The SK Hynix bombing just a month ago has shaken the foundations of the NAND…
This week we have seen how more information was leaked in reference to the new and latest SSD of the Koreans from Samsung. But in a totally unexpected turn of events, the information has reversed and serious doubts are coming from various sources. Will he be 990 PRO an SSD that dispenses with the interface PCIe 5.0?
It’s funny how the information comes and goes, since the PCISIG showed what we all expected, the new Samsung SSD that promises to reEsports Extrasabove the rest, with a new controller direct from the business world and of course with PCIe 5.0. Everything normal up to here, maybe even above expectations, because we are talking about 13,000MB/s sustained, at least in sequential read. Well, stay tuned for the turn of events.
From Samsung’s Ultimate SSD to the 990 PRO PCIe 5.0 to… Can it not be that fast?
—Samsung Semiconductor (@SamsungDSGlobal) August 18, 2022
The video that we have just above refers to this new SSD, called by the company itself and in full marketing campaEsports Extrasas “The Ultimate SSD” either “The ChampionMaker”. Logically they do not mention the name, although they show the unit partially and as we saw in the previous article related to it, the SSD should include the controller PM1743 coming straight from the high performance business sector.
Leaked PCI-SIG images showed PCIe 5.0 32GT/s, which meant that everything was simply going from strength to strength. But suddenly the change comes. The regulatory and verification body, the PCI-SIG, turns around and now lists said SSD as PCIe 4.0 16 GT/s.
This means that the performance hit is going to be more than considerable, since it would get the same bandwidth as its current brother 980 PRO, which would give us a maximum and theoretical speed of 7.5GB/sslightly more than half of what was announced at the beginning of the week.
Error, move to hide or reality?
Well, here there are data, opinions and rumors of all kinds, take salt, enough, and let’s get down to business. Both leakers and websites are wondering what is going on. How is it possible that we go from a teaser with such bombastic names to such a fast interface change? Well, the first thing is that all the models presented at the same time as this 990 PRO continue to hold on PCIe 5.0. Secondly, there is no official explanation from PCI-SIG, that is, we do not know if they made a mistake and the SSD came with PCIe 4.0 starting, or if Samsung has requested the change for reasons that we do not know.
What we do know is that its new NAND Flash will be ready before the end of the year with 236 layers and that this solid-state drive should include them if it wants to compete in capacity as well. The hypothesis of the performance of the memory cells and the firmware of the controller are also on the table.
The staggering figure of 13 GB/s has not been seen as such, only Phison with its new controller has come close to that record and the SSD was an engineering sample for demonstration.
Therefore, and at the moment, there is no answer, there is speculation and conjecture. Perhaps Samsung is going to release the replacement for the 980 PRO current in PCIe 4.0 and is preparing the 990 PROHence the confusion, who knows. Looking at the dates, it may have been the other way around, because August 3 was cited as PCIe 4.0, while August 5 was changed to PCIe 5.0, but… The change was later, the dates were corrected, so We are at the starting point and it would only be necessary to know if Samsung has requested the change. What seems clear from the video above is that they are up to something and that we will soon know what it is.