has introduced its latest line of NVMe solid state drives, the 990 Pro series. The company claims that it will reach almost the highest speeds that are theoretically possible from the PCIe 4.0 interface (PCI 5.0 SSD). Samsung hopes to deliver better performance for PC and console gaming, 4K and 8K content, and other data-intensive use cases.
The 990 Pro boasts sequential read and write speeds of up to 7,450 MB/s and 6,900 MB/s. The 980 Pro offers read and write speeds of up to 7,000 MB/s and 5,100 MB/s. The 990 Pro’s random read and write speeds are up to 1400K and 1550K I/O operations per second, according to Samsung. The company says that marks up to a 55 percent improvement over the performance of the 980 Pro.
Additionally, the company says that the 990 Pro will be up to 50 percent more energy efficient than the previous line. The latest SSDs have a newly designed controller with a nickel plating as well as a heat sink tag for reliable thermal management. The 990 Pro also employs Samsung’s Dynamic Thermal Guard technology to help keep the drive’s temperature in the optimal range. There’s a heatsink version that offers additional thermal control, as well as RGB lights for some reason, which will be super necessary if you’re planning on hooking up the 990 Pro.
The 980 Pro is one of our favorite SSDs (I haven’t had any complaints with my one). So we expect the 990 Pro to be even better thanks to faster speeds and better power efficiency. Samsung will start selling the 990 Pro series in October. SSDs start at $179 for a 1TB model and $309 for a 2TB version. The company also plans to offer a 4TB variant next year.
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