Samsung Announces Release of 990 EVO SSD

Samsung Electronics America has unveiled the 990 EVO SSD, a solid-state drive that offers improved performance, enhanced interface compatibility, and better energy efficiency. The NVMe SSD is designed to enhance everyday computing experiences such as gaming, working, and video/photo editing, making it suitable for a wide range of users.

"The 990 EVO provides a hybrid storage solution that brings flexibility and future-proofing to your setup," said Jose Hernandez, Senior Director of Memory Product Marketing at Samsung. "These drives offer a balance of performance, power efficiency, and reliability, making them a versatile choice for the latest interface and ideal for various everyday tasks, including gaming, working, editing, and more."

A Versatile SSD for Current and Future Computing

The 990 EVO is a versatile SSD that meets current computing needs while anticipating future requirements. It is designed to be compatible with both PCIe 5.0 and PCIe 4.0 interfaces, ensuring optimal performance across a wide range of systems.

The 990 EVO supports both PCIe 4.0 x4 and PCIe 5.0 x2 interfaces, making it suitable for today's systems with PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots and future applications with PCIe 5.0 interfaces.

Enhanced Performance for Faster Access

The 990 EVO offers improved performance of up to 43% compared to its predecessor, the 970 EVO Plus SSD. This means faster data access and reduced loading times, allowing users to save time and focus on other tasks. The drive offers sequential read speeds of up to 5,000 megabytes-per-second (MB/s) and write speeds of up to 4,200 MB/s. It also boasts improved random read and write speeds of up to 700K input/output operations per second (IOPS) and 800K IOPS, respectively.

By utilizing Host Memory Buffer (HMB) technology to directly link to the host processor's DRAM, the SSD achieves optimized performance even without a DRAM-less design. Users upgrading from a previous mainstream SSD can experience faster loading speeds for games and quicker access to large files.

Improved Power Efficiency and Smart Thermal Control

The Samsung 990 EVO offers improved power efficiency of up to 70% compared to its predecessor, allowing for extended use of PCs or laptops without worrying about battery life. This means users can work at a coffee shop or from the comfort of their couch for longer periods without needing to be near an outlet.

The drive also supports Modern Standby, a computer benchmark that ensures quick resumption from sleep mode. Even in low power mode, users can instantly wake up their device with uninterrupted internet connectivity and seamless notification reception.

The 990 EVO's heat spreader label effectively regulates the drive's thermal condition, ensuring consistent high-level performance without compromising drive integrity.

Samsung Magician Software Support

The Samsung Magician software provides a suite of optimization tools for Samsung SSDs, including streamlined data migration for SSD upgrades, data protection, drive health monitoring, and timely firmware updates.

The 990 EVO is available at a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $124.99 for the 1 TB model and $209.99 for the 2 TB model.