Samsung unveiled its new flagship SSD (solid-state drive) line, the 990 PRO series, which is said to be built for a wide range of applications such as gaming and 4K video editing.
There is a fair amount of hype for the 990 Because there were indications that this new SSD will run on the PCIe 5.0 interface. Unfortunately, people will have to wait a long time for a consumer-level PCIe 5.0 SSD from Samsung. 990 PRO series (opens in new tab) Still runs on the older PCIe 4.0 interface, like the 980. to propose Simple explanation (opens in new tab), PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) is an expansion bus used to transfer data from SSDs to graphics or video capture cards. PCIe 4.0 can transfer data at an average speed of 16GT/s (giga transfers per second) while the 5.0 interface does so at 32 GT/s.
This is not to say that PCIe 4.0 is slow by any means; Not as fast as 5.0.
Either way, the 990 PRO series still has impressive speed. Samsung claims the 990 offers a “55 percent improvement in random performance.” [old] 980 PRO.” According to the company, the 990 boasts read and write speeds of 7,540 MBs (megabytes per second) and 6,900 MB/s, respectively. Read speed refers to how quickly the 990 can access stored files. Faster speed means faster for apps. Launch time. And write speed refers to how fast the SSD can save files. This is especially useful for editors who must save or copy large 4K video files. Without these fast speeds, the process can be painfully slow.
Samsung claims to be able to push the performance of PCIe 4.0 for the combination of the company. V-NAND Memory Tech (opens in new tab) And the new proprietary controller inside the 990.
If that wasn’t enough, they are powered by new devices NVMe (opens in new tab) (Non-Volatile Memory Express) protocol for faster load times. Samsung test example 990 SSD with an upcoming game prophesied And found that the map load time was about one second. When testing on hard disk drives, load times increased to about 30 seconds.
Dealing with heat
With so much going on, an SSD like this can get pretty hot, so Samsung designed the 990 to be 50 percent more energy efficient than the 980 PRO. The SSD also has the company’s Dynamic Thermal Guard technology to ensure optimal temperatures, and a heat spreader label to keep things cool.
Samsung is also offering the 990 PRO with a Heatsink model for those who want an extra bit of temperature control. The details of how the heatsink model actually improves heat dissipation are unknown. The company says it “provides an extra layer of thermal control.” But the The heatsink model comes with RGB LEDs on the back (opens in new tab) For that extra bit of pizzazz.
The base 990 and Heatsink models will launch this October and come in two different storage capacities. The 1TB model will cost $179 while the 2TB has a $309 price tag. There are plans for a third 4TB model, but it won’t arrive until 2023. The price tag for the third SSD has not been revealed.
The announcement indicates that the price points are the same for the base and heatsink models. We reached out to Samsung to get clarification on this front because the wording was a little confusing. This story will be updated if we hear back.
We also asked if and when the company will launch a 990 PRO series model with a PCIe 5.0 interface. Corsair recently teased its new PCIe 5.0 SSD, which is slated to offer massive read speeds of 10,000 MB/s. Hopefully, Samsung will reveal the PCIe 5.0 model soon.
If you are interested in knowing more about these drives, TechRadar recently updated its best SSD list for 2022.