Samsung introduced “The Ultimate SSD” based on PCIe 4.0. This product is Samsung 990 Pro NVMe storage. Samsung claims the SSD aims for gaming performance, intensive 3D / 4K rendering, and data analysis.
The company promises to give an ultimate performance due to the latest V-NAND improvement that will produce sequential read and write speeds of up to 7,450MB/s and 6,900MB/s. This SSD has a 55% improvement in random read/write performance compared to the 980 Pro SSD. The new controller has produced a built-on low-power architecture so that it can make up to 50% energy efficiency compared to the 980 Pro.
Square Enix tested this new SSD to benchmark the latest game-loading technology. The result is the 990 Pro SSD achieved a map loading time of roughly one second. Comparatively, SATA SSDs take four seconds to load the same data, and classical HDDs have to work for about 28 seconds to achieve similar results.
The 990 Pro SSD has a nickel coating, a heat spreader label, and Samsung’s Dynamic Thermal Guard technology.
The new 990 Pro will come with a heatsink to maximize cooling when the SSD is used in tight spaces, such as video game consoles.
The 990 Pro SSD offers some capacity options, including 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB. The 1TB and 2TB versions have heatsinks available in October for $179 and $309. Meanwhile, the 4TB version in 2023 for an unspecified price.