Samsung 990 PRO SSD revealed: only PCIe 4.0 speeds, 1TB + 2TB capacity

Samsung's new 990 PRO SSDs: PCIe 4.0 speeds (no PCIe 5.0 just yet, unfortunately) and in 1TB, 2TB, 4TB capacities that are 'well-suited for heavy gaming'.

Published Aug 24, 2022 8:08 PM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Sep 19 2022 5:03 AM CDT
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When Samsung started teasing their next-gen 990 PRO on their official Twitter, I was a little excited... another super-fast PCIe 5.0-based SSD was being unveiled... but nope: here's the Samsung 990 PRO, a new PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD.

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The new Samsung 990 PRO SSD has been launched, rolling out with a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface and max reads of up to 7.4GB/sec (7450MB/sec) and up to 6.9GB/sec (6900MB/sec) writes. Samsung is offering its new 990 PRO SSDs in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities with 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB of LPDDR4 memory respectively across the drives.

Samsung is using its in-house SSD controller, and in-house Samsung V-NAND 3-bit TLC inside of the new 990 PRO SSDs, with pricing starting at $179 for the 1TB version, and $309 for the 2TB version. Samsung will launch the larger 4TB model of the 990 PRO in 2023, which is not a great thing to see when you're launching your new flagship SSD... the largest model is still months away.

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KyuYoung Lee, Vice President of the Memory Brand Product Biz Team at Samsung Electronics explains: "With continuing innovations in gaming, 4K and 8K technology as well as AI-driven applications, consumers' need for high-performance storage is growing exponentially. 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".

Samsung is trying to hype up the gaming side of the new 990 PRO SSD, but there's not much here that is going to make you buy the Samsung 990 PRO SSD over something from the likes of Sabrent and their 4TB or 8TB Rocket 4 Plus PCIe 4.0 SSD. There are plenty of PCIe 5.0 SSDs that have been announced and are right around the corner, which will destroy the Samsung 990 PRO.

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The company says its new high-performance NVMe SSDs are ready for the full benefits of the latest game consoles (PlayStation 5) and gaming technologies (DirectStorage API). Samsung's new 990 PRO SSD has up to 7.4GB/sec (7450MB/sec) sequential reads and up to 6.9GB/sec (6900MB/sec) sequential writes, while there's up to 1400K and 1550K IOPs, respectively.

Samsung says that with the 55% improvement in random performance over the 980 PRO, the new 990 PRO is "particularly well-suited for heavy gaming as well as creative and productivity tasks".

I guess this is what "The Champion Maker" was all about, eh, Samsung?

Buy at Amazon

SAMSUNG 980 PRO SSD 1TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe Gen 4 (MZ-V8P1T0B)

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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