MSI have announced their first SSDs, and they're incredibly fast

You probably know MSI from their graphics cards, motherboards, gaming laptops or even their extensive line-up of mice, keyboards and headsets, but now the component maker has announced they’re going to start making SSDs as well.

MSI hope to “redefine the gaming SSD” with their two TLC-based drives, offering top read and write speeds of 7000MB/s and 6900MB/s and maximum capacities up to 4TB.

Alas, that was the extent of what MSI revealed during their press conference, so we don’t yet know how these drives will differ from each other, how much they’re going to cost, or when we’ll be able to get our hands on them.

MSI’s SSD read speed, on the other hand, is very much on par with its rivals, as both Samsung and WD’s drives are rated to hit an identical 7000MB/s.

Indeed, based on the current prices of Samsung’s 980 Pro, which start at £78 for 250GB in the UK at time of writing (and £210 for 1TB), MSI’s drives might just be a tad too expensive to make that extra speed worth it.

Indeed, even Samsung’s 980 Pro prices are already quite a bit more than what you can spend on an older PCIe 3 NVMe drive such as WD’s superb Blue SN550 these days, which normally costs around £35 for 250GB and £95 for 1TB.

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