The Samsung 990 Pro is the fastest SSD we’ve ever tested – and now the 2TB model has been discounted. This one launched at £284, but has now dropped to £240, a historic low price for this record-setting drive that pushes the limits of the PCIe 4.0 specification.
The Samsung 990 Pro is our current flagship’Fastest SSD‘ select, which offers the shortest load times of any drive we’ve tested. That doesn’t depend on its sequential read and write times, although they’re impressive at 7450MB/s and 6900MB/s respectively, its random read and write specs are outrageous pack – up to 1.4M IOPS for read and up to 1.55M IOPS for write.
(For context, one of the fastest SATA SSDs, Samsung’s 870 Evo, offers less than 0.1M IOPS, while their last popular PCIe 3.0 NVMe drive, the 970 Pro, manages to 0, The relatively recent 980 Pro, a PCIe 4.0, has gone up to the 1.0 million mark, but to hit over half a million IOPS on the same PCIe 4.0 connection is incredible!)
In the official RPS article, James described the Samsung 990 Pro as having “outstanding read speeds in both light and heavy load/copy tasks, as well as record-setting gaming performance.” full Review Samsung 990 Pro more detail, emphasizing the ridiculous speed of this drive.
The WD SN850x is its closest competitor, with the Samsung drive holding the crown in terms of performance but the SN850x is often offered at a cheaper price point. For context, the SN850x is £227 for the same size 2TB no heatsink, but I’d love to go for a Samsung drive if you’re going to spend more than £200 – £13 more to get the best?
However, I’m curious to know what you think – so let me know in the comments section below! And don’t worry; While it’s interesting to look at the top deals, we’ll still have more news on more affordable drives – stay tuned.