7 Jan 2021

In 2019, we reviewed the Gigabyte AORUS NVME Gen 4 2 TB SSD (based on Phison chipset) on AMD X570 chipset motherboard. We have seen that with the performance of PCIe Gen 4 SSD when it is paired up with a motherboard that supports PCIe 4.0 and PCIe 3.0.

Samsung launched it’s 980 Pro series which puts up a strong fight against M.2 (based on the Phison chipset). Powered by a new Elpsis controller designed to harmonize the flash memory components and the interface for superior speed – with a PCIe 4.0 interface that’s 2x faster than PCIe 3.0 SSDs and 12x faster than Samsung SATA SSDs. Samsung claims that it can get read speeds up to 6,400 MB/s with 980 PRO with it’s Samsung V-NAND 3-bit MLC storage memory and a 1 GB DDR4 SDRAM cache.

The package is simple as it is – a light weight 9 grams M.2 (2280) model MZ-V8P500, 500 GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2. It has a Dimension (WxHxD)
of 80.15 x 22.15 x 2.38 (mm). It does not come with a heatsink.

Unlock the full potential of 980 PRO with Samsung Magician’s advanced, yet intuitive optimization tools. Monitor drive health, optimize performance, protect valuable data, and receive important updates with Magician to ensure you’re always getting the best performance out of your SSD.

Samsung Magician Software

In the next page, we take a look at the benchmarks with CrystaldiskMark and SiSoft Sandra.

By Harry