Samsung SSD 980 shaves costs with PCIe 3.0 and no DRAM

Posted on Tuesday, Mar 09 2021 @ 16:44 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
We already wrote about it last week but now we have the official announcement from Samsung about the firm's new SSD 980. This non-PRO version of the 980 uses TLC-based flash memory. It sticks with the old PCI Express 3.0 interface and it also uses a DRAM-less SSD controller to save on costs. The new model promises read speeds of up to 3500MB/s, write speeds of up to 3000MB/s, up to 500k random read IOPS, and up to 480k random write IOPS.

Samsung's SSD 980 uses the M.2 2280 form factor and is offered in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacities. The official MSRP is 59.99EUR, 79.99EUR, and 149.99EUR, respectively. For an entry-level NVMe disk, the SSD 980 seems to perform very well. Despite the lack of DRAM, it really holds itself up quite well. Pricing does need to come down a bit to make it really competitive.
Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced the 980 NVMe SSD, the company’s first consumer drive without DRAM. Delivering the highest performance among 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 iteration4 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.

Additionally, consumers will no longer have to worry about their drive overheating, thanks to its advanced thermal designs. With Dynamic Thermal Guard technology, nickel-coated controller and heat spreader label solutions available in Samsung’s high-end 980 series, users can enjoy stable and reliable 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 manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $49.99 for the 250GB, $69.99 for the 500GB and $129.99 for the 1TB.
Samsung NVMe SSD 960

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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