Samsung announced the addition of a 4TB option to its 990 Pro Series NVMe SSDs that will be launching sometime next month. The new model should add to the high-end selection of larger capacity NVMe out there, although it will be at a cost, at first.
The 990 Pro Series features PCIe 4.0 SSD models with read speeds of up to 7,450 MB/s and write speeds of up to 6,900 MB/s. They are available in two versions, with or without a heatsink (depending on if your motherboard already has heatsink solutions included or not).
They aren’t PCIe 5.0, but they are still plenty fast enough for the average consumer (and then some). They are also more widely supported than PCIe 5.0 since you’d need a relatively new motherboard to support the benefits of 5.0 at this time, where PCIe 4.0 has been around for a number of years now. This would also be a great option for PS5 consoles.
NVMe has become a lot more affordable thanks to the recent price drops that NVMe products have experienced this year. In fact, you can score the 2TB model right now on Amazon for just $125 (at the time of writing this). So prices have come a long way to help NVMe become more of an affordable standard.
However, it does look like the price of the new 4TB model will be outside of this trend. It’s MSRP will be $345 without the heatsink and $355 with the heatsink, when they start shipping this October. Putting it up there in cost when compared to the 1TB and 2TB options. So, hopefully, those prices won’t last for long since the holiday season is coming up fast and Black Friday should change things up a bit.