As a result of the constantly growing demand for more storage space and faster sequential speeds, hardware companies are pushing the envelope while trying to bring the latest SSD technology to the masses as soon as they can. Samsung, for instance, has just announced its brand new prosumer NVMe SSD.
Unlike its predecessors, the Samsung 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD delivers sequential write speeds of up to 5,000MB/s and read speeds of up to whopping 7,000MB/s. As a reference, this is double the speed of the previous generation Samsung 970 PRO NVMe SSD and 12x faster than Samsung conventional SATA SSDs.
The unit sports the same well known M.2 2280 form factor but comes with a PCIe 4.0 x4 / NVMe 1.3 interface and Intelligent TurboWrite 2.0 technology which maximizes the overall write performance of the drive with enlarged TurboWrite regions.
Samsung Dynamic Thermal Guard technology along with the nickel-coated controller and heat spreader label, on the other hand, help the drive effectively dissipate the heat and maintain temperature with optimal levels.
Furthermore, the power efficiency (performance/watt) of the 980 PRO is improved by up to 65% when compared to the 970 EVO Plus. It’s also worth mentioning that the newcomer is backward compatible with PCIe 3.0 and comes in capacities of up to 1TB.
With the Samsung 980 PRO, users will also have access to encryption via TCG/Opal 2.0 and MS eDrive, while a TBW (Total Bytes Written) rating of 600TB helps ensure a long operational life.
Samsung 980 PRO Highlights
- Up to 1TB Storage Capacity
- M.2 2280 Form Factor
- PCIe 4.0 x4 / NVMe 1.3 Interface
- Sequential Reads up to 7000 MB/s
- Improved power efficiency
- Nickel-coated controller and heat spreader label
- Intelligent TurboWrite 2.0 technology
- Price: up to $229.99
The all-new Samsung 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD is currently available in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB models selling for $89.99, $149.99, and $229.99 respectively.
B&H Pre-Order Links:
- Samsung 250GB 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 Internal SSD
- Samsung 500GB 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 Internal SSD
- Samsung 1TB 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 Internal SSD
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