Samsung formally launches the 990 PRO flagship PCIe Gen4 SSD

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced the 990 PRO, the company’s high-performance NVMe SSD based on PCIe 4.0. Delivering blazing-fast speeds and superior power efficiency, the new SSD is optimized for graphically demanding games and other intensive tasks, including 3D rendering, 4K video editing, and data analysis.

“With continuous innovations in gaming, 4K and 8K technology, and AI-driven applications, consumer demand for high-performance storage is growing exponentially,” said KyuYoung Lee, Vice President of Memory Brand Product Biz Team at Samsung Electronics. “The 990 PRO offers an optimal balance of speed, energy efficiency and reliability, making it an ideal choice for avid gamers and creative professionals seeking uninterrupted work and play.”

Extreme performance for an immersive gameplay experience
Featuring Samsung’s latest V-NAND and a new proprietary controller, the 990 PRO series offers the fastest speed currently available through the PCIe 4.0 interface. The SSD delivers sequential read and write speeds of up to 7,450 megabytes per second (MB/s) and 6,900 MB/s, respectively, while random read and write speeds are up to 1,400K and 1,550K IOPS, respectively. With an improvement of up to 55% in random performance over the 980 PRO, the 990 PRO is particularly suitable for heavy gaming, creative and productivity tasks.

Powerful NVMe SSDs are also critical to taking full advantage of the latest game consoles and gaming technologies. Powered by NVMe, the 990 PRO brings faster load times to PCs and consoles for a more immersive gaming experience. When tested with Forspoken, the upcoming action role-playing game from Luminous Productions that supports the latest game loading technology, the card loading time was about one second, compared to four seconds for a SATA SSD and 28 seconds for a hard drive ( HDD).

Ultimate energy efficiency and reliable thermal control
Based on an energy-efficient architecture, Samsung’s newly designed controller dramatically improves the SSD’s power efficiency by up to 50% compared to the 980 PRO. In addition, the 990 PRO uses a nickel coating on the controller and a heat spreader label on the drive for reliable heat management. Samsung’s Dynamic Thermal Guard technology further ensures that the drive’s temperature remains within the optimal range.
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The 990 PRO with Heatsink version offers an extra layer of thermal control, while the RGB lighting gives the drive more style.

Samsung’s 990 PRO is also an excellent solution for laptop and desktop upgrades and for building your own PCs, offering a significant performance boost while using less power for longer battery life and thermal management.

The 990 PRO will be available worldwide in October with Manufacturer Recommended Retail Prices (MSRP) of $179 for the 1TB model and $309 for the 2TB model. A version with a capacity of 4 TB will be available from next year.

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