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Puget dumps Samsung's 990 Pro solid-state drives

by on06 February 2023

Reliability questionable

Puget Systems has stopped offering Samsung's 990 Pro solid-state drives in new builds following numerous reports of health degradation issues.

Apparently, the custom PC builder noticed high failure rates on the Samsung 980 Pro 2TB model and worked with Samsung to help track down the culprit. We reported last week that Samsung had issued a firmware update to fix the problem.

However, now it turns out that Samsung's newer 990 Pro, has started exhibiting issues of its own. Reddit users have seen alarmingly low health numbers on their 990 Pros. In one instance, SSD utilities showed a user's drive was already down to 93 percent health despite having only written about 7TB. Another user reported their drive being 36 percent worn out after writing less than 2TB of data.

Puget said Samsung is currently investigating 990 Pro reports but in the meantime, the system builder has decided to switch to an alternative product offering while the matter unfolds.

The winner has been Sabrent. Samsung's 990 Pro solid-state drives has been using 4TB and 8TB Sabrent drives for a while now and hasn't had any issues with them. Their smallest option, a 500GB model, will remain the Samsung 980 Pro considering that size is not available in the 990 Pro line and not involved.

Puget's William George said they don't normally announce changes to their product line like this but felt it was necessary in this situation considering they have been so outspoken about Samsung SSD reliability in the past.


Last modified on 06 February 2023
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