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

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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 indications are still sparse and a lot remains obvious guesswork.

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

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. The identification of a Samsung 980 Pro with 2 TB is, for example, MZ-V8P2T0BW; a Samsung 970 Pro with 1 TB is listed under the identifier MZ-V7P1T0BW.

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.

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

Whether Samsung already in the context of the flash memory that has just been launched Summit 2022 will announce the 990 Pro remains to be seen. 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 on the bandwagon, hurry up.