January 08, 2024 – Samsung Unveils Groundbreaking 990 EVO SSD with Dual PCIe Support
In a move that is shaking up the storage industry, Samsung has officially announced the release of its newest Solid State Drive (SSD) – the 990 EVO. This innovative product marks a significant milestone as the first SSD to simultaneously support both PCIe 4.0 x4 and PCIe 5.0 x2 interfaces.
Designed for the mid-range market, the 990 EVO comes in a compact 2280 M.2 form factor and weighs approximately 9 grams. It boasts impressive maximum sequential read and write speeds of 5000MB/s and 4200MB/s, respectively, along with random read and write speeds of up to 700K IOPS and 800K IOPS.
Under the hood, the 990 EVO utilizes Samsung’s proprietary V-NAND TLC technology and is equipped with an in-house developed controller chip. It offers a Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF) of an astonishing 1.5 million hours and is compatible with Samsung’s Magician solid-state drive management software.
What sets the 990 EVO apart from other SSDs is its unique ability to function as a PCIe 5.0 device while only utilizing two lanes. Typically, an SSD with a PCIe 5.0 x2 interface would experience a significant reduction in speed if inserted into a PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot due to the limited number of lanes. However, the 990 EVO breaks this mold by seamlessly switching to PCIe 4.0 x4 mode, maintaining optimal performance without any speed degradation.
Currently, Samsung has not disclosed the specific launch date or pricing details for the 990 EVO SSD. Nevertheless, industry experts anticipate its arrival in the market in the near future, potentially revolutionizing the way we think about solid-state storage.