Samsung’s new flagship SSDs are even more overkill for your PS5

Samsung has announced a new version of its flagship PCIe SSD, dubbed the 990 Pro. Not only does the PCIe 4.0 M.2 storage device come even closer to being as fast as it can theoretically be, but there’s also the option to get it with a heatsink that comes complete with RGB lighting (although, if you get that version to upgrade to a PlayStation 5, which requires additional SSDs to have a heatsink, those lights will likely be lost behind a layer of textured plastic).

The big selling point of the 990 Pro over its predecessor is that it’s even faster: on sequential reads and writes, it can do up to 7450MB/s and 6900MB/s, respectively, and can achieve 1400K random read I/O operations. . per second (or IOPS). That compares to the 980 Pro’s maximums of 7,000 MB/s for sequential reads, 5,000 MB/s for sequential writes, and 1,000,000 random read IOPS. While these speeds aren’t completely unheard of, they’re certainly not the norm—even the higher-end models from WD and Sabrent don’t really come close when it comes to write speeds.

Impressive as it is, the performance jump is nowhere near what we saw from the 970 Pro to the 980 Pro when Samsung upgraded from PCIe 3.0 to 4.0. Still, given how close Samsung came to maxing out the 8000MB/s theoretical limit of a PCIe 4.0 SSD with the 980’s read speeds, it’s impressive that it managed to get even closer. It’s also probably a bit overkill for all but the most advanced console and PC games; according to Sony, an additional SSD for the PS5 only has to be able to do 5000 MB/s in sequential reads.

Samsung did not immediately respond. the edgeThe question of how you were able to squeeze even more speed out of your SSDs without upgrading to a newer version of PCIe, but your press release mentions that the 990 Pro has a “redesigned controller” that takes care of the task of reading and write bits to and from NAND flash chips. To me, that seems like the most likely suspect; the company says it’s 50 percent more power efficient than the 980’s controller, and otherwise the two generations of SSDs look relatively similar when it comes to DRAM and the actual storage chips they’re using.

As for what all this means in the real world, well, I’m sure there are some applications where the extra performance of the 990 will make a difference. However, if you’re hoping to shave seconds off your computer’s boot times or improve game load speeds, I don’t think it’ll offer an appreciable difference over the 980. The upside to that is that if you see a big sell on the older model, you can pick it up without worrying that it will be an inferior product. That’s true even if you’re looking to upgrade from the somewhat demanding PS5; Samsung sells a version of the 980 with the required heatsink.

For those who want the cutting-edge performance of the latest and greatest, or that sweet RGB heatsink, the 990 Pro will go on sale in October, retailing for $179 for the 1TB model and $309 for the 2TB version. (For those counting, that’s $20 to $30 more than the MSRPs of comparable 980 Pro models. Inflation is indeed taking a toll on the tech.) A 4TB model will arrive next year, according to Samsung.

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