Samsung's high-performance 990 PRO SSD is now available in the UK
A 4TB model is coming in 2023
Published: 22nd November 2022 | Source: Amazon UK (Affiliate Link) |
Samsung pushes the limits of PCIe 4.0 with its new 990 PRO series of SSDs
Samsung is well known for producing some of the fastest SSDs on the market, be it during the era of SATA, the early days on M.2 NVMe SSDs and even today with their latest PCIe 4.0 SSDs. Now, Samsung has a new flagship SSD, the Samsung 990 PRO, which promises users sequential read speeds of up to 7,450 MB/s.
While the 990 PRO uses the same PCIe 4.0 interface as Samsung's older 980 PRO SSD, Samsung's newer SSD models utilises newer NAND and a new In-house SSD controller to deliver a significant boost to both performance and power efficiency.
Samsung claims to deliver up to a 55% increase in RANDOM I/O performance over their 980 PRO, and can essentially max out the PCIe 4.0 interface with sequential read speeds of up to 7,450 MB/s. Sequential write speeds also see a significant boost with Samsung's 990 PRO, as do random read/write IOPS. You can see the full specifications of Samsung's 990 PRO below, and how they compare to Samsung's 980 PRO.
|Samsung 980 PRO||Samsung 990 PRO|
|Interface||PCIe Gen 4.0 x4 NVMe 1.3||PCIe Gen 4.0 x4 NVMe 2.0|
|Form Factor||M.2 (2280)|
|Controller||Samsung Elipis||Samsung In-House Controller (New)|
|NAND||Samsung V-NAND 3-bit TLC||Samsung V-NAND 3-bit TLC (New)|
|DRAM||1GB LPDDR4||1GB LPDDR4||2GB LPDDR4||4GB LPDDR4|
|Sequential Read/Write Speed||Up to 7,000/5,000 MB/s||Up to 7,450/6,900 MB/s|
|Random Read/Write Speed (QD32)||Up to 1,000K/1,000K IOPS||Up to 1,400K/1,550K IOPS|
|Management Software||Samsung Magician|
|Total Bytes Written||600 TBW||600TBW||1200 TBW||2400 TBW|
|Warranty||5 Year Limited Warranty|
(We reviewed Samsung's 990 PRO 2TB SSD last month)
Power-wise, the 990 PRO's new controller offers users up to a 50% increase in power efficiency over the Elipis controlled used in their 980 PRO SSD. This reduction in power draw results in less heat production and lower SSD thermals, This change is beneficial for all users, especially those who work their SSDs hard during productivity tasks.
Today, Samsung's 990 PRO SSD is now available in the UK through Amazon, with the SSD's 1TB and 2TB model being available. Samsung has confirmed that a 4TB version of this SSD is due to ship in 2023, adding an even higher capacity option to Samsung's high-end SSD lineup.
Samsung 990 PRO
- 1TB - £154.99 - Amazon UK
- 2TB - £283.99 - Amazon UK
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