Samsung introduced the 990 Pro, a PCIe 4.0-based NVMe SSD suitable for graphically demanding games and other intensive tasks such as 3D rendering, 4K video editing, and data analysis.
“With continued innovations in gaming, 4K and 8K technology, as well as AI-driven applications, consumers’ need for high-performance storage is growing exponentially,” said KyuYoung Lee, Vice President of Brand Products Business Team Samsung memory.
“The 990 Pro provides an optimal balance of speed, power efficiency and reliability, making it the ideal choice for avid gamers and creative professionals looking for uninterrupted work and play.”
Extreme performance for an immersive gaming experience
Featuring Samsung’s latest V-NAND and a new proprietary controller, the 990 Pro series offers the highest speed currently available from the PCIe 4.0 interface.
It offers read and write speeds of up to 7,450 megabytes per second (MB/s) and 6,900 MB/s, respectively, while random read and write speeds go up to 1,400K and 1,550K IOPS respectively.
With up to a 55% improvement in random performance over the 980 Pro, the 990 Pro is ideal for heavy gaming as well as creative and productivity tasks, Samsung claims.
With NVMe technology, the 990 Pro offers faster load times for PC and consoles.
When tested with Forspoken, the upcoming action RPG from Luminous Productions, the map load time was approximately one second, compared to four seconds on a Sata SSD and 28 seconds on a hard drive ( HDD).
Based on a low-power architecture, Samsung’s controller improves SSD power efficiency by up to 50% compared to the 980 Pro.
Additionally, the 990 Pro sports a nickel plating on the controller and a heatsink label on the unit for thermal management.
Samsung’s Dynamic Thermal Guard technology further ensures that the unit’s temperature remains in the optimal range.
The 990 Pro version with heat sink offers an additional layer of thermal control.
Samsung’s 990 Pro can also be integrated for laptop and desktop upgrades, as well as for building your own PCs, providing a performance boost.
The 990 Pro will be available worldwide starting in October with manufacturer’s suggested retail prices of US$179 ($257) for the 1TB model and US$309 ($444) for the 2TB model.
A 4TB capacity version will be available starting next year.
This first appeared in the CommsWire subscription newsletter on August 26, 2022.
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