Samsung 990 Pro will be Samsung’s first PCIe 5.0-compatible SSD with speeds of over 10GB/s

In preparation for AMD’s big launch next month, Samsung has released a first teaser for the new Samsung 990 Pro series of SSDs, which are PCIe 5.0 interface compatible and capable of delivering speeds of over 10GB/s for data read operations.

Available in 1TB and 2TB capacity versions, the new M.2 interface SSDs will pair perfectly with AMD’s new X670E and X670 chipset-based motherboards and new Zen 4 (Ryzen 7000) processors, respectively. The Samsung 990 Pro is also suitable for PCs equipped with “Alder Lake” (Intel Core 12th gen) and “Raptor Lake” (Intel Core 13th gen) processors. Both AMD and Intel processor families come with native support for PCIe 5.0 SSDs, an interface that supports (theoretical) speeds of up to 32GB/s using PCI Express x4 M.2 slots.

According to rumors not necessarily directly related to the Samsung 990 Pro, the enterprise customer version of Samsung SSDs equipped with the newest PM1743 controller developed specifically for the PCIe 5.0 connection standard, transfer speeds reach 13GB/s for data write operations and at least 6.6GB/s for write operations.

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It is likely that the consumer series, 990 Pro, will also approach those speeds, the main difference being the more affordable price achieved by using NAND chips with not so high endurance.

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