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Samsung launched the 990 Pro SSD, and it's nice so far

Samsung launched the 990 Pro SSD, and it’s nice so far

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(Pocket-lint) – Samsung has unveiled the latest member of its Pro series of NVMe SSDs, the 990 PRO.

The new PCIe 4.0 drive is ultra-fast, delivering read speeds of up to 7450MB/s and write speeds of up to 6900MB/s.

It also offers a 55 percent increase in random performance compared to the 980 Pro with up to 1,550,000 IOPS.

Of course, with these specs, the drive is a gaming beast, and Samsung ran some tests to prove it.

The new drive was tested with Forspoken and had a card load time of just one second, compared to four seconds for a SATA SSD and 28 seconds for a traditional hard drive.

Energy efficiency has also been significantly improved, by 50 percent over the previous flagship, the 980 Pro.

“With continued innovation in games, 4K and 8K technology, and AI-powered applications, consumer demand for high-performance storage is growing exponentially,” said KyuYoung Lee, Vice President of Storage Brand Product Team at Samsung Electronics.

“The 990 Pro offers the perfect balance of speed, power efficiency, and reliability, making it the ideal choice for enthusiastic gamers and creative professionals who want to work and play uninterrupted.”

As with previous versions, the 990 Pro uses a heat dissipation sticker to help manage heat, but if you need better cooling, a version with a dedicated heatsink is available. Perfect for PS5 users.

The 990 Pro will be available worldwide from October at $179 / £154.99 for the 1TB model and $309 / £283.99 for the 2TB model. A 4TB version will be released at a later time.

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