The SSD market is getting more and more saturated and very competitive. Even well-known motherboard and graphics card manufacturers have entered this market. MSI recently announced its SPATIUM SSD series. The new series includes the M480, a Gen4 NVMe SSD; the M470, also a Gen4 but slightly slower; and the M370, an entry-level Gen3 NVMe SSD. It doesn’t look like it comes with a custom heatsink and the components (controller and NAND flash) used are still unclear at this point. Will the new MSI Spatium M480 be included in our best NVMe SSD list? Time will tell. For now, check out more details from the news release below.
MSI SPATIUM NVMe SSD Series Released – “Charging Ahead With Speed”
MSI is announcing the launch of its solid-state drive (SSD) product line with the introduction of SPATIUM. The initial product offering will include M480, M470, and M370, which are Gen4 & Gen PCIe NVMe SSDs in compact M.2 2280 form factors that can be installed into compatible desktop motherboards and laptops.
MSI continues to refine its identity as a high-performance PC brand and SPATIUM was envisioned to expand MSI’s ecosystem and cover the high-performance storage category. These SSDs are built with high-quality, high-density 3D NAND flash that delivers the best compromise of performance and endurance for professionals, content creators, and gamers. Among the performance-improving technologies include a DRAM cache buffer for M480 and M470; and an SLC cache for all announced models.
MSI Spatium M480 Gen4 NVMe SSD
The MSI SPATIUM M480 brings next-level storage performance to demanding content creators and gamers. Compliance with PCIe Gen 4 and NVMe 1.4 standards unleashes the latest in extreme transfer speeds up to 7000MB/sec sequential read and 6850MB/sec sequential write speeds. The M480 will be produced in three storage capacities – 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB. These SSDs are the fastest in the entire SPATIUM lineup.
MSI Spatium M470 Gen4 NVMe SSD
Meanwhile, the MSI SPATIUM M470 was developed to meet the expectations of mainstream SSD consumers. Blazing-fast speeds up to 5000 MB/sec sequential read and 4400 MB/sec sequential write speeds allow users using the latest generation of PCs to enjoy the capabilities of the PCIe Gen4 interface. Available storage capacities are 1TB and 2TB.
MSI Spatium M370 NVMe SSD
Finally, the MSI SPATIUM M370 marks MSI’s entry-level offering with its PCIe Gen3 interface, yet still offers the essential benefits of rapid file transfers and short loading times. 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB storage capacities are available that deliver ultra-fast speeds up to 2400 MB/sec sequential read and 1850 MB/sec sequential write speeds.
All of the announced SPATIUM SSD products support a comprehensive range of data error correction features including LPDC ECC and E2E Data Protection, providing a high TBW (Terabytes Written) for excellent durability and longevity. A limited 5-year warranty backs these products and MSI is ready to assist customers in most global regions.
MSI Spatium NVMe SSD Pricing and Release Date
Currently, MSI has not disclosed its suggested retail prices for the M480, M470, and M370. It’s also unclear when will these new NVMe SSDs be available for sale in retail stores. But, I’m guessing MSI will price these SSDs competitively. Otherwise, it would be difficult for the company to sell them; considering there are products like the Samsung 980 PRO, WD Black SN850, and even Gigabyte’s AORUS Gen4 7000s to compete with.