As revealed by a very reliable source such as the Twitter account Ice Universe, August would be the month chosen by Samsung to launch its top-of-the-range SSD for the consumer market, and this is none other than the Samsung 980 Pro, where the source indicates that we will see the ‘super real performance’ of a PCI-Express 4.0 SSD. This means that Sony will lose its huge advertising campaign linked to the speed of the SSD that integrates its PlayStation 5 and that on PC there is nothing like it.
Samsung is one of the few companies that memory that has not yet released a PCI-Express 4.0 SSD, and that despite the fact that the Samsung 980 Pro was announced at the beginning of the year during CES 2020, where the use of memory chips was revealed MLC NAND Flash offering capacities of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB. In terms of speeds, it will reach up to 6500 MB / s (vs 5500 MB / s for the PS5; up to 9000 MB / s compressed) in reading and up to 5000 MB / s in writing by means of the Phison E16 controller, Not that it’s the best PCIe, 4.0 controller, we’ve seen to date.
Of course, let’s be honest, and the question would be something like … What will be cheaper: the PlayStation 5 or the Samsung 980 Pro 512GB?. As a reference, the Samsung 970 Pro with 512 GB of capacity is around 180 euros, so we can already think that its price could easily exceed 250 euros. Obviously, the PS5 will cost more, but when it comes to having a new system with a limited budget, consoles gain appeal.
As an example, we have the ADATA XPG SAGE, also announced at the beginning of the year during CES 2020, where ADATA opted for an InnoGrit Rainier IG5236 controller that allows it to reach a speed of 7000/6100 MB / s with a 4K random performance of 1,000. 000 from IOPS. On the other hand, the ADATA XPG Indigo, with a Silicion Motion SM2264 controller that reaches 7000/6000 MB / s with 700,000 IOPS.
So if the 2nd round of PCIe 4.0 SSDs will arrive in the next few months, in the end, the PlayStation 5 will come to the market with a lower SSD in benefits than what PC users can acquire, but of course, it will be time to know the prices of these SSDs.