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Samsung 980 PRO Review Rundown

Samsung Electronics | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of Samsung 980 PRO
4.5(1 user reviews)
  • Strong sequential and sequential write performance
  • Strong SLC cache performance
  • Slim and lightweight design
  • Only one CPU core to stress the drive
  • Lack of SLC caching

Summary

Samsung 980 PRO is the company's first PCIe 4.0 x4 series of M.2 drives with capacities up to 2TB. Samsung is abandoning the two bit per cell (MLC) memory that has been the hallmark of the PRO product lines.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

anandtech[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Anandtech have found the following[***]:
With the 980 PRO, Samsung is finally switching to three bit per cell (TLC) NAND flash memory. The 980 PRO's use of TLC instead of MLC may be the end of an era for SSDs. It has as much PCIe bandwidth as new PCIe 4.0 x4 SSDs, but the PM1725a is tuned for enterprise use cases.
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Pros[**]
  • Extremely fast sequential and sequential write speeds
  • Strong sequential performance
  • Strong SLC cache sizes
Cons[**]
  • Lacks SLC caching
  • SLC write performance could be better

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 90%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Samsung SSD 980 Pro is an M.2 drive with support for the latest iteration of the PCI Express bus. It's a bit expensive in the $229.99 1TB version we tested (it starts at $89.99 for a fourth of that trunk space) But it's an excellent value for its raw speed, if you can harness it.
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Pros[**]
  • Extremely fast for its size
  • High-quality M.2 drive
  • Long five-year warranty
Cons[**]
  • Pricey for the 1TB version

pcworld[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from Pcworld have found the following[***]:
The 980 Pro sports the same 2280 (22 mm wide, 80 mm long) form factor as all mainstream NVMe SSDs. You get 512MB of cache on the 256GB drive and 512GB drive ($150 on Amazon) The yet-to-be-priced 2TB model will have 2GB of cache. Samsung sent the 2TB version of the 980 Pro to us on 2/1/2021.
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Pros[**]
  • Impressive 48GB write and write performance
  • Excellent NVMe performance
  • Supports Intel Core i7-5820K/Asus X99 Deluxe
Cons[**]
  • TBW rating is a bit low

techadvisor[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
Samsung's new 980 Pro NVMe drives leverage the increased bandwidth of PCI Express 4.0. The drive is the standard 2280 length, and will fit and work on an existing PCIe 3.0 M.2 slot if you are waiting for a new system to be built, but you want this storage now. The fastest memory on the 980 Pro is the LPDDR4 DRAM, and then beneath that is the SLC cache and then the active storage, TLC NAND.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent performance for the price
  • Excellent M.2 PCIe lanes
  • Excellent build quality
Cons[**]
  • Only one PCIe x16 slot

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 91%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Samsung 980 Pro is the first Samsung SSD to take advantage of PCIe 4.0. It comes in three storage capacities: 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB. There will also be a 2TB model launching sometime in 2020, but we don't know how much that will cost. It's backed by a 5-year warranty, and the TBW rating is set to 300TB.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • 90% faster sequential read speed than a comparable PCIe 3.0 SSD
  • Fast V-NAND
  • 5-year warranty
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

tomshardware[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from Tomshardware have found the following[***]:
For the first time, the company's flagship Pro series SSD doesn't come with 2-bit MLC flash. Instead, the 980 Pro uses Samsung's latest 3-bit TLC flash to reduce costs. Samsung's 980 Pro is the SSD to get if you're building a high-end gaming or work machine with bleeding-edge performance in mind.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fast PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe controller and flash
  • Excellent performance for the price
  • AES 256-bit security
Cons[**]
  • Lacks 2-bit MLC flash

references

  1. 1. ^ The Samsung 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 SSD Review: A Spirit of Hope. Anandtech. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Samsung SSD 980 Pro Review. Pcmag. 22 September 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Samsung 980 Pro NVMe SSD review: PCIe 4.0 for the win. Pcworld. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Samsung 980 Pro review. Techadvisor. 19 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Samsung 980 Pro review. Techradar. 01 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. 6. ^ Samsung 980 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD Review: Redefining Gen4 Performance (Updated). Tomshardware. 17 February 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  7. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  8. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  9. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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