MSI SPATIUM M480 2TB HS PCIe 4.0 Gen4 NVMe SSD Review

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Test Setup

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MSI SPATIUM M480 2TB HS PCIe 4.0 Gen4 NVMe SSD System Setup Table

System Setup

We are using the motherboards current default BIOS settings.  We have DOCP enabled.  We are running the latest motherboard BIOS.  We have Windows 10 Pro configured to run in the “High Performance” power profile.  Windows has the latest updates.  NVMe drivers are installed if present on the manufacturer’s webpage. The SSD is installed in the M_1 M.2 slot, which has direct PCI-Express lanes with the CPU.

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Installation of the SSD went smoothly, this SSD does not need a special NVMe driver.  It uses the default Windows NVMe driver.  In CrystalDiskInfo we can see information on the SSD below.  CrystalDiskInfo shows this drive running the EIFM21.1 firmware, and NVM Express 1.4 protocol on PCIe 4.0 x4 interface.  Features supported: S.M.A.R.T., TRIM, VolatileWriteCache.

Unfortunately, right now, MSI does not have special software associated with the SSD, however, MSI Center will be getting an update to support it.  Therefore, we cannot take a look at the software just yet.

MSI SPATIUM M480 2TB HS PCIe 4.0 Gen4 NVMe SSD CrystalDiskInfo
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