Unleashing the Speed: A Review of the Crucial T705 SSD, the Fastest PCIe 5.0 SSD

The Crucial T705 is a blazingly fast benchmarking PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSD available in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities. With impressive overall performance, it comes with the latest Phison PS5026-E26 controller and 232-layer TLC NAND. The drive also features a 1GB DDR4 primary cache for every 1TB of capacity and is backed by a standard five-year warranty with a 600TBW rating per 1TB of capacity.

While the T705 offers awe-inspiring benchmark numbers, the drive comes with a hefty price tag. The 1TB version starts at $240, the 2TB at $400, and the 4TB at $690, without the optional heatsink. Prices jump to $260, $440, and $730 with the heatsink, and $484 for the 2TB version with the white heatsink. However, these were pre-release prices, and the drive may be available for less once it hits the market.

In terms of performance, the T705 excelled in synthetic benchmarking, with impressive sequential reading and writing speeds. However, real-world testing showed very good but not record-setting numbers for 4K tests and 48GB transfers due to Windows limitations. While the drive fared well in writing a 450GB single file, it was slightly outperformed by PCIe 4.0 drives with host memory buffers.

Ultimately, the T705 offers exceptional performance for PCIe 5.0 systems, provided that the user has software capable of leveraging its capabilities. However, for users seeking more cost-effective options, there are 1TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 HMB SSDs available for significantly less. Therefore, prospective buyers should carefully consider their specific performance needs before investing in the Crucial T705.

The drive was tested on a Windows 11 (22H2) 64-bit system with a PCIe 5.0 motherboard and i5-12400 CPU, and performance may vary based on system specifications and capacity.