Samsung 990 Pro: First hints about the new SSD flagship from South Korea

An entry in the database of the South Korean National Radio Research Agency arouses speculation about a new SSD flagship from Samsung. It should be a Samsung 990 Pro with PCIe 5.0. However, the evidence is still sparse and much remains obvious guesswork.

The Twitter user responded to the entry at the South Korean licensing authority @harukaze5719 pointed out, who is able to speak the local language. A machine translation of the entry, which was only created on August 2nd, only provides indications that Samsung has an SSD in both versions MZ-V9P1T0 and MZ-V9P2T0 has registered.

RRA entry translated into English
RRA entry translated into English

The unknown product identifiers indicate models of a new generation “V9” with 1 TB (“1T”) and 2 TB (“2T”) storage volume. For example, the ID of a 2 TB Samsung 980 Pro is analog MZ-V8P2T0BW; a Samsung 970 Pro with 1 TB is under the identifier MZ-V7P1T0BW guided.

Everything points to the Samsung 990 Pro

So the assumption that it is a Samsung 990 Pro that has not yet been publicly announced is extremely obvious. The fact that this should use the new PCIe 5.0 interface in M.2 format is also not an overly daring prognosis. The Samsung 980 Pro already almost exhausts PCIe 4.0 x4 with up to 7,000 MB/s. With PCIe 5.0 x4, twice the throughput would be possible.

In the enterprise segment, Samsung already has a PCIe 5.0 SSD in its range with the PM1743; therefore has the appropriate controller technology. The PM1743 delivers over 13 GB/s and 2.5 million IOPS. However, it is made in the E3.S form factor for modern servers, which is out of the question for a 990 Pro for the PC. The M.2-2280 format, which is also used by the 980 Pro (test) and the 970 Pro (test), is the most widespread here.

Due to the higher power consumption and heat development to be expected in parallel with the increase in performance, a heat sink ex works seems likely, which was only available later on the 980 Pro.

It remains to be seen whether Samsung will announce the 990 Pro as part of the Flash Memory Summit 2022 that has just started. The first PCIe 5.0 SSDs with Phison controllers are already in the starting blocks for September, which will accompany the market launch of AMD Ryzen 7000. If Samsung wants to jump directly on the bandwagon, hurry would be required.

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