From today the fastest SSDare usually 2017 came into our lives PCIe 4.0Although it has adopted PCIe 5.0 technology, it is already widely used. Although not yet for consumers, SSD speeds will be taken to the next level with PCIe 6.0 and PCIe 7.0 coming into our lives in 2023.
The Samsung 990 PRO pushes the boundaries of PCIe 4.0
As SSD technology continues to evolve, Samsung has introduced its new flagship SSD model, the 990 PRO series, designed for a wide variety of applications such as gaming and 4K video editing. Expectations for the 990 were quite high because the next generation SSD was rumored to have PCIe 5.0 standards.
But it looks like we’ll have to wait a while to see a consumer-level PCIe 5.0 SSD from the Korean manufacturer. To everyone’s surprise, Samsung released the 990 PRO series with the old PCIe 4.0 interface, just like the 980.
If we explain PCIe in a simple way; So-called Peripheral Component Interconnect Express slots allow hardware added to the computer to make high-speed connections to the motherboard. PCIe 4.0, 7800 MB/s read and write speed, this speed can reach up to 14,000 MB/s in PCIe 5.0.
Of course, we can’t say that the PCIe 4.0 connection is slow, it’s just not as fast as PCIe 5.0. The 990 PRO series has an impressive speed within the limits of PCIe 4.0. Samsung claims the 990 delivers a 55 percent performance improvement over the 980 PRO.
According to the company, the 990 has a read speed of 7,540 MB/s and a write speed of up to 6,900 MB/s. Read speed shows how fast an SSD can access files on computers. In other words, faster read speeds mean faster application launch times. Write speed refers to how fast an SSD can write files. This can be quite convenient, especially for those who need to record or copy large 4K video files.
Samsung says that the company has increased the performance of PCIe 4.0 thanks to its V-NAND memory technology and the new dedicated controller in the 990. Samsung has also taken measures to prevent the SSD from overheating with increased performance. Designing the 990 to be 50 percent more energy efficient than the 980 PRO, the Korean manufacturer also uses the company’s Dynamic Thermal Protection technology and heat spreader label in the SSD model to ensure optimal temperature.
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