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Samsung officially unveils the 990 PRO SSD

by on25 August 2022

Hitting sequential read of 7,450MB/s on PCIe 4.0

Samsung has officially announced its latest 990 Pro SSD, an M.2 (2280) SSD based on Samsung V-NAND 3-bit TLC NAND, in-house controller, and PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe 2.0 interface.

The new Samsung 990 Pro promises up to a 55% improvement in random performance as well as up to 50 percent better power efficiency, both compared to the 980 Pro. Samsung is aiming at gamers as well as other intensive tasks like 3D rendering, 4K video editing, and data analysis with its latest 990 Pro SSD.

"With continuing innovations in gaming, 4K and 8K technology as well as AI-driven applications, consumers' need for high-performance storage is growing exponentially," said KyuYoung Lee, Vice President of the Memory Brand Product Biz Team at Samsung Electronics. "The 990 PRO provides an optimal balance of speed, power efficiency and reliability, making it an ideal choice for avid gamers and creative professionals seeking uninterrupted work and play."

The Samsung 990 Pro will be available in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities, with the 4TB version scheduled to become available next year. It will also be available with and without the heatsink.

Performance-wise, the Samsung 990 Pro sequential read and write peaks at 7,450MB/s and 6,900MB/s, while the random read and write (QD32) is at 1,400K IOPS and 1,550K IOPS.

It is backed by a five-year warranty and has set TBW (total bytes written) of 600TB for the 1TB version, 1,200TB for the 2TB version, and 2,400TB for the 4TB version.

The Samsung 990 Pro should be available in 1TB and 2TB versions as of this October with MSRP set at $179 for the 1 TB model and $309 for the 2 TB. As noted, the 4TB version will come next year.


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