Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
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The Samsung 980 NVMe SSD may be cheaper than most SSDs. However, the company claims it still offers “blazing” speeds. With a base price tag of $50, the Samsung 980 NVMe SSD makes fast NVMe speeds more accessible to the general public.

“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 Business team at Samsung.“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.”

Samsung 980 NVMe SSD breakdown

  • Interface: PCIe Gen.3.0 x4, NVMe 1.4
  • Form factor: M.2 (2280)
  • Sequential read / write speed: up to 3,500 / 3,000 MB/s
  • Random read / write speed: up to 500K IOPS / 480K IOPS
  • TurboWrite 2.0
  • Capacities: 1TB, 500GB, 250GB
  • Price: $50 (250GB), $70 (500GB), and $130 (1TB)

Samsung claims the SSD delivers blazing speeds

Now, the 980 NVMe SSD isn’t as fast as SSDs with DRAMs. However, the SSD clocks in at impressive speeds when compared to other SSDs without DRAM. The drive delivers sequential read and write speeds of up to 3,500, 3,000 MB/s respectively. Additionally, it offers random read and write speeds of up to 500K IOPS and 480K IOPS. Additionally, the SSD comes fitted with a new Full Power mode. This mode allows the drive to continuously run at peak performance uninterrupted.

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Samsung implements Host Memory Buffer (HMB) technology to speed things up on the 980 NVMe SSD. It links the drive directly to the host processor’s DRAM, allowing it to operate through performance drawbacks. According to Samsung, the SSD performs with six times the speed of SATA SSDs.

Thermal design

The 980 NVMe SSD comes with a thermal design meant to keep the drive from overheating. Samsung included its Dynamic Thermal Guard technology, nickel-coated controller and heat spreader in the drive, which all contribute to keeping the drive from overheating.

Pricing and availability

The Samsung 980 SSD is available now. At base price, for 250GB, the SSD costs $50.