Samsung’s 980 NVMe SSD Combines Speed and Affordability to Set a New Standard in Consumer SSD Performance
Samsung’s first DRAM-less SSD enables more users to experience NVMe speeds at affordable price points
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a leader in advanced memory technology, today announced the 980 NVMe SSD, the company’s first consumer drive without DRAM. Delivering high performance among Samsung DRAM-less SSDs, the new 980 makes blazing NVMe speeds more accessible to a wider range of users.
“Through both hardware and software innovations, our new 980 SSD brings greater value without compromising the high-end NVMe performance,” said KyuYoung Lee, vice president of Memory Brand Product Biz team at Samsung Electronics. “The 980 offers an excellent blend of speed, power efficiency and reliability, making it suitable for everyday PC users and gamers as well as content creators.”
Previously, DRAM-less designs have presented a disadvantage in speed without the short-term memory at hand for fast access to data. Samsung’s 980 utilizes Host Memory Buffer (HMB) technology, which links the drive directly to the host processor’s DRAM to overcome any performance drawbacks. This technology, coupled with the company’s latest sixth-generation V-NAND as well as optimized controller and firmware, enables the 980 to provide NVMe performance with six times the speed of SATA SSDs. Sequential read and write speeds come in at up to 3,500 and 3,000 MB/s, while random read and write performances are rated as high as 500K IOPS and 480K IOPS, respectively.
The newly upgraded Intelligent TurboWrite 2.0 also offers significantly enhanced sustained performance over the previous model by allocating a much larger buffer storage area inside the drive.
For users working with extremely large files or running graphics-heavy games, the new ‘Full Power Mode’ added to Samsung’s Magician 6.3 software allows the drive to continuously run at peak performance for uninterrupted work and play.
In addition, its advanced thermal design will help prevent the drive from overheating. With Dynamic Thermal Guard technology, nickel-coated controller and heat spreader label solutions available in Samsung’s high-end 980 series, users can enjoy a stable performance even during prolonged use.
The SSD further features improved power efficiency of up to 56% when compared to the previous 970 EVO, allowing laptop users to better manage power usage.
The Samsung 980 SSD is available for a price of $64.99(our regular price) for the 250GB, $89.99 (our regular price) for the 500GB and $169.99 (our regular price) for the 1TB model. Please see here for more information.
|Category||Samsung 980 NVMe SSD|
|Interface||PCIe Gen.3.0 x4, NVMe 1.4|
|Form Factor||M.2 (2280)|
|Capacity||1TB, 500GB, 250GB|
|Sequential Read/Write Speed||Up to 3,500 / 3,000 MB/s|
|Random Read/Write Speed (QD32)||Up to 500K IOPS / 480K IOPS|
|Management Software||Samsung Magician|
|Data Encryption||AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption, TCG/Opal V2.0, Encrypted Drive (IEEE1667)|
|Total Bytes Written||600TBW (1TB)
|Warranty||Five-year Limited Warranty|