Not long ago, 1TB would have sufficed for all your digital and most video needs. However, with cameras now pushing the 60MP mark and producing files that can quickly fill a hard drive, we need something more. The Samsung 990 Pro is part of a new wave of SSD drives that far outstrip traditional storage media and make standard 2.5″ SSDs look decidedly slow.
500MB/s for a standard SSD is fast, but with M.2, you’ll see speeds in excess of 7,000MB/s. The Samsung 990 Pro is one such card, with transfer speeds of up to 7,450MB/s, which is more than enough for almost any video editing task you could think of. In fact, I don’t know of any video editing task that would currently need anything more.
A couple of points to note: the first is that this is a hardware component, so to make use of it, you’ll need a compatible enclosure or computer. The next point is that, as this is the latest PCIe 4.0 drive, you’ll also need a PCIe 4.0-compliant hardware device to make the most of all that speed. It is backward-compatible, however. Even if you can’t maximise the speed, at a little under £300 for 4TB of ultra-fast storage, it’s still an incredible deal.