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Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) have become an integral component in modern computer systems, especially for those who engage in graphics-intensive tasks like gaming and video editing. With the release of PCIe 5.0, the latest version of the Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) interface, users are eagerly anticipating the compatibility of GPUs with this new technology. In this article, we will explore if any such GPU with PCIe 5.0 exists, what advantages the new interface offers, and what impact it may have on the performance of your system.
Despite the excitement surrounding the release of PCIe 5.0, both Nvidia and AMD have decided to stick with PCIe 4.0 for their latest GPUs. The Nvidia 4000 series and AMD RX 7000 series GPUs, which were released in late 2021, are still compatible with PCIe 4.0.
One reason for this decision is likely due to the fact that PCIe 5.0 is still a relatively new technology and is not yet widely adopted. PCIe 4.0, on the other hand, has been around for several years and is already widely used in many computer systems. Sticking with PCIe 4.0 allows these companies to maintain compatibility with a broader range of systems, without requiring users to upgrade their motherboards.
What GPU has PCIe 5.0?
Moore Threads, a Chinese company, has recently introduced the MTT S80, which is the first GPU to support PCIe 5.0 and is currently available in the market. Although the MTT S80 is not considered a high-end GPU and is not expected to outperform the latest offerings from Nvidia, AMD, or Intel, it is still a noteworthy addition to the market. For the first time, a Chinese GPU is capable of delivering playable performance across many games, which makes it a compelling option for budget-conscious gamers.
The MTT S80 features 4096 cores based on the MUSA architecture and comes equipped with 16GB of GDDR6 memory. Its most notable feature is the PCIe Gen5 interface, which is not currently available with the RTX 40 or RX 7000 series from Nvidia and AMD, respectively. However, it’s important to note that conforming to this standard does not guarantee magically higher performance, as it also depends on various other factors, such as software optimization and thermal design.