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Samsung's new 980 Pro SSD supports PCIe 4.0 and serves up to 7,000MB/s

By Kenny Yeo - on 23 Sep 2020, 11:50am

Samsung's new 980 Pro SSD supports PCIe 4.0 and serves up to 7,000MB/s

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Samsung has a new flagship consumer SSD. This is the new 980 Pro, which was first previewed at CES 2020 earlier this year.

Notably, the 980 Pro is also Samsung's first consumer SSD to support PCIe 4.0. This means prodigious transfer speeds.

As befits a new flagship, the 980 Pro comes with a brand new controller called Elpis. Also a first for Samsung's Pro line of consumer SSDs is the switch from 2-bit MLC NAND to 3-bit TLC NAND.

To ensure good write performance, the 980 Pro will employ caching technologies where a certain section of the drive will operate in SLC mode.

As you can see in the table below, write performance is attractive when operating in SLC mode. But once the cache is expended, it can dip quite substantially. Still, the cache should be large enough for most users.

Together with support for PCIe 4.0 x4, the 980 Pro can deliver transfer speeds of up to a whopping 7,000MB/s per second.

Samsung 980 Specs
Capacity 250GB 500GB 1TB
Controller Samsung Elpis
Interface PCIe 4.0 x4
Memory Samsung 128-layer 3D TLC
Max SLC cache size 49GB 94GB 114GB
Sequential Read 6,400MB/s 6,900MB/s 7,000MB/s
Sequential Write (SLC) 2,700MB/s 5,000MB/s 5000MB/s
Sequential Write (TLC) 500MB/s 1,000MB/s 2,000MB/s
Max random read (4k) 500k 800k 1,000k
Max random write (4k) 600k 1,000k 1,000k
Endurance 150TB 300TB 600TB

The 980 Pro will be available in three capacities: 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB. For users with more capacious requirements, a 2TB model will be coming later this year. The drives will come in the M.2 2280 form factor and will have 5-year warranties.

The 980 Pro will be available locally from 1 October 2020 and prices are as follows:

Samsung 980 Pro prices
Capacity Price Price per GB
250GB S$129 S$0.516
500GB S$219 S$0.438
1TB S$359 S$0.359
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