Samsung has unveiled its new flagship line of solid state drives (SSDs), the 990 PRO series, which is said to be built for a wide range of applications such as gaming and 4K video editing.

There is quite a bit of hype for the 990 because there were hints that this new SSD will run on the PCIe 5.0 interface. Unfortunately, people will have to wait a little longer for a consumer-grade PCIe 5.0 SSD from Samsung Series 990 PRO (opens in a new tab) still runs on the old PCIe 4.0 interface like the 980. To offer a simplified explanation (opens in a new tab), PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) is an expansion bus used to transfer data from a solid state drive to video cards or video capture cards. PCIe 4.0 can transfer data at an average speed of 16 GB/s (gigatransfers per second), while the 5.0 interface does so at 32 GB/s.

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