Lenovo SL7000 50E PCIe 5.0 SSD hits 12.4 GB/s

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Lenovo has introduced the SL7000 50E, a PCIe 5.0 SSD, demonstrating impressive performance capabilities that can rival top-tier SSDs. With rated speeds reaching up to 12.4 GB/s, the SL7000 50E competes effectively in the realm of PCIe 5.0 storage devices. Maintaining the conventional M.2 2280 form factor, the SL7000 50E comes in a bare drive presentation adorned with a simple sticker. Unlike some PCIe 5.0 SSDs, it lacks bulky heatsinks.

However, this absence of a heatsink may not pose a significant concern, as modern motherboards typically provide M.2 slots equipped with built-in heatsinks.Powering the SL7000 50E is the Phison PS5026-E26 controller, a popular choice among SSD manufacturers for PCIe 5.0 drives. On the NAND front, Lenovo employs 232-layer TLC 3D chips sourced from an undisclosed vendor, although indications point to Micron's 2,400 MT/s variant.

The SL7000 50E achieves impressive sequential read and write speeds, maxing out at 12.4 GB/s. This puts it in the same league as the Crucial T700, Galax HOF Extreme 50S, and Teamgroup Cardea Z540. While Lenovo hasn't disclosed the drive's random performance figures, it's available in four capacities: 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB. Notably, Lenovo offers the SL7000 50E in a 512GB capacity, catering to a wider range of users.

Pricing for the 1TB model starts at $210, with the 2TB version priced at $365 on JD.com. Comparatively, this pricing appears slightly higher than some competitors, such as the Crucial T700, which retails for $179.99 (1TB) and $287.52 (2TB). The prices for other capacities of the SL7000 50E remain undisclosed at this time. Lenovo backs the SL7000 50E with a respectable three-year limited warranty, although it falls short of the five-year warranties offered by many other brands for PCIe 5.0 drives.

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