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Samsung 990 Pro flagship SSD passes South Korean RRA certification to feature PCIe 5.0

Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf is a law graduate and freelance journalist with a keen interest in tech reporting.

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As we just discovered, it seems Samsung’s next-generation 990 PRO flagship client-segment SSD has passed the South Korean RRA certification and is expected to feature a PCIe 5.0. A leaker, who uncovered the information pointed out that the model of Samsung’s current 980 PRO SSD is MZ-V8P1T00, so it is inferred as the MZ-V9P2T0 and the same as the 990 Pro.

However, as per the report, AMD and Intel’s new generation of motherboards and CPUs are expected to enable PCIe 5.0 SSD, thus each flagship model will be formally introduced later this year. Meanwhile, ADATA previously affirmed that their XPG Gen5 solid-state drive utilizes the next-generation PCIe Gen5 x4 connection, is compliant with the NVMe 2.0 standard, and has a continuous read and write speed of 14GB/s and 12GB/s, respectively. Therefore, it is anticipated that Samsung’s upcoming top model, the 990 Pro, would perform similarly.

In a similar report, Techpowerup revealed today that the South Korean tech giant is getting ready to submit a regulatory file for its 990 PRO premium client-segment SSD. The PCI-Express Gen 5 bus will be used by the M.2 NVMe SSD. The drive may use some of the first generations of Gen 5 controllers from third parties or it may be an all-Samsung solution (internal controller + NAND flash + DRAM cache), though the former seems more likely.

According to the report, at least two capacities—1 TB and 2 TB—are currently known. Meanwhile, the firm plans to compete with premium Gen 5 M.2 SSDs that are driven by cutting-edge Silicon Motion and Phison controllers and 3D NAND flash memory chips with more than 144 layers. The drive replaces the company’s existing top Gen 4 SSD, the 980 PRO.

Back in late last year, when the SSD was officially released the tech giant noted that the PCIe 5.0 offers a bandwidth of 32 Giga transfers per second (GT/s), doubling that of PCIe 4.0. The PM1743 will give exceptional read and write speeds thanks to a proprietary controller that was created to support the most recent PCIe standard. This will allow it to meet the data centers’ continually rising performance needs.

In addition, Samsung’s PCIe 5.0 SSD delivers increased power efficiency of up to 608 MB/s per watt, which is nearly a 30% improvement over the previous generation. This drastically minimizes operating expenses for servers and data centers while also lowering their carbon footprint. Stay connected with TechGenyz as we bring you the latest updates in the Tech world.


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