PCI-SIG confirms Samsung's 990 PRO PCIe 5.0 SSD

Should we expect a 2x speed boost over the 980 PRO?

PCI-SIG confirms Samsung's 990 PRO PCIe 5.0 SSD

Samsung's building an ultra-fast PCIe 5.0 SSD, and it could be launching very soon

PCI-SIG have listed a new PCIe 5.0 SSD from Samsung called the 990 PRO, an M.2 SSD that will succeed the company's popular 980 PRO SSD. This SSD will be Samsung's first consumer-oriented PCIe 5.0 SSD, offering users speeds that far exceed today's PCIe 4.0 devices. 

Later this year, we expect to see a lot of PCIe 5.0 compliant motherboards from both AMD and Intel. This makes the second half of 2022 a perfect time to reveal and launch new PCIe 5.0 storage devices. Many builders of new PCIe 5.0 systems will want to create PCs with the fastest storage available, which means that many high-end consumers will be looking at PCIe 5.0 drives with interest.

Today's fastest PCIe 4.0 SSDs can give users sequential read speeds of over 7,000 MB/s, and thanks to the 2 bandwidth boost of the PCIe 5.0 interface, SSD manufacturers should be able to create drives that are 2x faster than this. For the enterprise PC/server market, Samsung has already created a 13 GB/s PCIe 5.0 SSD with their PM1743 series of enterprise storage solutions, and faster speeds could be possible with Samsung's latest NAND and controller technology.

PCI-SIG confirms Samsung's 990 PRO PCIe 5.0 SSD

Sadly, we do not know the size or performance levels of Samsung's 990 PRO SSD, though we expect it to be as fast, or faster than their existing PM1743 SSDs. Whether or not this SSD will fit into the standard M.2 2280 form factor remains to be seen, as we know that many motherboard manufacturers are building motherboards that can fit larger M.2 2580 (25mm wide, 80mm long) and M.2 25110 (25mm wide, 110 mm long) SSDs. 

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