It would sure be nice to know when they will arrive. Not in a rush myself though. I mean, despite still using GTX 1050 Ti in my new rig, in particular games load and run way nicer now, even though having "only" 3,500MB/s sequential read NVMe SSD so far. But at this point I doubt I would see a huge improvement about gaming if with a PCIe 5.0 SSD. And that partially because not many a game code seems to necessarily account for very fast storage access yet, and also because at currently 1080p here, there isn't as much data volume to load in during the game as e.g. at 4K with high-resolution textures. Still looking forward to PCIe 5.0 SSDs though, such as in regard to open-world games and non-blurred view distance.
Higher random IOPs sure is better. The number varies based on what queue depth the talk is about though. And how relevant it is, that also depends. I.e. about gaming, when a game has all the level data in a single file container, then the sequential read is way more relevant when "fast loading" is the primary goal for an user.
I guess you can go back to SATA then. We use BOTH, but almost every day is focused on IOPS, but ideally you want a mix, so a lot of small and a lot of medium size transfers can finish almost instantly. We can say 4K, and 4M size transfer rates is what we should care about.
For us, it means there will be new controllers designed, which should have both IOPS and top speed bumps.
I am personally happy that prices might drop.
Micron announced 232 like 3 months ago, and their previous offering was available ~6M after announcement, with another 3M before it was available without big orders.
I assume we might see first products with it around summer ?