Samsung’s new flagship SSD for home use has been confirmed by the validation of the Samsung 990 Pro by the PCI-SIG consortium. It should again come in the M.2 form factor, while further information such as the exact length of the SSD, possible capacities and much more is not yet known. Read more about this below.
Samsung’s 980 Pro is one of the top picks for PCI-E 4.0 SSDs. However, having been late to the market, this time Samsung doesn’t want to repeat the mistake and place the successor in time so that it can be used by enthusiasts for the latest high-end platforms. So far, Samsung has already released the PM1743, which is intended for the enterprise sector. Now the Samsung 990 Pro has been listed with the PCI-SIG consortium and verified for PCI-E 5.0.
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Like its predecessor, it has an M.2 interface, but the rest of the form factor is not yet clear. Compared to PCI-E 4.0, PCI-E 5.0 offers twice the theoretical bandwidth and thus enables transfer speeds of up to 32 GT/s, which is ultimately sufficient for approx. 13,000 Mb/s and represents a significant improvement, which will be of particular interest in the future is particularly important for technologies such as direct storage. So far, Intel’s Alder Lake platform is already available, but suitable SSDs are not yet available.
With the launch of AMD’s Raphael on socket AM5 and above all with the new enterprise products such as the Epyc processors, which again support an extremely large number of PCI-E lanes and now also the latest generation, the PCI-E 5.0 SSDs are extremely important, especially for data centers, as previously impossible speeds can be achieved. The Samsung 990 Pro is not yet known in which expansion stages it will be available and at what prices it will be available. The predecessor 980 Pro with PCI-E 4.0 is available in our price comparison from prices from 120 euros for the terabyte version and onwards 220 euros for two terabytes.