential write and read speed of 10,000 MB/s, a maximum random access speed of 1.4 million IOPS, and an endurance rating of 1,400 TB written. It also has 4GB of DDR4 SDRAM and a maximum power rating of 11W. The lower-capacity 1TB model is slightly slower, maxing out at 9,500 MB/s read speeds and 8,500 MB/s write speeds. It has 2GB of DDR4 SDRAM and a lower endurance rating of 700TB.

To cool the NE5N drive, it has an exotic-looking dual heatsink design that balances the temperature difference between the NAND flash and the SSD controller. It also features a patent-pending “two-story structure + heatpipe” design that evenly distributes heat across the heatsink itself for even better cooling. Although the downside of this heatsink design is that it is very tall and cannot fit into some compact PCs, consoles, and laptops, future versions of the NE5N will be made that don’t come with a heatsink, increasing compatibility with compact systems and laptops.

While Third-party heatsinks can be used in the PlayStation 5, users would be limited to PCIe Gen 4 speeds. Therefore, there is no point in spending extra for speed that cannot be used when there are plenty of cost-effective PS5 Gen 4 drives on the market.
Nextorage NE5N will officially launch on June 5th, 2023, starting at $249.99 for the 1TB and $499.99 for the 2TB versions. No 4TB version is available at the moment, but a 4TB prototype was shown during the Tokyo Game Show.

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