Model: Samsung 990 EVO 2TB PCIe 5.0 x2 NVMe Solid State Drive
Manufacturer: Samsung Electronics
Provided By: Samsung America

Samsung Electronics has been a leader in the electronics industry for more than 30 years. Since the introduction of their first television in 1970, this Korean company has grown to become one of the world's leading electronics manufacturers, offering everything from tiny semiconductors to large home appliances. Samsung is no stranger to the storage industry either. Along with an assortment of DVD and Blu-ray Disc drives, the company offers both hard drive and flash based storage solutions for the portable and desktop computer markets.

Samsung recently launched its latest consumer NVMe SSD, the 990 EVO. Designed to enhance everyday computing experiences like gaming, working, and video/photo editing, this compact, M.2 form factor SSD is powered by Samsung's new "Piccolo" controller and is available with up to 2TB of their 6th-generation 133-layer V-NAND flash. The 990 EVO also offers support for both PCIe 4.0 x4 and PCIe 5.0 x2 interfaces and is 43% faster and 70% more efficient than the previous model, the 970 EVO Plus. Last, but not least, the drive offers a long list of features including Modern Standby, AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption and support for Samsung's Magician software.

 The 990 EVO is available in 1TB and 2TB capacities. For this review, Samsung sent us the 2TB version of the drive, which is capable of delivering up to 5,000 MB/s sequential read and 4,200 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 700K random read and 800K random write IOPS.

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the 990 EVO has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at Samsung's new NVMe SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the 990 EVO have what it takes? Can it deliver the performance and features that we've come to expect from Samsung? Keep reading as we find out.

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