Thursday, December 3rd 2020

2 TB Samsung 980 Pro PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD Listed at Retailer

Samsung's latest 980 Pro SSD is not unlike the hypercar of solid state storage: ridiculously fast, ludicrously expensive. The company had announced that a 2 TB version would be available sometime near these holidays, and Scan.co.uk has just listed one such 2 TB part. If you want one of the best PCIe 4.0 SSDs money can buy, and one of the only ones based on TLC (Triple Layer Cell) technology, then you might be in luck.

The reseller is listing the 2 TB version of the 980 Pro for a cool £443 (including tax), which translates to about $590. That's more than double the pricing of some very interesting PCIe 4.0 solutions. Considering the 1 TB version ticks at read speeds up to 7,000 MB/s and write speeds at up to 5,000 MB/s with an endurance of 600 TBW, expect the 2 TB version to be even faster and more consistent. Maybe improve your storage subsystem while we are faced with the current gaming hardware shortages? Consider, however, that delivery is estimated for early January 2021.
Sources: Tom's Hardware, Scan.co.uk
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26 Comments on 2 TB Samsung 980 Pro PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD Listed at Retailer

#1
chris.london
FYI the 2TB 980 Pro has been listed on Scan as a pre-order since September. I believe originally it cost £443 with a December delivery. Delivery slipped to early January a few weeks ago. I considered pre-ordering it but first I want to see what the yet-to-release Phison drives can do.
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#2
kapone32
This drive will probably be listed at $800 Canadian. I would rather build a RAID 0 array with 2 Firecuda 1TB 520s for less money and more performance.
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#3
Raevenlord
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chris.london
FYI the 2TB 980 Pro has been listed on Scan as a pre-order since September. I believe originally it cost £443 with a December delivery. Delivery slipped to early January a few weeks ago. I considered pre-ordering it but first I want to see what the yet-to-release Phison drives can do.
Thank you. Aded that information to the story.
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#4
Tomorrow
Upcoming Phison E18 based SSD's will likely be faster (7000/7000). That being said Samsung has robust firmware and consistency.
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#5
kapone32
Tomorrow
Upcoming Phison E18 based SSD's will likely be faster (7000/7000). That being said Samsung has robust firmware and consistency.
I thought that they had already been released?
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Makaveli
kapone32
I thought that they had already been released?
No we won't see the drive probably until Jan they are still working on the firmwares.

The stuff that has been released so far are test drives and prototypes.

And not only will the E18 drives be faster they will have better endurance.
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#7
kapone32
Makaveli
No we won't see the drive probably until Jan they are still working on the firmwares.

The stuff that has been released so far are test drives and prototypes.

And not only will the E18 drives be faster they have better endurance.
What controller does the SN850 from WD use? It already has those rated speeds.
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#8
Makaveli
kapone32
What controller does the SN850 from WD use? It already has those rated speeds.
In house controller.

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#9
bonehead123
Until I can plug it in to my mobo, it's Vapo(r)nWare iMHO, but gotta love those advertised speeds, hahaha :)
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#10
Tomorrow
kapone32
I thought that they had already been released?
Yep still not available to buy.
kapone32
What controller does the SN850 from WD use? It already has those rated speeds.
Like said above - in house controller and no it has at best 980 Pro speeds. E18 will be faster.

Basicly Phison has the advantage of being the only one who has a high end 2nd gen PCIe 4.0 controller. Everyone else is using their 1st gen controller. Some of these just released. Shows how much ahead Phison is at the moment.
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#13
Arpeegee
Overpriced and not in line with the rest of the competition. Samsung isn't the top dog anymore and the recently released SK Hynix Gold P31 PCIe 3.0 m.2 drive blows their old stuff out of the water. I imagine once Hynix enters the consumer PCIe 4.0 m.2 market it'll be the same story but at reasonable prices as well.

