Samsung has just introduced a SSD intensely fast, Samsung 990Pro high end. A successor to the 980 Pro, the SSD is said to offer up to a 55% improvement in random performance over its predecessor.
The new SSD, which will be released in the coming months, will no doubt bring tangible improvements for gamers and content creators alike. However, there will still be best SSDs in the near future, all because Samsung chose to stick to slightly older technology with the 990 Pro.
Samsung announces the new flagship as a true gaming beast, but says it will also succeed in a wide range of other applications, such as 4K video editing, where write speeds are important. The company says the 990 Pro comes with read speeds that top out at 7,540 megabytes per second (MB/s) and write speeds that top out at 6,900 MB/s.
To further boost the performance of this new NVMe SSD, Samsung has equipped it with its latest vertical NAND (V-NAND) which increases per-chip density, increasing performance without taking up too much space in the already small device. The SSD also has a new proprietary controller.
Samsung took the 990 Pro out for a spin in a gaming scenario, testing it on forspoken to demonstrate how much it speeds up game loading. With the Samsung 990 Pro, map load time was reduced to just one second compared to four seconds with a SATA SSD and 28 seconds for a typical HDD.
Some of the best SSDs often have a tendency to run hot, and Samsung addresses this by improving the drive’s power efficiency by up to 50% compared to the previous flagship 980 Pro. It also equipped the SSD with a number of features aimed at beat the heat. In addition, he created a second version of the unit, with the painfully simple name “990 Pro with Heatsink”. It does what it says on the tin, plus adds some RGB lighting to make the inside of your case look even more stylish.
As mentioned above, Samsung may be releasing a new SSD, and it sure looks fast, but the company is still sticking to the well-known PCIe Gen 4.0 technology instead of trying out PCIe 5.0. As things stand right now, Samsung has squeezed every ounce of performance out of PCIe 4.0, offering the highest speed currently available from the interface.
Naturally, PCIe 5.0 is twice as fast as 4.0, but you need an Intel Alder Lake CPU to use it, and there aren’t many PCIe 5.0 SSDs out there at all. On the other hand, while Samsung’s 990 Pro offers blazing fast speeds for that generation of PCIe, early PCIe 5.0 SSDs can reach speeds of up to 13,000MB/s read and 12,000MB/s write. We will surely start to see more of these PCIe 5.0 SSDs very soon, especially now that AMD Ryzen 7000 will soon hit the market and offer support for that interface.
The Samsung 990 Pro will launch in October with capacities going up to 2TB. The recommended list price for the 1TB model is $179, while the 2TB version will be priced at $309. The company has also teased a 4TB model, which will launch in 2023 at an undisclosed price. .