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Samsung Introduces Next-Level SSD Performance with 980 PRO for Gaming and High-end PC Applications

980 PRO SSD unlocks a new range of advanced applications for gamers and creative professionals

Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today unveiled the company’s first consumer PCIe 4.0 NVMe solid state drive (SSD) – the Samsung SSD 980 PRO[ The new 980 PRO is designed for professionals and consumers who want cutting-edge performance in their high-end PCs, workstations and game consoles.

“Samsung has continuously pushed the limits of high-speed flash memory storage solutions to enable exceptional experiences for our customers,” said Jacus Long, Director & Head, Display and Brand Memory Business, Samsung Electronics Singapore. “The new 980 PRO SSD offers impressive processing speed for graphics-heavy content along with data analytics and reliable thermal control housed in a compact form factor. This product also reflects our longstanding commitment in delivering high-performance products that customers have come to expect from us.”

Optimised for handling data-intensive applications, the 980 PRO is ideal for consumers and professionals who work with 4K and 8K content, and graphics-heavy gaming content. All the key components, including the custom Elpis controller, V-NAND and DRAM, are completely designed in-house to deliver the full potential of PCIe 4.0. This allows the 980 PRO to provide sequential read and write speeds of up to 7,000 MB/s and 5,000 MB/s respectively, as well as random read and write speeds of up to 1,000K IOPS, making it up to two times faster than PCIe 3.0 SSDs and up to 12.7 times faster than SATA SSDs.

In addition to enhanced performance, the 980 PRO comes with outstanding thermal control solutions for improved reliability. While most of today’s high-performance NVMe SSDs rely on external copper heatsinks to diffuse heat, Samsung’s 980 PRO employs a nickel coating on the controller as well as a heat spreader label on the back side of the SSD for efficient thermal management. These innovative heat-dissipating functions also allow the drive to maintain its compact and slim M.2 form factor. Samsung’s Dynamic Thermal Guard technology further ensures that the drive’s temperature stays at the optimal level, minimising performance fluctuations over the long haul.

Local Availability and Pricing

Starting 1 October 2020, the Samsung SSD 980 PRO will be available in 1TB, 500GB and 250GB models at a recommended retail price of $129, $219 and $359 respectively. The 2TB model will be available by the end of this year.

ModelCapacityRecommended Retail Price
Samsung SSD 980 Pro MZ-V8P250BW250GB$129
Samsung SSD 980 Pro MZ-V8P500BW500GB$219
Samsung SSD 980 Pro MZ-V8P1T0BW1TB$359

Consumers who wish to purchase the 980 PRO SSD should email Samsung here.

Key Specifications

CategorySamsung SSD 980 PRO
InterfacePCIe 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.3c
Form FactorM.2 (2280)
Storage MemorySamsung 1xx-layer V-NAND 3-bit MLC
ControllerSamsung Elpis Controller
512MB LPDDR4 (500GB, 250GB)
Capacity[5]1TB, 500GB, 250GB
Sequential Read/Write SpeedUp to 7,000 MB/s, Up to 5,000 MB/s
Random Read/Write Speed(QD32)Up to 1,000K IOPS, 1,000K IOPS
Management SoftwareSamsung Magician Software
Data EncryptionAES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption, TCG/Opal V2.0, Encrypted Drive (IEEE1667)
Total Bytes Written600TB (1TB)300TB (500GB)150TB (250GB)
Warranty[6]Five-year Limited Warranty or TBW[7]

By Harry