Samsung Announces New 990 PRO SSD, No PCIe Gen5 Support

Today, Samsung announced their upcoming and previously leaked 990 Pro SSD. The 980 Pro blew the market away with its insanely fast Gen 4.0 speeds when it first launched. The Korean giant gave us some insight regarding the expected performance.

No PCIe 5.0 Support

In a very unexpected manner, Samsung’s 990 Pro does not support the PCIe 5.0. This is a bit disappointing because AMD’s PCIe 5.0 supported AM5 motherboards are just around the corner. PCIe 5.0 is a massive improvement up from the previous gen PCIe 4.0,  providing up tp 128GB/s transfer rate in a x16 lane

Speed Metrics

Equipped with Samsung’s V-NAND and a new proprietary controller, the 990 Pro will utilize the full power of PCIe Gen 4.0. The read/write speeds are rated at 7,450 megabytes per second (MB/s) and 6,900 MB/s, respectively. Samsung rates this as a 55% improvement over the last 980 Pro in random performance.

Those looking for instant game load times, the 990 Pro was tested in Forspoken, an upcoming title from Luminous Productions. The new 990 Pro flexing its muscles loaded the map in 1 second as compared to 4 seconds for a typical SATA SSD. The HDD (Hard Disk Drive) based system falls behind massively at 28 seconds

A Gaming Centric Theme

Moving on to the actual design of the SSD, Samsung opted for a ‘gaming’ look. Expect much faster load times due to the additional RGB featuers. This is a bit odd because Samsung SSD always featured the fancy and simple yet stunning black theme. 

Samsung 990 Pro | Samsung via Videocardz

The red theme is a bit interesting because the most Samsung ever did in terms of a ‘gamery’ look was during their PS5 targeted 980 Pro lineup. All in all, this does (not the RGB, but the heatsink) result in improved thermals.

Samsung’s newly designed controller dramatically improves the SSD’s power efficiency by up to 50% compared to the 980 PRO.



980 Pro SSD For the PS5 | Samsung via Videocardz

Release Date 

These SSDs will arrive in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB flavours priced at $179 (1TB) and $309 (2TB) respectively. The 1TB and 2TB variants are set to arrive in October whereas the 4TB version is planned for next year. What’s better? This MSRP is actually lower than the 980 Pro’s initial MSRP showing that NVMe is indeed getting cheaper and more accessible to the average consumer.

CategorySamsung SSD
990 PRO | 990 PRO with Heatsink
InterfacePCIe Gen 4.0 x4, NVMe 2.0
Form FactorM.2 (2280)
Storage MemorySamsung V-NAND 3-bit TLC
ControllerSamsung in-house controller
Sequential Read/Write SpeedUp to 7,450 MB/s, Up to 6,900 MB/s
Random Read/Write Speed (QD32)Up to 1,400K IOPS, Up to 1,550K IOPS
Management SoftwareSamsung Magician Software
Data EncryptionAES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption, TCG/Opal V2.0,
Encrypted Drive (IEEE1667)
Total Bytes Written600TB1200TB2400TB
Warranty6Five-year Limited Warranty7

Abdullah Faisal

With a love for computers since the age of give, Abdullah has always sought to delve into the depths of information, and uses it as his guiding light. He believes success is of utmost importance as history is written by the victor.
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