Samsung 980 Pro 1 TB SSD Review - MLC No More 23

Samsung 980 Pro 1 TB SSD Review - MLC No More

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As one of the world leaders in digital technology, Samsung pretty much makes any type of electronic device you can think of. Their products are used by millions of people around the world.

Being a leader in DRAM and flash memory production, it comes as no surprise that they are also a huge player in the SSD business. Their EVO and PRO Series SSDs are highly popular among upgraders, system builders, and enthusiasts.

Today, we're reviewing the Samsung 980 Pro SSD, which is a high-end M.2 NVMe drive that introduces support for the PCI-Express 4.0 interface. Internally, the Samsung 980 Pro uses Samsung's new eight-channel "Elpis" controller. Everything on the 980 Pro is produced by Samsung—the flash chips are their V-NAND v6, which uses between 110 and 136 layers of TLC. A DRAM chip is also included—it provides 1 GB of storage for the mapping tables of the SSD.

Samsung offers the 980 Pro in capacities of 250 GB ($90), 500 GB ($135), 1 TB ($230), and 2 TB ($460). Endurance for these models is set to 150 TBW, 300 TBW, 600 TBW, and 1200 TBW respectively. Samsung provides a five-year warranty for the 980 Pro.

Specifications: Samsung 980 Pro 1 TB SSD
Capacity:1000 GB (931 GB usable)
24 GB additional overprovisioning
Controller:Samsung Elpis
Flash:Samsung 110 to 136-layer 3D TLC V-NAND v6
DRAM:1x 1 GB Samsung LPDDR4
Endurance:600 TBW
Form Factor:M.2 2280
Interface:PCIe Gen 4 x4, NVMe 1.3c
Device ID:Samsung SSD 980 PRO 1TB
Warranty:5 years
Price at Time
of Review:
$215 / 22 cents per GB
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