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

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

SINGAPORE – 23 September 2020 – Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology[1], has unveiled the company’s first consumer PCIe 4.0 NVMe solid state drive (SSD) – the Samsung SSD 980 PRO[2]. 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[3], making it up to two times faster than PCIe 3.0 SSDs and up to 12.7 times faster than SATA SSDs[4].

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.

For more information, please visit samsung.com/sg/ssd/ or samsungssd.com.    

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
DRAM1GB LPDDR4 (1TB)
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]

[1] 2003 – 2019 Q2 HIS Markit data: NAND suppliers’ revenue market share.

2 The NVM Express® design mark is a registered trademark of NVM Express, Inc.

3 Performance may vary depending on the SSD’s firmware version and the system hardware & system configuration. Performance measurements are based on IOmeter 1.1.0. The write performances were measured with Intelligent TurboWrite technology being activated. The sequential write performances after Intelligent TurboWrite region are: up to 500 MB/s(250GB), 1,000MB/s(500GB) and 2,000 MB/s(1TB). Test system configuration: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12-Core Processor CPU@3.79GHz, DDR4 2666MHz 16GBx2, OS-Windows 10 Pro 64bit, Chipset-ASUS-X570-ROG CROSSHAIR VIII FORMULA. To maximise the performance of the 980 PRO, please check whether your system supports PCIe 4.0 at the Intel or AMD website.

4 Results are based on a comparison made with the sequential read speed of Samsung PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSDs and SATA SSDs.

5 1GB=1,000,000,000 bytes by IDEMA. A certain portion of capacity may be used for system file and maintenance use, so the actual capacity may differ from what is indicated on the product label.

6 Samsung Electronics shall not be liable for any loss, including but not limited to loss of data or other information contained on Samsung Electronics product or loss of profit or revenue which may be incurred by user. For more information on the warranty, please visit samsung.com/sg/ssd/.

7 Five years or TBW, whichever comes first. TBW means Terabytes Written. For more information on the warranty, please find the enclosed warranty in the package.

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