Samsung’s SSD 990 Pro is so fast it needs a heatsink, 7,450 MB/s write speeds

    Samsung’s SSD drives are well known for delivering great performance, particularly their NVME 900x series drives. Samsung has announced that their latest drive, the SSD 990 PRO with Heatsink is now available in Australia.

    Dubbed the ‘Champion Maker’, the new SSD 990 PRO features a Heatsink to enable increased read/write performance, delivering an improvement as much as 55% more than its predecessor. Increased speed with this type of use case is great for faster load times on games.

    With that level of performance, there are certainly cheaper drives on the market, but if you want performance, these prices are still competitive despite their flagship transfer rates.

    The 990 PRO with Heatsink is equipped with Samsung’s latest V-NAND technology and the new, custom-built controller that gamers will recognise from Samsung’s previous 980 PRO and 990 PRO series.

    This delivers a huge speed boost, the SSD 990 PRO with Heatsink delivers exceptional sequential read and write speeds of up to 7,450 MB/s and 6,900 MB/s respectively – near max performance of PCIe.4.0.

    Random read and write speeds reach up to 1,400K and 1,550K IOPS respectively – results that are 40% and 55% faster random read/write speeds than the 980 PRO. Built on a low-power architecture, the 990 PRO with Heatsink also dramatically improves the SSD’s power efficiency by up to 50% compared to the 980 PRO with Heatsink.

    Like the SSD 990 PRO launched in 2022, this NVMe SSD, now with Heatsink, is specifically designed for graphically demanding and performance-intensive applications like next-gen video games, 3D rendering, 4K video editing and data analytics.

    This drive can actually max out the bandwidth available of PCIe 4.0, impressive, but as PC builders will know, there is always a bottleneck somewhere, it just won’t be this drive.

    Smart Thermal Management

    The thin and sleek heatsink strapped to the back of this drive dissipates heat to prevent performance drops due to overheating. With stable heat control and minimal fan noise, the SSD 990 PRO with Heatsink is the perfect companion for immersive gaming with heavy graphics as well as creative and productivity tasks.

    Futuristic Aesthetics and Versatile Design

    The SSD features a new, futuristic design with RGB lights so that gamers can add style to their PC builds while enjoying high-end performance and speed. Samsung Magician software can adjust the lighting to match with other LED gaming components in users’ gaming setup or to express their individuality.

    At 8.2 mm thick, the 990 PRO with Heatsink meets the PCI-SIG D8 standard and is compatible to use across a variety of devices, including desktop PCs, laptops and notably, the PlayStation 5.

    The Samsung SSD 990 PRO with Heatsink is now available to purchase via select Australian resellers and Samsung’s Online Store in 1TB (RRP: $219.00) and 2TB (RRP: $399.00) capacities.

    Samsung NVMe SSD 990 PRO Series Specifications  

    Category Samsung SSD 990 PRO with Heatsink
    Model Number MZ-V9P2T0CW (2TB)MZ-V9P1T0CW (1TB)
    Interface PCIe Gen 4.0 x4, NVMe 2.0 
    Form Factor M.2 (2280) 
    Storage Memory Samsung V-NAND 3-bit TLC 
    Controller Samsung in-house controller 
    Capacity1TB 2TB 
    RRP $219.00 $399.00 
    Sequential Read/Write Speed Up to 7,450 MB/s, Up to 6,900 MB/s 
    Management Software Samsung Magician Software 
    Data Encryption AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption, TCG/Opal V2.0, Encrypted Drive (IEEE1667) 
    Total Bytes Written 600TB 1200TB 
    Warranty Five-year Limited Warranty

    Price and Availability

    Samsung’s SSD 990 PRO with Heatsink is now available in 1TB ($219 RRP) and 2TB ($399 RRP) capacities and can be purchased via select Australian resellers and the Samsung Online store.

    Jason Cartwright
    Jason Cartwright
    Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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