Samsung unveils high-performance 990 PRO SSD optimised for gaming and creative applications

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South Korean multinational electronics corporation Samsung Electronics announced the 990 PRO, Samsung’s high-performance nonvolatile memory express (NVMe) SSD based on PCIe 4.0.

In a statement, Samsung Electronics said 990 PRO is optimised for graphically demanding games and other extensive tasks such as 3D rendering, 4K video editing, and data analysis, with lightning-fast speeds and superior power efficiency.

“With continuing innovations in gaming, 4K and 8K technology, as well as AI-driven applications, consumers’ need for high-performance storage is growing exponentially. The 990 PRO provides an optimal balance of speed, power efficiency and reliability, making it an ideal choice for avid gamers and creative professionals seeking uninterrupted work and play,” Samsung Electronics’s Memory Brand Product Biz Team Vice President KyuYoung Lee stated.

Featuring Samsung’s latest V-NAND and a new proprietary controller, Samsung said the 990 PRO series offers the highest speed available from the PCIe 4.0 interface. The company stated that the SSD provides subsequent read and write speeds of up to 7,450 Megabytes per second (MB/s) and 6,900 MB/s, while random read and write speeds come in at up to 1,400K and 1,550 IOPS.

The 990 PRO also brings faster loading times to PCs and consoles for a more immersive gaming experience, the company added.

According to Samsung, their newly developed controller, built on a low-power architect, significantly boosts the SSD’s power efficiency by up to 50 per cent compared to the 980 PRO. The company added that the 990 PRO also uses a nickel coating on the controller and a heat spreader label on the drive for thermal management. Samsung’s Dynamic Thermal Guard technology further ensures that the drive’s temperature stays in the optimal range.

Meanwhile, the 990 PRO with Heatsink version provides an additional layer of thermal control while its RGB lights add more style to the drive.

Samsung said the 990 PRO is an outstanding solution for laptop and desktop upgrades and build-your-own PCs as it provides a significant performance boost while using less power for increased battery life and thermal management. 

The 990 PRO will be available starting October 2022, while a version with a 4TB capacity will become available next year.


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