The Samsung 990 Professional is the quickest SSD we have ever examined – and now the 2TB mannequin is discounted. This debuted at £284, however now has dropped to £240, a historic low worth for this record-setting drive that pushes to the boundaries of the PCIe 4.0 spec.
The Samsung 990 Professional is our present high ‘quickest SSD’ decide, providing the shortest loading occasions of any drive we have examined. That is down to not its sequential learn and write occasions, although these are spectacular at 7450MB/s and 6900MB/s respectively, however its random learn and write specs that are simply ludicrous – as much as 1.4M IOPS for reads and as much as 1.55M IOPS for writes.
(For context, one of many quickest SATA SSDs, Samsung’s 870 Evo, provides up lower than 0.1M IOPS, whereas their final standard PCIe 3.0 NVMe drive, the 970 Professional managed as much as 0.5M IOPS. The comparatively current 980 Professional, a PCIe 4.0 drive, went as much as the 1.0M mark, however to get greater than half one million IOPS extra over the identical PCIe 4.0 connection is unimaginable!)
Within the official RPS write-up, James described the Samsung 990 Professional as having “distinctive learn speeds in each gentle and heavy loading/copying duties, and record-setting gaming efficiency.” The complete Samsung 990 Professional assessment provides extra element, underscoring the ludicrous velocity of this drive.
The WD SN850x is its closest rival, with the Samsung drive holding the efficiency crown however the SN850x usually being supplied at a less expensive worth. For context, the SN850x is £227 for a similar 2TB dimension and not using a heatsink, however I would be tempted to go for the Samsung drive if you are going to spend £200+ anyway – what’s one other £13 to get the perfect?
I am curious to listen to what you suppose although – so do let me know within the feedback under! And don’t be concerned; although it is enjoyable to take a look at offers on the leading edge, we’ll nonetheless have loads of protection of extra reasonably priced drives too – keep tuned.