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Samsung has debuted its latest lineup of NVMe solid-state drives (SSD), the 990 PRO Series. Samsung wants to deliver an optimized experience for PC and console gaming, 4K video editing, and other heavy data usage tasks. The Senior Director of Memory Product Marketing at Samsung, Jose Hernandez, says, “the 990 PRO provides speed, power efficiency, and reliability for gaming sessions and creative outlets alike.”

Samsung 990 Pro and 990 Pro with Heatsink SSDs
Samsung

This new SSD is based on PCI-e 4.0, meaning that current motherboards can work alongside older motherboards. The 990 PRO delivers sequential read and write speeds of up to 7,450 MB/s and 6,900 MB/s. In addition, this SSD boasts up to 55% improvement over the 980 PRO; the 990 PRO provides random read and write speeds of up to 1,400k and 1550k input/output operations per second (IOPS).

In terms of gaming, Samsung claims that the 990 PRO loaded a level of the upcoming PS5 game Forspoken in approximately one second, four times faster than a SATA SSD, and 28 seconds faster than a hard disk drive (HDD).

When it comes to power efficiency, the latest SSDs have a nickel coating for the controller, as well as a heat spreader for thermal management. Furthermore, with Samsung’s Dynamic Thermal Guard, the temperatures of the drive are said to stay in the optimal range.

Samsung 990 PRO SSD with heatsink

We suggested the 980 Pro with Heatsink for the PS5 as additional storage and hope the 990 PRO with Heatsink will be more efficient and faster than its predecessor. The 990 PRO and 990 PRO with Heatsink will be available starting this October with the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) of $179 for the 1TB model and $309 for the 2TB. A 4TB capacity version will become available in 2023. 

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