U.2 and U.3 enabled drives may not look so different at first glance – but one of these things is definitely not like the other. Just ask Linus. In a recent Linus Tech Tips video, he took a look at our CM6 Series PCIe® 4.0 U.3 SSDs, and explained how they not only push the limits of flash storage performance - but solve cross-compatibility issues as well.
Linus explains that having one physical connector doesn’t mean you can’t use different protocols over it. Our CM6 Series drives are SFF-TA-1001 conformant (also known as U.3), which allows them to be used in tri-mode enabled backplanes, which can accept SAS, SATA or NVMe® SSDs. There are many benefits to having this flexibility amongst protocols, as single servers with a single type of bay can now take on many different roles.
As the first company to publicly demonstrate PCIe 4.0 SSDs1, KIOXIA has established itself as a leader in developing PCIe and NVMe SSDs. Our CM6 Series brings planned performance improvements of 2x over its PCIe 3.0 predecessors and is 12x faster than SATA drives2. But don’t just take our word for it – see Linus and our CM6 Series SSDs in action.
1 As of August 2019
2CM6 Series comparison to a hard disk drive is based on publically available data. Hard drive form factor specification: industry standard 3.5” form factor (101mm x 146mm x 41). Highest capacity HDD is a 20TB (WD Ultrastar DC HC620). Fastest hard drive burst performance is 300MB/s.
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