Carving out marketshare and in a crowded market such as SSD storage plus getting brand recognition is no easy feat, but Solidigm, owned by SK Hynix and what used to be Intel’s storage arm, is doing just that. Today we’re looking at the company’s latest SSD – the P44 Pro.

You probably couldn’t get a more bland-sounding name for potentially an extremely fast SSD, but it’s aiming to topple the likes of Samsung’s 990 Pro and WD’s SN850X, both in terms of performance and value, which is no easy task as both SSDs are incredibly fast and the SN850X at least has been great value too.

Solidigm certainly seems to be nailing it in terms of price because at $189.99 for the 2TB model, that comnpares to the WD Black SN850X at $229.99 and Samsung 990 Pro at $289.99 – both are significantly more.

All are PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSDs and all three offer the same five year warranty that includes an endurance rating of 1,200TBW for the 2TB model. I’ll actually be looking at the 1TB model here, but while it has a lower rating of 750TBW, it has the same sequential read and write speeds at the 2TB model of up to 7,000MB/sec and 6,500MB/sec respectively, along with 1,400,000/1,300,000 IOPS on the read and write too.

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The P44 Pro uses the SK Hynix Aries controller along with the same TLC memory as the 990 Pro and SN850X. For the moment, the Samsung and WD SSDs are the only ones to have the option of including a heatsink, but the prices above are the heatsink-less models so are directly comparable.

You’ll certainly need a heatsink of some sort with the P44 Pro to prevent throttling during sustained loads lasting more than 20-30 seconds, however, it wasn’t nearly as quick to get toasty as either of the other SSDs, which saw their performance curtail within moments of hitting benchmarks.

Test system: NZXT N5 Z690 motherboard, Intel Core i9-12900K processor. Windows 11

Performance and conclusions

It seems Solidigm has also nailed the performance numbers, coming either first or a close second in every test, with particularly strong performance in 3DMark’s game performance tests in terms of speed and latency as well as in CrystalDiskMark’s Random 4K Q32T16 tests. I should also stress again that it was cooler-running than the Samsung 990 Pro too, while the WD Black SN850X was equipped with a heatsink.

Ultimately, what really matters here is price given that all the SSDs above perform similarly and you’d be hard pressed to see any noticeable difference between them or indeed some slightly slower SSDs such as Solidigm’s P41 Plus or WD Black SN770.

At $189.99 for 2TB and $109.99 for 1TB, it undercuts the Samsung 990 Pro and WD Black SN850X by signficant margins, while it offers the same warranty and endurance rating and is just as fast or faster in some tests too. The Solidigm P440 Pro is currently one of the best-value M.2 NVMe SSDs out there for PCs or consoles and it offers some serious performance too.

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