Samsung launched its new cheap SSD model called SSD 980 NVMe. Samsung has some of the best SSDs on the market. The company offers all sorts of ranges and speeds, ranging from SATA to PCIe 4.0 to PCI 3.0. Today, they announced the launch of the new 980 NVMe SSDs, which come in 1TB, 500GB, and 250GB capacities.
New very cheap Samsung SSD 980 NVMe
Samsung’s 980 range consisted to date of PRO drives, with PCIe 4.0 interface and speeds of up to 7,000MB/s, reaching the limit of the standard. However, the drive launched today offers performance on par with the previous generation 970 Evo range, while reducing its price compared to them.
This 980 NVMe SSD has two peculiarities: It has no RAM, and it uses PCIe 3.0 interface. Most SSDs have DRAM memory that acts as a cache to store data temporarily and access it faster, reducing latency. Not having DRAM was a disadvantage to date, but Samsung has managed to do without it, and performance is not affected.
Host Memory Buffer (HMB): Dispensing with RAM does not affect performance
To this end, Samsung has created a new technology called Host Memory Buffer (HMB), which is linked directly to the computer’s RAM to use it as a cache. Combined with sixth-generation V-NAND memory and an optimized controller and firmware, this results in a speed of 3,500MB/s sequential reads and 3,000MB/s sequential writes, for 500,000 and 480,000 random reads and write IOPS.
Performance stability has also been improved, offering TurboWrite 2.0 technology for a larger buffer storage area within the drive. It also features an activatable option in Samsung Magician 6.3 software called “Full Power Mode,” which allows the driver to operate at maximum performance. On the temperature level, Dynamic Thermal Guard technology and a nickel-coated controller ensure proper heat dispersion. This is coupled with energy efficiency that is 56% higher than the previous 970 EVO.
Three versions in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB
You can reach the price information from this followed link for the 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB versions. This makes them cheaper than the 970 Evo Plus, which offered 3,500MB/s reads and 3,300MB/s write speeds. The durability of the new drives is 150, 300, and 600TBW, respectively, with a 5-year warranty. They are already on sale on Amazon at the following link at the advertised prices, although it won’t be too long before they are on sale. At the moment they are not yet in stock but will go on sale throughout March.
This unit proves that PCIe 3.0 drives still have a lot to say, as they offer spectacular performance at a contained price.