Crucial’s T700: Slow as Molasses When Thermally Throttled

by Adeel Younas
Crucial's T700 Slow as Molasses When Thermally Throttled

In an unexpected turn of events, Crucial has released their T700 PCIe Gen5 SSDs with an unusual feature that may leave you scratching your head. As reported earlier, these lightning-fast SSDs are top of the line in market with fastest speed. However, in recent discovery we become aware it gets affected by thermal constraints. That in result will reduce their performance to that of an old-school HDD. Yes, you read that correctly: it’s the equal of going from a sleek sports car to a clunky, old jalopy. But, wait a minute, there’s more to this story!

Crucial T700 Gen 5 SSD Slow As An HDD

Computerbase came across this throttling mechanism while reviewing the Crucial T700 Gen 5 SSD. When faced with thermal limitations, other SSDs, such as Corsair’s MP700, choose to halt the system. Then display the dreaded blue screen of death (BSOD), but Crucial’s T700 M.2 NVMe 5.0 SSD soldier on, albeit at snail-like speeds. CrystalDiskMark measurements revealed a drop in performance to 101 MB/s, down from over 12 GB/s in actual transfer rates.

So, what distinguishes the Crucial T700 from the competition? These NVMe SSDs feature the standard NVMe 2.0 Gen5 x4 interface and are housed in a small M.2 2280 form factor. These drives, with capacities ranging from 1 TB to 4 TB, promise sequential read speeds of up to 12.4 GB/s and sequential write speeds of 11.8 GB/s.

Other Gen5 SSDs top out at around 10 GB/s read and 9.5 GB/s write speeds. Crucial clearly wants to meet the demand for speed.

To overcome thermal constraints, the T700 Gen5 NVMe SSDs feature a double-sided PCB with thermally targeted materials, a nickel-plated copper bottom plate, and an aluminum plate.

These design decisions intend to maximize airflow and keep the drives cool. After all, staying frosty is essential when pushing the limits of speed!

Crucial bills its T700 PCie Gen5 NVMe SSD as the “World’s Fastest Gen5 NVMe SSD,”. And it has piqued the interest of industry heavyweights.

AMD, NVIDIA, and ASUS have all jumped on board, recognizing the potential for high-performance gaming, photo editing, and video editing that these drives provide. You won’t want to miss this party!

Substantial Heatsinks Needed

While it’s recommended that these hotshot drives should pair with substantial heatsinks to keep them running at peak performance, there’s an exciting twist to consider.

The thermal constraints of the T700 may actually pave the way for OEMs to develop smaller cooling options, catering to users who desire compact workstations and laptops for their premium gaming experiences. Consider a tiny powerhouse that does not sacrifice performance due to thermal constraints!

However, there is a snag in the works. Do you remember the Corsair MP700? It’s being sold without a cooler, which means customers must either buy a separate cooler or risk drive failure.

This is not a situation you want to find yourself in, especially given the Corsair SSD’s limited supply and high price. It’s no surprise that this news has created quite a stir in the media.

If the Crucial T700 Gen5 NVMe SSD has piqued your interest and you’d like to get your hands on one, you’re in luck. The 1 TB version is already available for pre-order, with a retail price of $209.99. The 2 TB variant will release soon.

Source: Computerbase, WccfTech

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