Samsung trademarks 990 EVO Plus and 9100 PRO SSD models

Faster Samsung SSDs incoming? Samsung trademarks their new 9100 PRO SSD

Samsung have registered two new trademarks with the Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service, confirming the existence of two upcoming SSD models. These are the Samsung 990 EVO Plus, and the 9100 PRO.

With the 990 EVO Plus, we expect an updated version of the company’s existing 990 EVO. Expect Samsung to use newer/faster NAND and a refined SSD controller to deliver higher performance levels. The original 990 EVO is a hybrid 4x PCIe 4.0/2x PCIe 5.0 SSD, and we expect the SSD’s new plus model to be the same. With sequential performance of up to 5,000 MB/s read and up to 4,200 MB/s write, Samsung can make their original EVO SSD a lot faster while staying within its PCIe speed limits.

Samsung’s new 990 EVO Plus will push the performance of Samsung’s EVO series closer to their 990 PRO. That said, we do not expect it to reach the same performance levels.

Samsung 9100 PRO SSD – New High-End Model?

With their current flagship SSD, the 990 PRO, Samsung have reached the limits of their 9X0 naming scheme. This is why we think the 9100 PRO is a new high-end SSD from Samsung.

It is probable that this new SSD will be a PCIe 5.0 drive. However, it remains to be seen if this SSD will be able to reach the 14,000 MB/s speeds of other high-end PCIe 5.0 SSDs. Additionally, it remains to be seen how power-hungry or hot-running this SSD will be.

Samsung are late to the high-end PCIe 5.0 SSD market, and that may work in their favour. Evidently, many early PCIe 5.0 SSDs are hot running and require large heatsinks. If Samsung have built an efficient high-end PCIe 5.0 SSD controller, we can see their new 9100 PRO becoming very popular amongst PC enthusiasts.

These new trademarks from Samsung point towards a bright future for their SSD division. In the early days of NVMe SSDs, Samsung were known for creating the fastest drives. Their early 900 series drives were legendary, kickstarting the M.2 NVMe SSD with blitzing-fast performance. These drives left older SATA SSDs in the dust, and it would be great to see Samsung once again reach for the top of the SSD market.

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