Samsung’s 980 Pro SSD is believed to be familiar to many players. This is one of the most powerful PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSDs on the market. The 980 Pro SSD has been on the market for a long time, and as AMD is about to release the AM5 platform, the SSD will soon enter the PCIe 5.0 era.
Recently, it was reported that Samsung is preparing a new generation of 990 Pro SSD with PCIe 5.0 x4 interface to prepare next-generation storage solutions for consumers. Recently, the 990 Pro SSD has been confirmed by PCI-SIG and appears on the certified list.
Previously, the South Korean RRA certification list has confirmed that the Samsung 990 Pro SSD will provide two capacities of 1TB and 2TB, and the models are “MZ-V9P1T0” and “MZ-V9P2T0” respectively. However, none of the information concerning the 990 Pro SSD confirms the size specification of the M.2, whether it is 2280 or 22110.
At present, Samsung has launched its first PCIe 5.0 SSD, the enterprise PM1743. According to Samsung, mass production has begun in the first quarter of this year. This SSD is based on Samsung’s self-developed controller and the sixth-generation TLC V-NAND flash memory technology. It was equipped with PCIe 5.0 x4 (single port) or dual x2 (dual port) interface, it provides 2.5-inch and 3-inch EDSFF (E3.S) two forms, the capacity starts from 1.92 TB, up to 15.36 TB, sequential read 13 GB/s speed, 6.6 GB/s sequential write speed, 2500K IOPS random read, 250K IOPS random write. The performance is 1.7 to 1.9 times that of the previous generation PCIe 4.0 SSD.
PCIe 5.0 SSDs can be used on all AMD X670 and B650 series motherboards and these products will have at least one PCIe 5.0-compliant M.2 slot. Some Intel motherboards that support Alder Lake and Raptor Lake can also be used, but they need to be split across the 16 PCIe 5.0 lanes used by the graphics card.