Samsung's brand-new 2TB 990 Evo hybrid PCIe Gen 5 / 4 M.2 SSD is already discounted – but you might want to buy a different Samsung drive instead

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Samsung's brand-new 2TB 990 Evo hybrid launched at $210 just over a week ago and has already received a significant discount. You can pick up the currently unique 2TB Samsung 990 Evo M.2 SSD at Amazon for $159. What makes the drive unique is that it is the world's first hybrid PCIe 4.0 x4 and 5.0 x2 SSD, able to run PCIe 5.0 in 2 lanes, or the more common PCIe 4.0 in 4 lanes. But don't expect top-notch speeds. The speed of the drive remains the same whichever way you go, with performance up to 5,000/4,200 MB/s for sequential read/write throughput. 

So unless you really find the hybrid interface appealing, the Samsung 990 Pro is probably the better buy. The 2TB Samsung 990 Pro is available for exactly the same $159 price at Newegg . While it lacks the PCIe 5.0 lanes, this PCIe 4.0 SSD boasts rea speeds of 7,450 and write speeds of 6,900 MB/s. 

Samsung 990 Evo 2TB Hybrid PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD: now $159 at Amazon

Samsung 990 Evo 2TB Hybrid PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD: now $159 at Amazon (was $209)
Samsung's latest SSD and the world's first hybrid PCIe 4.0 x4 and 5.0 x2 SSD.  This drive can run in either the x4 PCIe 4.0 or x2 PCIe 5.0 modes, a first for an M.2 SSD, with performance up to 5,000/4,200 MB/s for sequential read/write and 700K/800K random read/write IOPS.

Samsung 990 Pro (2TB) SSD: now $159 at Neweggwith code

Samsung 990 Pro (2TB) SSD: now $159 at Newegg with code (was $189)
The fastest PCIe 4.0 SSD you can get, the Samsung 990 Pro offers sequential read and write speeds of 7,450 and 6,900 MB/s, respectively, along with 1.4 and 1.55 million IOPS. See our Samsung 990 Pro Review for more details.

Use code BYCDN2872 for a $10 discount at checkout.

So what's the appeal of the newer 990 Evo? Its hybrid PCIe design features an efficient 5nm controller, and Samsung’s refined 2nd-gen 133-Layer V6P TLC NAND flash, with a single-sided design. This makes the 990 Evo a better option for devices where space is a premium, such as laptops or the PlayStation 5 console. It should use less power and generate less heat than the 990 Pro.

Stewart Bendle
Deals Writer

Stewart Bendle is a deals writer at Tom's Hardware. A firm believer in “Bang for the buck” Stewart likes to research the best prices for hardware and build PCs that have a great price for performance ratio.

  • magbarn
    Still having a hard time swallowing the "new normal" of SSD pricing thanks to the memory cartels. This is a $99 drive before all the shenanigans kicked in.
    Reply
  • Notton
    Yeah... I'm not paying more than $50 per 1TB for a budget SSD.
    Reply
  • Amdlova
    qlc ? how about 1tb for 33$ ?
    Reply
  • CelicaGT
    I guess it's good storage is such a competitive market. I don't just need to buy a different Samsung drive, I can avoid them altogether! Nothing like being an informed consumer who doesn't buy on marketing hype.
    Reply