Listed on PCIe 5.0 x4 Compliant SSDs by the PCI-SIG Consortium showed up Model Samsung 990 PRO M.2 format – it will replace the popular 980 PRO. This will be Samsung’s first consumer SSD with a PCIe 5.0 interface and will likely offer buyers up to twice the speeds of PCIe 4.0.
Already this year, the mass appearance of motherboards with PCIe 5.0 based on Intel and AMD chipsets is expected, which means that many compatible drives will appear in the second half of the year. Today’s fastest PCIe 4.0 drives offer sequential read speeds in excess of 7000MB/s – PCIe 5.0 doubles the bus bandwidth, which means compatible drives should be twice as fast.
Samsung already has an SSD PM1743 under PCIe 5.0, but is aimed at the server and workstation segment – thanks to the latest NAND chips from the Korean manufacturer and the associated controller, the drive really offers almost cosmic 13 GB/s today. Technical indicators of the Samsung 990 PRO are not yet available, but they are unlikely to be inferior to those of corporate peers. The form factor of the SSD is also unknown: it could be the traditional M.2 2280 (22×80mm) or the larger M.2 2580 and M.2. 25110 – Mainboards with a new design can set new standards.