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Samsung 990 Pro: first impression of the new PCIe 5.0 SSD surfaced

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The launch of the new Samsung 990 Pro SSD could be imminent. First clues in South Korean databases point to a new model. It can be assumed that a PCIe 5.0 flagship could reach speeds of more than 13 GB/s. The resourceful Korean published on Twitter harukaze5719 a first excerpt from the database of the South Korean certification body National Radio Research Agency (RRA), which is fueling the rumors about the new Solid State Drive.

Above all, the listed model numbers suggest a Samsung 990 Pro. A timely presentation would also be conceivable if Samsung sticks to its release rhythm of one and a half to two years (eg 980 Pro, 970 Pro, 960 Pro).

The two new SSD models MZ-V9P2T0 and MZ-V9P1T0 not only indicate a new generation (V9), but also two storage variants, each with 2 TB (2T) and 1 TB (1T) respectively. For comparison: the predecessors Samsung 980 Pro and 970 Pro bear the designations MZ-V8P2T0BW (at 2 TB) and MZ-V7P1T0BW (at 1 TB), just like their colleagues from the report. However, further technical information about the possible Samsung 990 Pro SSD has not yet been published.

PCIe 5.0 experience in servers

It can be assumed that Samsung will adopt the new PCIe 5.0 interface and the classic M.2 2280 format and continue to increase the data speeds of the new SSD. The current flagship (980 Pro) is already pushing the boundaries of the PCIe 4.0 x4 interface with speeds of up to 7,000 MB/s. With PCIe 5.0 you would dare to take the leap to more than 13 GB/s, as the company is already doing in the server field with the Samsung PM1743 SSD.

Since at higher speeds an increase in power consumption and heat generation is to be expected, a presentation of the Samsung 990 Pro in combination with factory-installed heat sinks would be conceivable.

Only afterward was the Samsung 980 Pro equipped with so-called heatsinks. It is not yet known when exactly Samsung will present its new SSD flagship. The South Korean manufacturer could, among other things, use the current Flash Memory Summit 2022 as a platform to offer the right flash memory just in time for the market introduction of the new AMD Ryzen 7000 processors in the fall or winter.