Samsung have long offered some of the fastest PCIe 3.0 based SSDs on the market, and the company is now ready to start shifting its attention to the [consumer] PCIe 4.0 market. The folks at AnandTech were able to lay eyes on Samsung’s upcoming 980 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD, and it will take full advantage of the additional bandwidth offered by PCIe 4.0.
The flagship solid state drive hasn’t been officially announced in a press release yet was on display on the show floor alongside other consumer drives from the South Korean tech giant. AnandTech spied the PCIe 4.0 drive and noted that its specs sheet only listed sequential performance numbers: 6,500 MB/s reads and 5,000 MB/s writes. According to the report, the 980 Pro will be available in capacities of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB.
However, what everyone wants to know is how these new SSDs will perform. While previously announced PCIe 4.0 SSDs typically top out with 5GB/sec sequential reads and 4.5GB/sec sequential writes, the 980 Pro improves upon those figures at 6GB/sec and 5GB/sec respectively.
Samsung says to expect more information in Q2 of this year.