Also keep in mind PCIe 5.0 is around the corner for next fall so investing this much now is kinda foolish unless you want the top of the top at present time for present systems.
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#14
Tomorrow
PCIe 5.0 is still ways off. Not before 2022 and after that we will need actual SSD's. If the current situation is anything to go by those first iterations won't be able to sature the 5.0 link right away. That means waiting for gen2 5.0 drives that would problably come in 2023 earliest.

Not to mention that 5.0 travels even shorter distance meaning we will need even stronger (or more) redrivers on motherboards that will drive up board costs.
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#15
Makaveli
Tomorrow
PCIe 5.0 is still ways off. Not before 2022 and after that we will need actual SSD's. If the current situation is anything to go by those first iterations won't be able to sature the 5.0 link right away. That means waiting for gen2 5.0 drives that would problably come in 2023 earliest.

Not to mention that 5.0 travels even shorter distance meaning we will need even stronger (or more) redrivers on motherboards that will drive up board costs.
This.

Just because PCIe 5.0 is going to be released next year doesn't mean you will see it in Consumer products right away.

PCie 4.0 was released on June 8, 2017 , however we didn't see drives and products using it for many years.

The group that will see immediate benefit are Servers and that is where you will see products first. PCIe 5.0 will require more expensive motherboards etc.
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AnarchoPrimitiv
kapone32
This drive will probably be listed at $800 Canadian. I would rather build a RAID 0 array with 2 Firecuda 1TB 520s for less money and more performance.
RAID always suffers in low queue random r/w's, which in the end, really determine how fast the user experience feels

When is someone going to review Sabrent's new Rocket 4 plus PCIe 4.0 drive which allegedly has 7100MBs reads and 6600 MB/s writes?
Makaveli
In house controller.


Sabrent has the Rocket 4 Plus which is faster and available in 4TB

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#17
Minus Infinity
LOL slower than the 970 Pro in a number of benchmarks, the move to TLC means this is really a 980 EVO at a stupendously high price. Samesung are total joke now. There are ton of much better options now, they are no longer the dominant force any more and still think they rule the roost, just as delusional as Intel. Can we assume the actual 980 EVO's will now be ovepriced QLC garbage.
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#18
Ravenmaster
I would rather have 980 EVO with 4TB capacity
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#19
ThrashZone
Minus Infinity
LOL slower than the 970 Pro in a number of benchmarks, the move to TLC means this is really a 980 EVO at a stupendously high price. Samesung are total joke now. There are ton of much better options now, they are no longer the dominant force any more and still think they rule the roost, just as delusional as Intel. Can we assume the actual 980 EVO's will now be ovepriced QLC garbage.
Hi,
Not sure sammy has even made a new driver yet for the 980 lol
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#22
ThrashZone
Prima.Vera
Overpriced as hell....
Pass.
Hi,
Have you seen the prices of Optane :-)
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#23
Makaveli
ThrashZone
Hi,
Have you seen the prices of Optane :)
Don't really consider those optane drives in the same catergory as these consumer drives.

Optane should be expensive.
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ThrashZone
Makaveli
Don't really consider those optane drives in the same catergory as these consumer drives.

Optane should be expensive.
Hi,
Pci-e 4 is getting really close and frankly read 2600mb/ write 2200mb for optane on 905p for example is not all that impressive considering it's price tag for just 380gb is 500.us
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#25
Makaveli
ThrashZone
Hi,
Pci-e 4 is getting really close and frankly read 2600mb/ write 2200mb for optane on 905p for example is not all that impressive considering it's price tag for just 380gb is 500.us
You are only looking at sequential transfer rates. For people buying optane drives they are usually looking for more than those transfer rates or they would stick to flash based products.

There are more factors but I will list three that most buyers of optane drivers are looking for.
  1. Latency
  2. Endurance
  3. heavy writes
If I'm going to run a SQL database from a drive I would choose an Optane drive over a flash based one all day every day.
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