Nextorage launches NE5N PCIe 5.0 SSD

Nextorage, a subsidiary of Sony specializing in SSDs, previously introduced the NEM-PA series for PlayStation 5 console storage upgrades and the gamer-oriented G series, both available in domestic markets.

The company has now released the NE5N series PCIe 5.0 SSD for PC enthusiasts, with pre-orders available on Newegg. The 1TB and 2TB versions are priced at $249.99 and $499.99, respectively, with an official release date set for June 5th.

At the 2022 Tokyo Game Show, Nextorage showcased a prototype of its PCIe 5.0 SSD, featuring a massive heatsink. However, the early version has since been replaced by a newly designed heatsink utilizing a patent-pending “dual-layer structure + heat pipe” design for more even heat distribution and enhanced SSD cooling. One drawback of this design is its considerable height of 39.4mm, which may pose challenges for compact PCs. Nextorage plans to offer future versions without a heatsink for easier upgrades in laptops and similar devices.

The NE5N series PCIe 5.0 SSD conforms to the industry-standard M.2 2280 specification and is currently available in 1TB and 2TB capacities. It employs Phison’s PS5026-E26 controller, Micron’s 232-layer 3D TLC NAND flash memory, and 2GB or 4GB DDR4 cache. The maximum sequential read and write speeds are both 10,000 MB/s, while the maximum random read and write speeds reach 1.4M IOPS. The highest TBW (terabytes written) value is 1,400. As Nextorage showcased a 4TB prototype last year, it is possible that this capacity will be added in the future.