Samsung could be ready to announce an exciting new SSD.
As spotted by @KOMACHI_ENSAKA, PCI-SIG has updated its Integrators List (a list that “includes all products that have successfully completed the rigorous testing procedures of the Compliance Workshop”) with the 990 PRO, a new SSD from Samsung. The spec revision column can confirm that this is a “PCIe 5.0 at 32 GT/s” drive with x4 bandwidth, and while there’s no indication of what exact M.2 size it might be, its predecessor would suggest the 2280 form factor.
|Company||Product Name||Identifier||Spec Revision||Max Lane Width Tested||Function||Date Added|
|SAMSUNG Electronics||1743 U.3||PCIe SSD||PCIe 5.0 at 32GT/s||x4||SSD Endpoint Card||Aug 05, 2022|
|SAMSUNG Electronics||1743 E3.S||PCIe SSD||PCIe 5.0 at 32GT/s||x4||SSD Endpoint Card||Aug 05, 2022|
|SAMSUNG Electronics||990PRO M.2||PCIe SSD||PCIe 5.0 at 32GT/s||x4||SSD Endpoint Card||Aug 05, 2022|
|SAMSUNG Electronics||1743 U.2||PCIe SSD||PCIe 5.0 at 32GT/s||x4||SSD Endpoint Card||Apr 26, 2022|
The speeds for Samsung’s 990 PRO are also somewhat of a mystery, but if it’s anything like the company’s PCIe Gen 5 PM1743 enterprise SSDs, 3,000 MB/s random speeds and IOPS of up to 2,500 may not be outside the realm of possibility, as VideoCardz pointed out in its coverage, alongside the expected compatibility.
The Gen5.0 storage can be utilized by some Intel Alder Lake systems and will soon available for all X670 and B650 AMD AM5 motherboard series. While PCIe 5.0 conformity for AMD 600-seires chipset is optional for the GPUs, all mid-range and high-end motherboard series should support the Gen5 storage with at least one M.2 slot.
Samsung’s top NVMe SSD for consumers at the moment is the 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD. It’s available in capacities ranging from 250 GB to 2 TB, the latter of which features sequential read speeds of 7,000 MB/s and sequential write speeds of 5,100 MB/s.
The 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD is also available in 2 TB and 1 TB SKUs that come with a heatsink, which, as Samsung advertises, is PlayStation 5 compatible.