Published on January 31st, 2024 | by Adrian Gunning
Samsung Launches SSD 990 EVO: Elevating Performance for Everyday Gaming, Business and Creative Workflows
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leader in advanced memory technology, has announced the release of SSD 990 EVO — the newest addition to the company’s lineup of consumer SSDs — which delivers powerful performance with better power efficiency. Available from the 30 January 2024, it’s designed to enhance everyday computing experiences like gaming, work and video/photo editing, the NVMe SSD is expected to be an ideal solution for a diverse range of users.
“Samsung’s SSD 990 EVO marks a new era in storage excellence for Australian consumers. With innovative technology, the SSD 990 EVO, is a testament to our leadership in advanced memory technology, offering high-performance storage and optimised memory solutions, making it an ideal solution for a range of consumer needs,” said Phil Gaut, Senior Director of Display and Brand Memory at Samsung Australia.
The 990 EVO offers enhanced sequential read speed performance by up to 43% compared to the previous model, 970 EVO Plus. Sequential read speeds come up to 5,000 megabytes-per-second (MB/s) and write speeds up to 4,200 MB/s. Random read and write speeds also get a boost with up to 700K input/output operations per second (IOPS) and 800K IOPS, respectively.
By using Host Memory Buffer (HMB) technology to directly link to the host processor’s DRAM, the SSD can achieve optimised performance even with a DRAM-less design.
Improved Power Efficiency and Smart Thermal Solution
The Samsung 990 EVO improved power efficiency of up to 70% when compared to the 970 EVO Plus, allowing users extended usage on PCs without the constant concern for battery life. It also supports Modern Standby1, which enables an instant on/off function with uninterrupted internet connectivity and seamless notification reception, even in low-power states.
The 990 EVO’s heat spreader label effectively regulates the thermal condition of the NAND chip, allowing operations to consistently run at their highest levels without compromising drive integrity.
A Versatile SSD for Current and Future Computing
The 990 EVO is a versatile SSD created to meet current computing needs and possibly future requirements. Users can experience seamless multitasking with a single SSD that caters to the demands of everyday such as gaming, business and creative workflow.
Supporting both PCIe 4.0 x4 and PCIe 5.0 x2 interfaces, the 990 EVO fits the needs for today’s PCs supporting PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots while it also offers compatibility along with thermal control and power savings for PCIe 5.0 interfaces in upcoming applications.
The 990 EVO comes in 1 terabyte (TB) and 2TB capacity options.
Samsung Magician Software Support
Samsung Magician software presents a suite of optimisation tools for enhanced functionality for all Samsung SSDs, including the 990 EVO. Users can streamline the data migration process for SSD upgrades effortlessly and securely. In addition, Samsung Magician helps protect valuable data, monitors drive health and notifies timely firmware updates.
Pricing and Availability
The Samsung SSD 990 EVO is available now from the Samsung Online store and select retailers nationwide, with recommended retail pricing (RRP) of $179.00 for the 1TB model and $299.00 for the 2TB model.
Samsung SSD 990 EVO Specifications
|Samsung SSD 990 EVO
|PCIe Gen 4.0 x4 / 5.0 x2 NVMe 2.02
|Samsung V-NAND 3-TLC
|Samsung In-house Controller
|Sequential Read/Write Speed 4,5
|Up to 5,000 MB/s, Up to 4,200 MB/s
|Random Read/Write Speed (QD32) 4,5
|Up to 680K IOPS, 800K IOPS
|Up to 700K IOPS, 800K IOPS
|Samsung Magician Software
|AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption, TCG/Opal V2.0,
Encrypted Drive (IEEE1667)
|Total Bytes Written
|Five-year Limited Warranty 7
1 For detailed information about Modern Standby, please visit the Microsoft website (https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/device-experiences/part-selection#ssd-storage).
2 The NVM Express® design mark is a registered trademark of NVM Express, Inc.
3 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes by IDEMA. A certain portion of capacity may be used for system file and maintenance use, so the actual capacity may differ from what is indicated on the product label.
4 ,5 Sequential and random performance measurements are based on IOmeter1.1.0. Performance may vary based on an SSD’s firmware version, system hardware & configuration.
Test system configuration: AMD Ryzen9 7950x 16-Core Processor CPU@4.5GHz, DDR5 4800MHz 16GBx2 (PC5-38400), OS-Windows 11 Pro 64bit, Chipset – ASRock X670E Taichi
6 Samsung Electronics shall not be liable for any loss, including but not limited to loss of data or other information contained on Samsung Electronics’ products or loss of profit or revenue which may be incurred by the user. For more information on the warranty, please visit samsung.com/SSD or semiconductor.samsung.com/internal-ssd/
7 Five years or total bytes written (TBW), whichever comes first. For more information on the warranty, please refer to the enclosed warranty document in the package.