Intel Z490 chipsets and Rocket Lake CPUs deliver dizzyingly good SSD performance.
Unfortunately, buying the SSD is not enough
The reason is that the fourth generation SSD is here in the combination fourth generation PCIe.
It's still early, so it's been tested with an early developer model, ie an MSI Z490-A Pro motherboard (2000 kroner) with an unnamed Rocket Lake desktop CPU.
The Z490 and Z590 motherboards all get generation 4.0 support, but only with a compatible eleventh generation Intel rocket Lake CPU. Older tenth and 11th generation Comet Lake Refresh CPUs are not provided with 4.0 SSD support.
The new motherboard BIOS also adds support for Resizable BAR, the new technology that opens in the spring for GPUs and laptop GPUs and completely free and only with a firmware update increases the performance of supported configurations.
And here comes the point, for a Samsung 980 PRO 1 TB (2400 kroner) managed 7 Gb / s read and over 5 Gb / s write speeds in CrystalDiskMark.
This is a good deal more than what the PS5 can handle: Sony's console stops at around 5 GB / s uncompressed, but manages 8 to 9 GB / s if the data is compressed. We reckon that the same compression technique can be used on PC, in theory, if it is not standard for games already