Samsung accidentally extra an unreleased and unannounced SSD — the 990 Evo — to the Samsung Magician’s need webpage (spotted by ComputerBase). The apparent slip-up would seem to verify that the organization is in truth making a mainstream variation of the 990 Pro, which would be the initially Evo push considering the fact that the 970 Evo Additionally.
This is not the first we’ve listened to of the 990 Evo: a calendar year ago the 990 Evo SSD identify built an overall look in the PCI SIG database, with 4 listings (two that includes PCIe Gen 5 help and two with Gen 4 guidance). The detailed specs should really be taken with a grain of salt, but the listings them selves feel to propose Samsung has been contemplating about a 990 Evo SSD for at minimum a calendar year.
It really is been a although given that the final NVMe Evo generate released, so it really is tough to predict specifically how Samsung ideas to nerf the alleged 990 Evo to stop it from competing with the current 990 Pro — which now arrives in a 4TB design. In the past, Samsung differentiated its Evo series drives by making use of lower-potential, nonetheless greater-undertaking, NAND flash chips in its Professional SSDs. A excellent instance of this can be observed with the 970 Pro, which sports activities MLC NAND flash, producing it 1 of the swiftest Gen 3 drives ever designed. The 970 Evo, on the other hand, options TLC NAND flash — which gives lessen overall performance but is more affordable to make.
But this approach won’t function for the 990 Evo, since the 980 Professional and 990 Pro now use TLC NAND flash (albeit, substantially quicker TLC NAND flash). Samsung could technically make a 990 Evo with slower QLC NAND (like the 870 QVO) and compensate with a seriously superior DRAM and SLC/MLC caching resolution, but this appears to be unlikely given the truth that the entry-amount Samsung 980 (non-Evo) capabilities TLC NAND flash.
Samsung could go down a person of two routes, depending on how high-priced their latest 176-layer V-NAND flash is to make. A person route consists of incorporating Samsung’s older 128-layer flash into the 990 Evo to lessen general performance, although introducing NAND flash to raise performance. This would basically switch it into a DRAM-cached variant of the Samsung 980. Alternatively, Samsung could equip its most up-to-date 176-layer V-Layer V-NAND TLC onto the 990 Evo — just like the 990 Professional — but nerf the drive’s caching abilities.
Both way, it seems like we’ll be looking at a Samsung 990 Evo in some variety in the near long term. SSD selling prices are anticipated to go up soon, and we would not be shocked if the 990 Evo launches all around that time — so Samsung can continue being aggressive in the reduced echelons of the SSD marketplace.