Samsung SSD is new according to data obtained from South Korean conformity assessment database (Opens in a new tab). If the model numbers follow the pattern of previous Samsung SSDs, it is possible that these models are not yet announced for the Samsung 990 Pro PCIe 5.0 drives. I am so excited to see these in action.
The database entry was monitored by hahahahahaha (Opens in a new tab) (via Tom’s Hardware (Opens in a new tab)). The two models in question are the MZ-V9P1T0 and the MZ-V9P2T0. The number 9 in these model numbers is a giveaway, with the 980 Pro bearing the model number MZ-V8P1T0 with a few slight differences depending on the specific SKU. 1T and 2T suggest there will be one and two TB versions, but not 4 TB, although that may follow later.
The Samsung 980 Pro was launched nearly two years ago, in September 2020. That was more than a year after the first consumer PCIe 4.0 drives were released alongside AMD’s X570 platform. It looks like Samsung doesn’t want to be late to the party this time around. The fact that these lists appear in this database indicates that the drives will be released soon. A launch coinciding with AMD’s PCIe 5.0 release supporting the AM5 platform is certainly possible.
The 990 Pro isn’t Samsung’s first PCIe 5.0 SSD. The PM1743 data center router is already available, although with its EDSFF form factor and 15.36TB capacity, it’s not a drive I can afford, even if I have a server board to plug it into. If nothing else, it proves that the Samsung PCIe 5.0 architecture is ready for prime-time use.
If this is just a hint that the drives are there, of course we have no idea what their specs or pricing will be. We can expect them to include a new, newer, and bigger 3D NAND controller from Samsung.
Samsung 990 PRO SSD (1TB/2TB) will be M.2 NVMe and PCIe 5.0. 2280? 2580? idk.memo: 980 PRO is MZ-V8P1T00 https://t.co/PQBYA8rENZ pic.twitter.com/T1v03JkPSAAugust 2, 2022
Performance is also unknown, but given that the PM1743 is capable of read speeds of 14 GB/s and 2500 thousand IOPS, it is not a leap to say that the 990 Pro will destroy the best PCIe 4.0 M.2 drives by a wide margin.
Samsung will definitely want to sell the drives to early adopters who buy a PCIe 5.0 supporting Zen 4 (Opens in a new tab) and 13th generation systems, although there remains a question mark over the prevalence of PCIe 5.0 M.2 support on Intel 700 series motherboards. (Opens in a new tab).