Samsung 990 EVO PCIe 5.0 SSD leaks via Samsung Ukraine

Samsung’s 990 EVO is the first Hybrid PCIe 4.0/5.0 SSD

Samsung Ukraine has accidentally listed their 990 EVO SSD on their website, confirming the existence or the company’s latest PCIe 5.0 SSD. Yes, unlike Samsung’s  990 PRO, the 990 EVO will be a PCIe 5.0 SSD, but not in the way that most expect.

Most PCIe 5.0 SSDs push for lightning-fast SSD speeds. The 990 EVO is different. It is a SSD that aims for the value segment of the SSD market with sequential read speeds of up to 5,000 MB/s. It also promises efficiency levels that are up to 70% higher than the 970 EVO Plus it replaced.

This SSD supports PCIe 4.0 x4 and PCIe 5.0 x2. This means that the 990 EVO can efficiently utilise PCIe 5.0 lanes when available, which can be an advantage given how few PCIe lanes most mainstream CPUs support.

Speed-wise, the 990 EVO offers users increased sequential read/write speeds of up to 5000/4200 MB/s. The drive also features random read/write speeds of up to 700k/800k IOPS. That’s 43% faster than the 970 EVO Plus 2TB model. With this new drive, Samsung are giving their mainstream SSD offerings a speed boost. That said, there are plenty of faster SSDs available.

Sadly, we do not know the pricing of Samsung’s new 990 EVO SSD. We do know that this SSD will be available when it launches in 1TB and 2TB forms. The drive will also ship without a heatsink, which makes sense given its efficiency gains over the 970 EVO PLUS.

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