Tuesday, September 22nd 2020

Samsung Delivers Next-Level SSD Performance with 980 PRO

Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today unveiled the company's first consumer PCIe 4.0 NVMe solid state drive (SSD) - the Samsung SSD 980 PRO. The new 980 PRO is designed for professionals and consumers who want cutting-edge performance in their high-end PCs, workstations and game consoles.

"Over the years, Samsung has continuously challenged the limits of high-speed flash memory storage solutions," said Dr. Mike Mang, vice president of Memory Brand Product Biz at Samsung Electronics. "The new 980 PRO SSD reflects our continuing commitment to delivering exceptional products consumers have come to expect from Samsung."
Optimized for handling data-intensive applications, the 980 PRO is ideal for consumers and professionals who work with 4K and 8K contents, and play graphics-heavy games. All the key components, including the custom Elpis controller, V-NAND and DRAM, are completely designed in-house to deliver the full potential of PCIe 4.0. This allows the 980 PRO to provide sequential read and write speeds of up to 7,000 MB/s and 5,000 MB/s respectively, as well as random read and write speeds of up to 1,000K IOPS, making it up to two times faster than PCIe 3.0 SSDs and up to 12.7 times faster than SATA SSDs.

In addition to enhanced performance, the 980 PRO comes with outstanding thermal control solutions for improved reliability. While most of today's high-performance NVMe SSDs rely on external copper heatsinks to diffuse heat, Samsung's 980 PRO employs a nickel coating on the controller as well as a heat spreader label on the back side of the SSD for efficient thermal management. These innovative heat-dissipating functions also allow the drive to maintain its compact and slim M.2 form factor. Samsung's Dynamic Thermal Guard technology further ensures that the drive's temperature stays at the optimal level, minimizing performance fluctuations over the long haul.


The Samsung SSD 980 PRO comes in 1 TB, 500 GB and 250 GB models, and will be available worldwide starting this month, while the 2 TB capacity model will be available by the end of this year. The 980 PRO's manufacturer's suggested retail prices start at $89.99 for the 250 GB model.
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60 Comments on Samsung Delivers Next-Level SSD Performance with 980 PRO

#2
TheLostSwede
Dobermann
3 bit MLC? it's TLC xD
How so? MLC stands for Multi-level Cell, it can be six bits per cell in reality.
Yes, three bits per cell is normally called TLC, but MLC could be used for anything with more than one bit per cell.
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#3
Caring1
Dobermann
3 bit MLC? it's TLC xD
So what are you going to call 6 bit MLC? ;)
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#4
Cheeseball
Not a Potato
So I'll assume $350 for the 1 TB version again.
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#5
Animalpak
So i have to change my motherboard to be able to run this M.2 SSD right ?
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#6
Tomorrow
Cheeseball
So I'll assume $350 for the 1 TB version again.
$90 MSRP for 250GB.

That likely means:
500GB: $180
1TB: $360
2TB: $720

Honestly at these speeds and with TLC (if it turns out to be TLC afterall). Good luck with these prices Samsung. Tbh the Phison E18 controller based SSD's look a lot more appealing right about now. Likely much cheaper too. Essentially Samsung went from MLC to TLC while keeping the prices of MLC.

We will have to wait for reviews but right now it does not look good either from pricing or performance perspective.
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#7
Bubster
Samsung 980 M2 is definitely on my Xmas wish list...You Hear Santa :)
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#8
TheLostSwede
Animalpak
So i have to change my motherboard to be able to run this M.2 SSD right ?
Why? Does your motherboard have an M.2 slot? If not, then yes.
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#9
nemesis.ie
Animalpak
So i have to change my motherboard to be able to run this M.2 SSD right ?
Probably not and if you have one with no M.2 slot you can buy a card to pop in a slot, if you have one open.

Although if you want the full PCIe gen 4 speed, you need a board that supports it. ;)
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#10
Ashtr1x
TLC garbage at MLC prices, Samsung Tax is not worth anymore and good bye Samsung. Corsair, Sabrent, ADATA, xxx name SSD all of them with TLC have high TBW than this and even better price to performance ratio. This is sad that MLC is no more. In future more layers and more QLC trash.
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#11
Assimilator
Waiting for all the children to cry about how TLC is teh worst...
Ashtr1x
TLC garbage at MLC prices, Samsung Tax is not worth anymore and good bye Samsung. Corsair, Sabrent, ADATA, xxx name SSD all of them with TLC have high TBW than this and even better price to performance ratio. This is sad that MLC is no more. In future more layers and more QLC trash.
Ah, first one.
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#12
Animalpak
TheLostSwede
Why? Does your motherboard have an M.2 slot? If not, then yes.
It does but its PCI 3.0 not 4.0.
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#13
Xex360
Naïve question, aren't there SLC SSDs out there?
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#14
Tomorrow
Assimilator
Waiting for all the children to cry about how TLC is teh worst...
In this context it is. Charging MLC prices for TLC.
Xex360
Naïve question, aren't there SLC SSDs out there?
No mainstream ones. The last one was Intel's X25 i believe. There might be some made to order niche cases for military or aerospace but in the mainstream SLC is long gone.
If you want closest to SLC then these days you have to look at Intel's Optane. Insane durability, low latency and uniform speeds regardless of the chip size/amount.
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#15
Assimilator
Tomorrow
In this context it is. Charging MLC prices for TLC.
Samsung has always overcharged consumers and there has never been a valid reason for it. Wanting MLC over TLC because "TLC is evillllll" has never been a valid reason, sorry.
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#16
TheLostSwede
Xex360
Naïve question, aren't there SLC SSDs out there?
Very few these days, mainly for industrial use.
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#17
chodaboy19
The random r/w performance is average. The SK Hynix which is PCIe 3.0 seems like a better deal...
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#18
nemesis.ie
Animalpak
It does but its PCI 3.0 not 4.0.
It will work fine, it will just be slower.

I'd love a review showing the difference in IOPS on these between gen 3 and gen 4.
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#20
Object55
600 TBW / TLC / Max 1 TB = Yeah we don't think so.

I never thought I'll see the day when I will have to turn to Sabrent to get a decent drive.
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#22
lynx29
Sabrent will beat this is benches and in price, so I will wait for that. See you later Samsung :)
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#23
MxPhenom 216
ASIC Engineer
Animalpak
So i have to change my motherboard to be able to run this M.2 SSD right ?
No, you just won't get the full pcie 4.0 bandwidth they are advertising for the ssd. Itll work in pcie 3.0 boards.
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#24
Searing
The results are not impressive. You are better off buying SK Hynix's PCIe 3.0 drive. I am definitely not impressed with PCIe 4.0 drives. Being actually slower than PCIe 3.0 drives in a range of tasks is a no no. Double the price for nothing.
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MxPhenom 216
ASIC Engineer
Searing
The results are not impressive. You are better off buying SK Hynix's PCIe 3.0 drive. I am definitely not impressed with PCIe 4.0 drives. Being actually slower than PCIe 3.0 drives in a range of tasks is a no no. Double the price for nothing.
The current Sabrent 4.0 drives seem pretty damn good. Id get one of those before a Samsung. Those Phison controllers, and then the new one coming out are great.
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