MSI has shared a first look at its upcoming Gen5 PCI-Express Card. This product should be of interest to Z690 motherboard owners who are planning to make the switch to PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSDs when they become available, as the new platform, Alder Lake, reportedly does not offer that level of support in its native M.2 slots. The card runs on a PCIe Gen 5 x8 interface and boasts a bandwidth of up to 128 GB/s.
MSI has warned that its Gen5 PCI-Express Card will take lanes away from the GPU, however. Graphics cards would have to be run in x8 mode with the card installed. It’s also unclear how much the card will cost or whether it might be bundled with some of MSI’s premium motherboards.