Lexar SSDs: NM1090 with PCIe 5.0 and heatsink for the NM790

Lexar will also jump on the bandwagon of M.2 SSDs with PCIe 5.0. The NM1090 shown at Gamescom uses the usual Phison E26 controller platform and Micron’s 232-layer TLC NAND (B58R). At the top, 12 GB/s should be possible when reading. Lexar is also planning a variant of the NM790 PCIe 4.0 SSD with a cooler.

Lexar NM1090 PCIe 5.0 SSD

Lexar promises sequential transfer rates of up to 12 GB/s when reading and 11 GB/s when writing for the NM1090. That’s just a little less than the Crucial T700 (test). The M.2 SSD with PCIe 5.0 x4 and NVMe 2.0 is to be offered with storage capacities of 1 TB, 2 TB and 4 TB.

While Lexar only speaks of a current 12 nm controller in the press release, photos from Gamescom reveal that the Phison E26 is used in combination with Micron’s B58R. This is not a surprise as the same combination forms the basis for all currently available consumer PCIe 5.0 SSDs.

The model on display was equipped with a passive cooler, but the NM1090 should have active cooling. A press photo shows the design with a central mini fan, which Corsair first planned and then didn’t bring to the market.

According to the reports, Lexar plans to launch the NM1090 in the fourth quarter of 2023, probably in November. The plan is to undercut the competition by up to 20 percent. For the same components, this should mean significantly lower margins for Lexar. In return, this would exert price pressure on the competition.

If the information is correct, Lexar only uses half as much DRAM cache: 1 GB for the 1 TB model, 2 GB for the 2 TB model and 4 GB for the 4 TB model. This would save costs.

Lexar PCIe 5.0: A flat cooler for the NM790

The Lexar NM790 with PCIe 4.0 is currently attracting a lot of attention because the 4 TB model costs less than 200 euros and is by far the cheapest model in the performance class with around 7 GB/s. ComputerBase is currently testing the drive.

The Lexar NM790, which is equipped with a Maxiotek controller and 232-layer NAND flash from YMTC, has so far been offered without a cooler. A new variant with a cooler that is flat enough to be used in the PlayStation 5, for example, has now been announced for Gamescom. A date for the market launch is not yet available.

Lexar PCIe 5.0: 8400 MT/s DDR5 RAM

Lexar also showed new DDR5 memory from the Ares RGB series. 8,000 MT/s and 8,400 MT/s modules are designed to appeal to enthusiasts and overclockers. The RGB lighting effects can be individually adjusted.

When NM1090 will be launched?

According to the reports, Lexar plans to launch the NM1090 in the fourth quarter of 2023.

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