Samsung has recently announced the next generation of its popular NVMe M.2 SSD 980 Pro SSD, which is now available to buy, and the technology is quite impressive. PCIe 4.0 achieves speeds of 7,000 MB/s or one million IOPS, which means that performance has been doubled compared to its predecessor.
The Samsung 980 Pro SSD was already seen at the CES in January on the exhibition grounds, now the company has confirmed the specifications of the new Internal SSD, even if the information on the price and the release date as well.
Accordingly, the 980 Pro is available with capacities between 250 GB and 1 TB, it comes in the M.2 2280 form factor and with a five-year guarantee. The PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD achieves a sequential read speed of up to 7,000 MB/s, a write speed of up to 5,000 MB/s, a QD32 performance of one million IOPS, and a QD1 performance of 22,000 or 60,000 IOPS (write/read).
Compared to the 970 Pro (from $169.99 on Bhphotovideo), the performance has been doubled, but there is a catch: The SSD relies on TLC-NAND memory, the maximum speed is only achieved through the built-in SLC cache, whichever 13 GB, 22 GB, and 42 GB in total, depending on the capacity. Without a cache, the sequential write performance drops to 500 MB/s, 1,100 MB/s, and 2,000 MB/s. The lifetime has also been halved compared to its predecessor: Samsung specifies the Total Bytes Written (TBW), after which the guarantee expires, with a maximum of 600 TB for the 1 TB model.
The package is rounded off by a maximum of 1 GB LPDDR4 RAM cache. However, there is no heat sink. Whether the nickel-coated controller chip and the cooling foil are sufficient to dissipate the heat that is generated under load with a power consumption of 8.9 watts remains to be seen.
Samsung 980 Pro SSD price and availability
The Samsung 980 Pro SSD pricing starts from $89.99 for the 250GB version, $149.99 for the 500GB model, and $229.99 for the highest 1TB version and is now available to buy at the Bhphotovideo.com and Amazon.com websites.
Samsung recently also removes the veils from the new 870 QVO SSD, the company’s first Internal SSD drive for consumer users with capacities up to 8TB.