Samsung’s next-generation 990 PRO SSDs featuring the PCIe Gen 5.0 M.2 protocol have once again been confirmed, this time by PCI-SIG.
Samsung’s Next-Gen 990 PRO PCIe Gen 5.0 M.2 SSDs Confirmed, Microsoft DirectStorage API Compliant & Pushing Storage Speeds To The Next Level
The Samsung 990 PRO Gen 5 M.2 SSDs were also spotted within the Korean RRA certification list earlier this month. We came to see two SSD configurations, a 1 TB and a 2 TB model which will be using Samsung’s own proprietary solution to power its next-gen SSD solutions.
While PCI-SIG only provides us the naming and confirmation that these are indeed PCIe Gen 5.0 M.2 certified SSDs, the earlier listing revealed two models, the “MZ-V9P1T0” and the “MZ-V9P2T0”. For reference, the existing Samsung 980 Pro PCIe Gen 4.0 SSDs are labeled as “MZ-V8P1T00”. One can come to the conclusion that these are Samsung’s next-generation 990 Pro 1 TB & 2 TB PCIe Gen 5 SSD models.
It should be pointed out that Samsung has already launched its first PCIe Gen 5.0 SSDs for servers in the form of the PM1743 which offers speeds of up to 13 GB/s (random read) and 2,500K (IOPS). The drives come in up to 15.36 TB capacities but one shouldn’t expect such ludicrous capacities for the consumer platforms. We know that the next-generation PCIe Gen 5.0 SSDs are going to offer speeds of up to 14 GB/s and up to 8 TB capacities so this is also what we should expect from the Samsung storage solutions. We cannot confirm the full details yet but Samsung’s 980 Pro Gen 4 SSDs were one of the best solutions for the PCIe 4.0 platform until just recently as competitors started pushing out their top-of-the-line designs.
It remains to be seen if the vendor develops some brand new cooling solutions or thermal coating for the NAND & DRAM chips since the upcoming drivers are expected to run hot. Samsung already made a custom 980 PRO SSD with a heavy-duty industrial heatsink for the PS5 so something similar may be coming to the next-gen 990 PRO SSDs too. These SSDs will be ultra-fast consumer devices & will utilize Microsoft’s DirectStorage API to deliver the best performance.
Samsung could announce its next-gen 990 Pro 1 TB & 2 TB PCIe Gen 5.0 SSD solutions by end of the year or at CES 2022 as Gen 5 platforms from Intel and AMD will be readily available by then.